Fund Distribution

United Way NWT provides funding support to projects and programs in three focus areas:

  • From poverty to possibility: Moving people out of poverty and meeting basic human needs
  • Healthy people, strong communities: Improving access to social and health-related support services and supporting resident and community engagement
  • All that kids can be: Improving access to early childhood learning and development programs, helping kids do well at school, and make a healthy transition into adulthood

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The successful applicants for our 2018 Community Investment Fund are:

Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife

Children’s First Society

Community Garden Society of Inuvik

Dene Nahjo

Ecology North

Food First Foundation

Foster Family Coalition of NWT

The Hay River Soup Kitchen

Inuvik Food Bank

Inuvik Youth Centre

NWT Literacy Council

Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife

Yellowknife Association of Community Living

Yellowknife District Girl Guides

Yellowknife Senior’s Society

Yellowknife Women’s Society

YK Cares

YWCA Healthy Food Box Program


Inuvik Youth Centre Society

The Inuvik Youth Centre Society offers free educational, recreational and cultural programming for youth in Inuvik aged 5 through to 18 years old.

K'alemi Dene School Cubs

K'alemi Dene School received funds to be able to start a cub scouts section at the school!

Northern Youth Leadership

Northern Youth Leadership provides camps to NWT youth three times a year. Funds from the United Way NWT go to supporting these camps; a hiking & survival camp, and two paddle trips.

Aklavik Indian Band

Through the United Way NWT funds, Aklavik Indian Band will provide services and supports to seniors and Elders in Aklavik to ensure that they are active, safe, and provided for. The main goal is to get seniors out of their homes and active in a safe environment. Two get togethers will be offered to Elders twice weekly at the Band office with nutritious food, entertainment, guest speakers and opportunities to visit with their friends.

Pehdzeh Ki First Nations

Pehdzeh Ki First Nations received fund to enable children to take part in the existing Early Childhood play and learning offerings. There is also a family component, including nutritious cooking, sewing projects, and literacy. Youth will be able to have a wide array of experiences beyond the confines of the youth center building with a van designated for child and youth programs. Short trips, outdoor/on the land experiences, and longer field trips to participate in youth activities, workshops, or our own planned trip so they can benefit from seeing other places and learn about the world.

Community Garden Society of Inuvik

With the United Way NWT funds this year, the Community Garden Society of Inuvik will be able to introduce more youth to gardening in three main ways:

  • garden creation at the youth home;
  • garden programs for kids weekly; and
  • a 3-4 day camp for youth
The Soup Kitchen

The Soup Kitchen, in Hay River, received funds to support some core costs. The Soup Kitchen meets the needs of the hungry in Hay River.

Keepers of the Land Program - Deh Gah Elementary

The Keepers of the Land Program is a program that provides youth with leadership opportunities and inter-community exchange through a series of experiential learning activities.

Yellowknife Association for Community Living

Community Inclusion and YayFusion/Young Adult Group are programs meant to support increased community inclusion activities for individuals (teens and adults) with intellectual and other disabilities.

Ecology North

The United Way NWT is excited to continue providing Ecology North with the support to continue with the schools' garden programs in 2017 that currently involves four existing gardens in Yellowknife, and will be introducing one new garden!

Yellowknife Women's Society

The Yellowknife Women's Society received funds to support their Healthy Baby and Toddler Club Program Revitalization, in order to better attract and maintain participation by at-risk mothers aged 24 and under.

Food First Foundation

The United Way NWT funds will go towards providing gardening supplies and kits to schools in order to integrate what is grown into the existing Tastemakers program, and to purchase much needed equipment to enhance breakfast programs in NWT schools across the territory. Funds will also go towards supporting operational and maintenance costs.


The YWCA of the NWT is using United Way NWT funds to work to increase the well-being of families through provision of weekly cooking classes that incorporate healthier food and use of traditional food in a healthier way, and providing food hampers to promote social, cultural and economic well-being and alleviate some economic stress on local families.

Food Rescue Yellowknife (multi-year)

Funds will go towards hiring a part-time Site Coordinator to help coordinate and support the organization in picking up food from businesses and redistributing it to clients across Yellowknife.

Fort Smith Ecumenical Group Soup Kitchen & Food Bank

The funding from the United Way NWT will go towards operational funding to provide non-perishable food to supplement what families in Fort Smith are unable to purchase.

Girl Guides of Canada - NWT

Girl Guides of Canada - NWT have been working to advance the upgrade and renovation of their Camp Dechinta, where girls spend time at camp. The United Way NWT has been proud to support this initiative for a number of years.

Hay River Committee for Persons with Disabilities

This project is to provide a variety of after-school programs and events for youth in the Hay River community focusing on improving health and improving social communication. They will be offering nutrition/cooking classes, crafts, gaming, community garden participation and physical activity participation/events (bowling, swimming, indoor/outdoor sports, etc.)

Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre

The community of Inuvik deals with overwhelming number of deaths, many from cancer. Lack of awareness and grief counselling leave many residents who are contemplating suicide. In order to help Inuvik grow healthy, the Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre will be providing services within this area.

Inuvik Emergency Warming Centre Society

The funds from the United Way NWT will go towards helping to continue to serve meals during breakfast, lunch and supper to clients who access the Warming Centre.

Inuvik Food Bank

Funds from the United Way NWT go towards supporting the operational costs of running the food bank in Inuvik to provide food free of charge for those in need.

Inuvik Homeless Shelter Advisory Board

The Inuvik Homeless Shelter Advisory Board received funds to support operational costs in order to improve the quality of services offered to the homeless population of Inuvik, providing shelter for up to 25 adults each night.


2016 Recipients

Thanks to the generous donations of many people, the United Way of the Northwest Territories has been able to invest more $150,000 back into NWT communities in 2016. Here is the complete list of grant recipients:

  • NWT Breast Health/Cancer Action/Awareness Group (Multi-Year Recipient)
  • Children First Society
  • CNIB
  • Community Garden Society of Inuvik
  • Ecology North
  • Food First Foundation
  • Food Rescue (Yellowknife)
  • Fort Smith Ecumenical Group Soup Kitchen & Food Bank
  • Foster Family Coalition of the NWT
  • Girl Guides of Canada - NWT 
  • Hay River Seniors' Society
  • Inuvik Food Bank
  • Mildred Hall School
  • MS Society of Canada - NWT Division
  • Northern Youth Leadership
  • The Soup Kitchen
  • Yellowknife Association for Community Living
  • Yellowknife Scouts
  • YK Cares
  • YWCA Yellowknife


2015 Recipients

Thanks to the generous donations of many people, the United Way of the Northwest Territories has been able to invest more $90,000 back into NWT communities in 2015. Here is the complete list of grant recipients:

  • Children First Society, Inuvik, NT - Community Play Group
  • Ecology North, Yellowknife, NT - Ecology Matters
  • Food First Foundation, Pan-territorial - School Food Program Equipment
  • Food Rescue, Yellowknife, NT - Food Rescue
  • Fort Smith Ecumenical Group Soup Kitchen and Food Bank, Fort Smith, NT - Food Bank and Soup Kitchen
  • Foster Family Coalition of NWT, Pan-territorial - Camp Connections Kitchen Equipment
  • The Soup Kitchen, Hay River, NT - Soup Kitchen, Food Bank and Food Rescue
  • Inuvik Homeless Shelter, Inuvik, NT - Homeless Shelter
  • Inuvik Youth Centre, Inuvik, NT – Youth Drop-In Program 
  • Northern Youth Leadership, Pan-territorial – Northern Youth Gana River Summer Camp 
  • NWT Breast Health/Cancer Support Group, Pan-territorial – Breast Health and Cancer Support 
  • NWT Literacy Council, Pan-territorial – Talk to Me Educational Program 
  • Order of St. Lazarus, Pan-territorial – North of 60 Distribution of Caregiver Guides and Palliative Care Blankets
  • SideDoor Youth Ministries, Yellowknife, NT – Life Skills and Cooking Program 
  • Special Olympics NWT, Pan-territorial – Special Olympics
  • Yellowknife Association for Community Living, Yellowknife, NT – Community Inclusion and YayFusion Young Adult Group 
  • Yellowknife Family Centre, Yellowknife, NT – Monday Madness, Tasty Tuesdays and Parenting Workshops 
  • Yellowknife Scouts, Yellowknife, NT – Scout House Window and Security Repairs
  • YK Food Bank, Yellowknife, NT – Food Bank 
  • YWCA Yellowknife, Yellowknife, NT – YWCA GirlSpace Summer Workshop 


2014 Recipients

Thanks to the generous donations of many people, the United Way of the Northwest Territories has been able to invest more $50,000 back into NWT communities in 2014. Here is the complete list of grant recipients:

  • Canadian Hard of Hearing Association of Yellowknife, Sound Sense Program
  • East Three Secondary School, Lights On project
  • FoodFirst Foundation, NWT
  • Food Rescue (Yellowknife)
  • Inuvik Youth Center, Beaufort Boys
  • NWT- Girl Guides of Canada, Area Camp
  • NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group, Cancer Psycho-social Support Program
  • NWT Foster Family Coalition, Camp Connections
  • Special Olympics NWT, Active Start & FUNdamentals
  • Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation, OT Traveling Clinics
  • Yellowknife Association for Community Living, Community Inlcusion and YayFusion
  • Yellowknife Catholic Schools, Family Center
  • Yellowknife Food Bank
  • Yellowknife Seniors’ Society, Lunch with a Bunch
  • YWCA, Boys’ Summer Camp
  • YWCA, Transitional Housing Program