Funding Programs

In accordance with the principles outlined in the Government of the Northwest Territories Cultural Contributions Policy, financial assistance is provided to individuals and organizations actively involved in the creation, preservation, promotion and enhancement of the arts, cultures, heritage and languages of the Northwest Territories.

Heritage Centres Contributions

This program provides funding to Registered and Emerging Heritage Centres for the operation of community-based facilities that acquire, preserve, and exhibit information, objects, artifacts and works of art portraying the heritage of the NWT.


Heritage Centres | centres du patrimoine

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Aboriginal Cultural Organizations Contributions

This program provides funding for the administration and operation of organizations that undertake the maintenance, promotion and development of traditional knowledge and culture in the Northwest Territories.


Aboriginal Cultural Organizations | organismes culturels autochtones

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NWT Arts Council Grants

NWT Arts Council Grants support and encourage the ongoing development and presentation of creative arts in the visual, literary, media and performing arts in the NWT. The NWT Arts Council recommends approval for organizations or individuals requesting funds for professional development, artistic work or public presentation on a project-specific basis only.

Support to Northern Performers Grants

This program provides grants for the development and promotion of Northwest Territories performing arts and for assisting NWT performing artists to participate in regional, national and international public festivals and events.


Support for Northern Performers | aide aux artistes de la scène du Nord

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Arts Organizations Contributions

Arts Organizations Operating Funding provides funding for ongoing operational support to established arts organizations and large annual events and festivals in the Northwest Territories. Eligibility is restricted to non-profit organizations which are registered and in good standing under The NWT Societies Act and whose headquarters and primary location of operation is in the NWT.


Arts Organizations | organismes artistiques

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Professional Support

Community Cultural Development offers planning assistance to community and regional museums, arts and cultural groups, and heritage or historical societies throughout the Northwest Territories who seek to develop facilities, program activities or projects.

Technical advice, orientations, workshops and training opportunities may be arranged upon request for the following services:

  • Archaeological research
  • Archival support services
  • Artifact loans
  • Conservation advice and support
  • Education kits
  • Fundraising advice
  • Exhibition development
  • School programs
  • Training programs and workshops
  • Traveling and temporary exhibits


To arrange assistance or discuss applications for specific projects under these programs please contact the Community Cultural Development Office at the following address:

Community Cultural Development Office, Culture & Heritage Division
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Telephone: 867-767-9347 ex 71474 Fax: 867-873-0205
or e-mail