Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for funding?

  • Any organization or community government can apply for funding.
  • To receive funding you will need liability insurance. If you are an NGO you will need a letter of good standing from Corporate Registries.
  • Contact the Senior Advisor, Anti-Poverty if you have questions:

How much can I apply for?

  • The Anti-Poverty Fund is $1 750 000 annually. With this limited amount, we try to support as many projects as possible across the territory.
  • There is no maximum or minimum funding limit for individual projects. See the list of previously funded projects for information on the average amount provided for projects to date.
  • Funded amounts are determined on a case by case basis and take into consideration the size, scope, and reach of the project or initiative, as well as the number of partners involved.  

What kinds of projects receive funding?

  • Projects must be tied to one or more of the Territorial Anti-Poverty Strategy Pillars.  These are:
    • Pillar 1: Child and Family Support
    • Pillar 2: Healthy Living and Reaching our Potential
    • Pillar 3: Safe and Affordable Housing
    • Pillar 4: Sustainable Communities
    • Pillar 5: Integrated Continuum of Services
  • Projects vary depending on the community or region they are located in and the need they are trying to address.

What are the funding timelines?

  • Applications to the Anti-Poverty Fund must be received by March 15, 5 p.m
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their application between March and April of each year, and funding agreements will be distributed between April and June of each year. 
  • Funding is allocated based on the fiscal year, which starts on April 1 of each year, and finishes on March 31 of each year.
  • Interim financial statements should be submitted by October 31 of each year, at which time the second and final payment will be released.
  • Final project reporting should be submitted by April 30 of each year.
  • Please contact us for reporting templates.

Who makes decisions on the application?

  • A multi-stakeholder committee reviews the proposals and makes recommendations to the Minister of Health and Social Services.
  • Following review of each recommendation, the Minister makes funding decisions.

How will I know whether my application has received funding?

  • Each applicant receives a letter detailing the results of their application.

What should be included in my application?

  • The Anti-Poverty Fund Application Form outlines all of the information an organization must provide to be considered for funding. Some important parts of the application include project summary, project goals, and project budget. 

How can I apply?

  • Applications must be submitted using the Anti-Poverty Fund Application Form by March 15, 5 p.m.
  • Applications can be submitted via email:, fax: (867) 873-3585 or by mail:

    Anti-Poverty Initiative
    c/o Department of Health and Social Services
    Box 1320
    Yellowknife, NT  X1A 2L9

What is required of successful applicants?

  • Successful applicants are required to submit financial and project activity reports at the conclusion of their projects, or annually for each year that they receive funding.
  • Financial and activity report templates are provided to help successful applicants submit their reports. 
  • Successful applicants may also be invited to participate in the Annual Anti-Poverty Round Table, and provide feedback on their experience to others working on poverty reduction.

Who can I contact for more information?

  • The Territorial Anti-Poverty Initiative is supported by the GNWT. GNWT’s support for the initiative is housed in the Department of Health and Social Services, and led by Indigenous Health and Community Wellness Division.  Contact the Senior Advisor, Anti-Poverty at

Anti-Poverty Fund Application Process 

  • Applications for the Anti-Poverty Fund must be received by March 15, 5 p.m
  • There are two sections to the application, each of which must be fully completed:
    • Funding Application
    • Project Budget
  • The form can be emailed to, or mailed to:

    Anti-Poverty Initiative
    c/o Department of Health and Social Services
    Box 1320
    Yellowknife, NT  X1A 2L9
  • Successful projects must have general liability insurance. Non-profit organizations must also have a letter of good standing from Corporate Registries. Be prepared to submit this documentation if your application is successful.