Community Investment Program

How It Works

With the financial help of our donors we are able to provide funding to support various programs and services throughout NWT communities. People contribute to the United Way NWT because they know that their gift will go a long way. 

Registered charites accross the NWT are invited to submit an application for funding from the United Way NWT. Grants will be issued up to $7,500 each.

We will also have a multi-year grant for up to $15,000 each year for three years. 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at office@nwt.unitedway.ca or 867-669-7986. 

This year we’ll only be accepting applications for single year programing.

Funding Application Process

NWT organizations who are registered charities are invited to submit an application for funding from the United Way NWT. 

Funding is allocated to projects who fit under one or more of the three following focus areas:

  • From poverty to possibility: Moving people out of poverty and meeting basic human needs
  • Healthy people, strong communities: Improving access to social and health-related support services and supporting resident and community engagement
  • All that kids can be: Improving access to early childhood learning and development programs, helping kids do well at school, and make the healthy transition into adulthood

You can either email your completed application to: office@nwt.unitedway.ca or mail it to us at:

United Way NWT
PO Box 1145 Stn. Main
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2N8

For further information or clarification, please contact us at office@nwt.unitedway.ca or 867-669-7986. 

This year we’ll only be accepting applications for single year funding.

Funding Evaluation Criteria

How Funding Decisions are Made

A Community Investment Committee, chaired by a member of the United Way NWT board of directors and assisted by members of the community, evaluates the applications on a composite scale reflecting performance in three areas:

“From poverty to possibility”
“Healthy people, strong communities”
“All that kids can be “

The Committee bases its assessment on information provided on the application form.

Committee members assign a rating for each criterion. The ratings are intended to identify the degree to which the agency meets the specific standards.

United Way NWT does not approve grants for school trips or animal related causes.

Criterion I: Effectiveness

Does the agency’s proposal address one of the three key areas? Which one? How?

How will this proposal impact people affected in the three key areas? How will this impact be demonstrated? What will success look like?

Does this proposal address identified barriers and gaps for individuals experiencing the effects of the three key areas?

Criterion II: Community Partnerships

Does this proposal build on existing community programs and funding in a way that maximizes impact on the community?

Does this proposal demonstrate a partnership among the other community based human service agencies?

Criterion III: Accessibility

Has the applicant demonstrated how it will reach out to the community and promote its program?

How many people will be impacted by this proposal?

Criterion IV: Management

Does the agency have a board in good-standing?

Through this proposal, does, this agency demonstrate sufficient capacity to carry out the work proposed and account for the resources used?

Is the organization financially stable? Is it in a deficit position?

Criterion V: Need for United Way Support

Does the agency demonstrate a need for United Way funding?

Could this project go ahead without United Way funding?

For more information: office@nwt.unitedway.ca or 867-669-7986.

Principles and Values

Principles and Values Guiding the Community Investment Committee are:

  • The United Way community investment program should be determined within a framework which is responsive to changing social conditions and community needs developed in consultation with human service agencies, other community organizations and all levels of government.
  • The United Way should develop a relationship with agencies based on mutual trust and respect, freedom from unreasonable demands and the sharing of goals.
  • The United Way recognizes that the volunteer board of directors of a program partner is in the best position to ensure the agency’s own accountability.
  • The United Way recognizes that program partners are generally providing effective and efficient services. The United Way expects that program partners will provide ongoing feedback that the project for which they have received funding is running smoothly; if they are in need of assistance or need to make changes, they will contact our office.
  • The United Way believes that in general, program partners are providing needed and desirable services; in the case of an exception, where that belief is subject to question, United Way will engage in discussion with the agency.
  • The United Way recognizes that its principles and processes must have sufficient flexibility to enable it to respond to the many needs and myriad of differences in program partners.
  • The United Way’s practice is that funded services be open to all members of the community for whom the service is appropriate.

Fund Distribution

United Way NWT provides funding support to projects and programs in three focus areas:

  • From poverty to possibility: Moving people out of poverty and meeting basic human needs
  • Healthy people, strong communities: Improving access to social and health-related support services and supporting resident and community engagement
  • All that kids can be: Improving access to early childhood learning and development programs, helping kids do well at school, and make a healthy transition into adulthood

For more information, please contact us at 867-669-7986 or office@nwt.unitedway.ca