After School Physical Activity Program

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This program provides funding to schools and community-based organizations to build on existing programs or create new physical activities for all school-aged children and youth during the after-school time period, with a strong focus on engaging currently inactive or underactive youth.

Projects funded across the territory include a broad range of activities, including:

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing 
  • Nordic walking 
  • Hip hop
  • Floor hockey 
  • Badminton
  • Equipment such as soccer and basketballs; to set up fitness centres with cardio and weight machines; or to provide students with a healthy snack to fuel their play.

Available Funding

$765,000 is available annually. The funding will vary by school depending on whether the school accesses the healthy snack funding. Typical contributions are between $12,000 to $15,000 per school.

Eligible expenses include (but are not necessarily limited to)

  • Equipment;
  • Staff (including youth leaders);
  • Staff and youth leader training;
  • Healthy snacks;
  • Facility rental (activities are not limited to school property); and
  • Program fees (in user-pay programs) for children and youth who would otherwise not be able to participate due to financial constraints.


This program is typically delivered in April/May annually. 


Funding is offered to the following organizations: 

  • Schools (Kindergarten-12); and
  • Community organizations that work in partnership with schools and/or the community recreation department. In order for community organizations to be eligible, the application form must be co-signed by a school Principal or the Recreation Coordinator.

In order to be eligible, the following criteria must be met:

  • Provide positive benefits to ten (10) or more students;
  • Within a one hour period, participants must be active a minimum of 40 minutes;
  • Primarily targets inactive or underactive children and youth;
  • Takes place in the after school time period (3:30 pm – 8:00 pm);
  • Targets school-aged children and youth: 5-19 years old;
  • Activities allow all children and youth to participate regardless of experience and/or physical activity level;
  • Your activity may target specific age groups; and
  • Engages and trains youth in positions of leadership and responsibility.

How to apply

This program is targeted to schools. 

GNWT staff work directly with school authorities to ensure they are aware of the funding, and will assist with applications. A call for applications will be issued each spring. 

Interested schools or community organizations should email for additional information.

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