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September 19, 2023
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is making changes to its arts project and arts operational funding to better support the arts sector, especially artists and craftspeople in small communities, and arts organizations.
These changes apply to arts funding programs administered by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment, but funding and marketing programs provided by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment that support economic development will not change
Changes include updates to how funding can be used, which types of projects are being funded, what information is required on the applications, and new reporting requirements in an effort to make the process less complicated and easier to understand.
Funding for artists and craftspeople
NWT Arts Council Grants have been restructured as Small Arts Project Grants and Medium Arts Project Grants.
These grants will continue to be juried by the NWT Arts Council, whose role is to review grant applications and make funding recommendations to the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment.
As a result of these changes there will not be a call out for NWT Arts Council Grants in October 2023. The new grants will continue to have two annual intakes; the deadlines will be February 28 and August 31 starting in 2024.
To help distribute funding equitably across the territory, there will be new funding quotas for the six regions (North Slave, South Slave, Dehcho, Beaufort Delta, Sahtu, and Tłı̨chǫ) based on population.
Both grants will have an updated and streamlined application processes.
Funding for arts organizations
The Arts Organizations and Support for Northern Performers funding have been merged and divided into two funding streams: Large Arts Project Fund and Arts Operating Fund. Previously, arts organizations, and non-arts organizations with a mandate to support the arts, were competing for the same pool of arts project funding as artists and craftspeople. This funding is designed to direct organizations to a dedicated fund to better suit their needs.
As we roll out the new changes, staff will be available to answer questions or help prepare applications. If you have questions or need advice in preparing your application, contact email@example.com or 867-767-9347 Ext. 71474.
“We are committed to making meaningful changes to arts programs and funding to help establish a strong and valued arts sector. These funding changes aim to provide financial and developmental support to artists, craftspeople, and arts organizations and foster the growth of the arts sector across the territory.”
– R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment
For media requests, please contact:
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
867-767-9352 Ext. 71073