United Way NWT funding reaches new communities for the first time

Monday, March 13, 2017

United Way NWT funding reaches new communities for the first time

Jacq Brasseur

The United Way NWT is proud to announce the full list of non-profits who will be receiving a grant from our Community Investment Fund in 2017.

The Community Investment Fund is a fund that is invested annually to non-profits all over the Northwest Territories by the United Way NWT. The amount of funding available relies mostly on the donations made by donors through workplace giving campaigns. This year, $170,000 worth of grants will be provided to non-profit organizations in the Northwest Territories.

The number of applications to the grant program increased by almost 50% this year, seeing the total request for funding reach $285,000. The number of applications from outside of Yellowknife also increased significantly, which reflects the work the United Way NWT has been doing to increase awareness of the organization outside of the major centres.

“We were excited to be able to provide grants to non-profits in communities that we haven’t been able to invest in yet,” said Tracy St-Denis, Chair of the United Way NWT. “Donors from every region of the Northwest Territories donate to the United Way through their workplace charitable campaigns, so it will be meaningful for them to see money going to every corner of the NWT.”

Agencies from Aklavik, Inuvik, Fort Providence, Fort Smith, Hay River, N’dilo, Yellowknife and Wrigley were successful in being approved for funding. A full list of recipients can be found attached to this release.

Last year, the United Way NWT introduced a pilot multi-year funding project that saw $15,000 a year for three years committed to one lucky non-profit organization. In 2016, the successful organization was the NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group. This year, the successful organization is Food Rescue (Yellowknife). Food Rescue has provided almost 2 million kilograms of foods to other non-profit agencies in Yellowknife and the surrounding area since 2008.

List of Recipients

  1. Food Rescue (Yellowknife) – Multi-Year Recipient
  2. Aklavik Indian Band
  3. Community Garden Society of Inuvik
  4. Ecology North
  5. Food First Foundation
  6. Fort Smith Ecumenical Group Soup Kitchen/Food Bank
  7. Girl Guides of Canada – Yellowknife
  8. Hay River Committee for Persons with Disabilities
  9. Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre
  10. Inuvik Emergency Warming Centre Society
  11. Inuvik Food Bank
  12. Inuvik Homeless Shelter Advisory Board
  13. Inuvik Youth Centre Society
  14. K’alemi Dene School Cubs
  15. Keeper’s Program – Deh Gah Elementary and Secondary Schools
  16. Northern Youth Leadership
  17. Pehdzeh Ki First Nations
  18. The Soup Kitchen (Hay River)
  19. Yellowknife Association for Community Living
  20. Yellowknife Women’s Society
  21. YWCA of NWT