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Funding

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) offers various kinds of financial assistance programs and services delivered by the Departments of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI).

Education Culture and Employment

Since 1985, ECE has supported the NWT Arts Council as it strives to stimulate and promote northern Art. The Council's role is to provide recommendations to the Minister of ECE regarding financial awards and workshops.

ECE also has a variety of Community Programs designed to aid in the development and promotion of Performing Arts in the NWT and for the featuring of NWT Performing Artists at local and regional public festivals and events.

Industry, Tourism and Investment

ITI recognizes the importance of tradition and the economic potential of the NWT arts and fine crafts industry. ITI's support is provided through the Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Policy and offers grants to small businesses, artists and entrepreneurs aimed at traditional economy, arts, film and similar self-employment activities.

ITI also supports marketing and promotional efforts nationally and internationally by bringing awareness to the importance and value of traditional art and fine crafts in the NWT. It does this through the NWT Arts Program.

A summary of the GNWT funding resources can be found in the document, A Guide to Arts Funding.

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Government of the Northwest Territories

Application Deadline: 
February

Since 1985, ECE has supported the NWT Arts Council as it strives to stimulate and promote northern Art. The Council's role is to provide recommendations to the Minister of ECE regarding financial awards and workshops. If you would like to apply for funding, please click here to download the application form.

ECE also has a Support to Northern Performers program designed to aid in the development and promotion of Performing Arts in the NWT and for the featuring of NWT Performing Artists at local and regional public festivals and events.

Who is Eligible: 

NWT Residents

How to Apply: 

Download and submit this application.

Other Funding Sources

Canadian Heritage plays a vital role in the cultural and civic life of Canadians. Canadian Heritage offers financial support to organizations who contribute to departmental objectives related to culture, arts, heritage, official languages, citizenship and participation, Aboriginal, youth, and sport initiatives.

Who is Eligible: 

Residents of Canada. 

How to Apply: 

Follow the link to the website.

The Canada Council for the Arts offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in dance, media arts, music, theatre, writing and publishing, interdisciplinary work and performance art, and the visual arts. All programs are accessible to Aboriginal artists or arts organizations, and artists or arts organizations from diverse cultural or regional communities.

Who is Eligible: 

Established Artists

How to Apply: 

Follow the link to the website for funding option requirments.