The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs encourages and supports community groups in delivering children and youth programming that focuses on healthy childhood development, physical literacy, resiliency and mental health. The Children and Youth Resiliency Program provides funding to organizations that provide services to people under 25 years of age and children between the ages of 6-12 years of age. Funding for this program is part of the Government of the Northwest Territories Anti-Poverty strategy.
The Children and Youth Resiliency Program will provide $15,000 in funding for each community in the NWT annually. This funding will be available to community governments, school authorities, and children and youth serving organizations. Organizations are encouraged to coordinate applications for funding to maximize benefits for local training and program delivery.
If your project is accepted all funding will be provided up-front upon signing of a contribution agreement, once your program is completed you will be required to provide a report detailing what you used the funds for and how they benefited your community.
Eligibility and Criteria
Begin your planning immediately so that when the application form arrives, your plan is approved and ready to submit. These application forms will be delivered to your community in late March each fiscal year. Projects and programs need to be completed by March 31 the following year.
The funding helps cover expenses related to program operations, training, equipment, and hosting events.
Funding can be used for new initiatives or to top up existing funding being accessed through other sources.
Funding can be used to purchase equipment or materials that promote:
- healthy childhood development, physical literacy, resiliency, and mental health.
- This could include:
- indoor or outdoor equipment,
- craft supplies,
- fundamental movement kits and DVDs for the program,
- promotional materials and posters on healthy foods, rules, bullying, etc.
Capital or renovation costs over $5,000 are not eligible
Staff – Fund a part time assistant, or specialized staff to deliver programs and/or supplement current salary levels of full time staff.
Volunteers – Funds can be used to promote volunteerism or provide necessary support to have volunteers assist with the program.
Special Events – Add new support to your program. Host a family day for the community to promote your program or similar events that meet the goals of the funding program.
For full details on theChild and Youth Resiliency Program Policy.