Anti-Poverty Fund

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This program provides funding for anti-poverty initiatives in the Northwest Territories (NWT) that show concrete action towards reducing poverty.

The Anti-Poverty fund supports projects:

  • providing a tangible service or support at the community level;
  • demonstrating the potential to improve social outcomes for residents in a tangible and measurable fashion;
  • proposing to develop or implement a new approach to program or service delivery at the community level;
  • demonstrating the ability to develop meaningful partnerships with other organizations and support an integrated approach in responding to multiple social issues.

Available Funding

A maximum of $1,750,000 is available each year under the program. There is no minimum or maximum amount per project. Multi-year projects will be considered.


5:00 PM, March 15, 2024.


  • Indigenous governments in the NWT;
  • Community governing authorities (Band Council, Metis Local, Charter Community or municipal council); and
  • Non-government organizations that can demonstrate partnership or support from an Indigenous or community governing authority.

GNWT entities, including schools and health centres, are not eligible to apply. They may be included as partners in projects led by eligible applicant organizations.

Eligible projects must be located in the NWT. They may be new initiatives or enhancements of existing projects.

How to apply

  1. Complete an application form.
  2. Send the completed application form to

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Contact us

Anti-Poverty Initiative
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
8th floor, Centre Square Tower
5022 49th Street
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife NT  X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-767-9064 ext. 49342
Fax: 867-873-3585