Art and Film Support

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Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:59

NWT Arts Council Funding 

Due to the need to prioritize essential services, some NWT Arts Council payments are delayed. 

Applications received for the October deadline were adjudicated and are being routed, but are behind by a few weeks. ECE is reaching out to applicants to inform them of the situation and expected timelines.

Applications received for the February 28, 2020 deadline are expected to be reviewed in May 2020. Prior to making any final decisions, the Council may follow up with applicants for a chance to change proposals if it is clear that projects will be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next Arts Council intake is October 31, 2020. Any updates or changes to the funding guidelines or deadlines will be posted on the website and circulated widely.

For all funding recipients, it is understood that projects might be altered due to COVID-19. As long as funding is still being used for eligible expenses related to the project, that is considered acceptable. If the entire project is cancelled, please contact the Arts Council to discuss returning the funds.

Arts Organizations, Heritage Centres and Indigenous Cultural Organizations Operational Contributions 

Operational funding applications had a deadline of March 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Application reviews and payments are on track. 

It is understood that some of the activities outlined in the applications might change due the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations may use the money received for other eligible expenses over the course of the year. 

The GNWT recognizes that organizations will still need funding to stay operational despite the cancellation of events. We ask that clients keep track of the economic impacts of COVID-19 and show how the funding was used. Please refer to the application form for a list of eligible expenses. 

Support to Northern Performers 

Support to Northern Performers applications for 2020-2021 were due March 31, 2020. Decisions for funding will be made on a case-by-case basis, with the assumption that currently scheduled events will still go ahead. 

If events are cancelled, recipients may use the funding to cover other eligible expenses (such as fees related to cancellations) and should document all COVID-19 related impacts. 

If all of the performance activities are cancelled, please contact the office to discuss returning the funds.

If you did not apply for funding in March due to current uncertainty, but your event is confirmed to go ahead later in the year, please contact our office to discuss.

Other funding resources

Contact us

If you still have questions about GNWT Arts Funding, email us at

Please note that our ability to respond promptly to emails will depend on staff availability and the volume of inquiries we receive. We will do our best to manage all requests in a timely fashion. 

Other Arts Organizations

Resources for NWT Artists through Education, Culture and Employment

Information on NWT Arts funding through the Department of Education, Culture and Employment.

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council will continue to process grant payments as usual. Visit the Canada Council for the Art website for information for artists/organizations in need of emergency funding and more on federal government support measures.

Canadian Heritage Grants Related to COVID-19

The Department of Canadian Heritage will continue to accept applications for future activities. Please visit their website for contact information.

Have you recently received or applied for funding under Canadian Heritage grants? Visit this website for a FAQ on handling cancellations or postponing activities.

Metric Categories Document

This document helps artists gauge and track the economic impacts of COVID-19 on the arts and culture sector.

Tool to track COVID-19 Revenue Loss for the Creative Sector

This tool allows artists to monitor and document revenue lost during COVID-19 for reporting purposes.

Canadian Museums Association

The Canadian Museums Association is working to support museums across the country. Visit their website for more information.   

Independent Arts Resources