Funding and Support

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment provides a range of funding for individuals and organizations who are involved in the creation, preservation, promotion and enhancement of the arts, cultures, heritage, and languages of the Northwest Territories.

For artists

Northern performers grants

This program provides grants for the development and promotion of Northwest Territories performing arts and for assisting NWT performing artists to participate in regional, national, and international public festivals and events.

NWT Arts Council grants

NWT Arts Council Grants support and encourage the ongoing development and presentation of creative arts in the visual, literary, media and performing arts in the NWT. 

For Indigenous organizations

Indigenous cultural organizations contributions

This program provides funding for the administration and operation of organizations that undertake the maintenance, promotion and development of traditional knowledge and culture in the Northwest Territories.

For art organizations

Arts organizations contributions

Arts Organizations Operating Funding provides funding for ongoing operational support to established arts organizations and large annual events and festivals in the Northwest Territories. 

For heritage centres

Heritage centres contributions

This program provides funding to Registered and Emerging Heritage Centres for the operation of community-based facilities that acquire, preserve, and exhibit information, objects, artifacts and works of art portraying the heritage of the NWT.