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Northwest Territories Creative Industries Economic Recovery Funding

News Releases

Yellowknife — May 15, 2020

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is accepting funding proposals from professional artists in the Northwest Territories (NWT) recovering from the impacts of COVID-19.

Up to $3,000 is available to NWT artists or commercial film and media arts producers with lost revenues or whose activities are restricted due to physical distancing requirements.

Activities may include, but are not limited to: the creation of artwork, song writing, book writing, play development, theatre/dance development, script writing, creating a promotional film reel, photography, business development, marketing and promotional activities, online training and certification. 

Up to $5,000 is also being made available to registered NWT arts businesses, not-for-profit organizations and collectives.

Activities may include, but are not limited to: projects that promote and express NWT arts or culture through this time as a means of uniting and responding to crises.



“From diamond mines to traditional artists, our economy is comprised of many different elements.  As we work to stimulate recovery across all sectors, investments in the arts sector will position these home-based businesses and individual entrepreneurs to contribute to and benefit from the restoration of economic activities. Our economic recovery will need to begin within our territory’s borders; and it will depend greatly on what we can do together and for each other.”

-Katrina Nokleby, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment


“The physical distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought to light the necessity of the arts in our lives, from the books we read to the films we watch, the music we listen to, and the crafts we make. As we support one another through this pandemic, we must ensure NWT artists are able to continue this important, unifying work that supports our collective well-being.”

-R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education Culture and Employment


Quick Facts:

·       This initiative is being funded jointly by the Departments of Industry, Tourism and Investment and Education, Culture and Employment.

·       $250,000 has been committed to this economic-recovery initiative.


Related Links:

·       Information and Guidelines

·       NWTArts

·       NWT Film


Media contact:

Cabinet Communications

Government of the Northwest Territories