Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services announced the 2020 recipients for the $1 million Anti-Poverty Fund. The Fund helps support eligible organizations in their efforts to reduce poverty. The Anti-Poverty Advisory Committee, an external cross sector group, reviewed applications and made recommendations to the Minister for approval. This year, twenty eight grants were awarded to community, Indigenous and non-profit organizations.
To be considered for the Anti-Poverty fund, eligible organizations had to tie their project to one or more of the Territorial Anti-Poverty Strategy’s five pillars of child and family support; healthy living and reaching our potential; safe and affordable housing; sustainable communities; and integrated continuum of services. In addition, all proposals had to comply with the public health guidance in Emerging Wisely to ensure safety concerns associated with COVID-19.
This year’s successful proposals aim to reduce poverty by supporting: food security; those experiencing homelessness; early childhood development; employment and training; healthy living; supporting Traditional Knowledge; and on-the-land activities.
Highlights from the successful proposals include the Rapid Rehousing Program, run by the Yellowknife Women’s Society. This housing first program helps individuals experiencing homelessness to access and retain housing. The program provides targeted and time limited financial assistance and support services for those either at high risk of, or who are experiencing homelessness.
Another highlight is the Food First Foundation which supports meal, cooking and gardening programs in schools across the NWT. Healthy food helps children to be attentive in school, increasing their ability to concentrate, learn, and develop into healthy adults.
A third highlight is funding for the Tłįchǫ Łeagia Ts’įįlį Kǫ plans to establish a youth council that will develop a Behchokǫ̀ Youth Needs Assessment and Poverty Prevention Strategy to inform youth programming in the community.
“Our priority is to ensure residents have access to supports they need so that they can live in dignity, are free from poverty, and are active members in their communities. The Anti-Poverty Fund helps advance this by providing funding to eligible organizations to deliver community driven solutions on poverty reduction.”
- Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services
· Funding is allocated based on the fiscal year, which starts on April 1 of each year, and finishes on March 31 of each year.
· The Anti-Poverty Fund has an annual budget of $1,000,000. There is no maximum or minimum funding limit for individual projects.
· Because of COVID-19, all 59 applicants were contacted to amend their proposals to comply with the public health guidance from Emerging Wisely.
· Of these 41 proposals were resubmitted with amendments, requesting a total of over $2 million.
· 28 proposals were approved for funding.
· The range in awarded funding amounts for the 2020 Anti-Poverty Fund was $4,900 to $75,000.
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel: 867-767-9052 ext. 49034