Get Active NWT

Organization Sponsor: Northwest Territories Municipal and Community Affairs


Program Description

Get Active is a program to get people more physically active in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Community organizations are encouraged to apply for $750 to organize and deliver three community oriented physical activity events. Possible events include: Dene games, Nordic walking, sliding, snowshoeing, swimming, a cross-country ski loppet, elders fitness day, family Olympics, winter golf, or a sports tournament.

Applications will be approved based on how well they meet the Get Active criteria, and the number and quality of applications from each community and region.


Open to community organizations in the NWT;
The organization will plan, organize and host three community-oriented physical activity events (each of the three events must be different from each other);
Events must be free for participants;
The three physical activity events are designed to target as many different groups of the community as possible;
The three physical activity events must occur between October 22, 2012 – March 22, 2013; and
The organization must send in a final written report (a template will be provided) by March 22, 2013.

The Grant

The $750 grant will be awarded in two parts. When an application is approved, $375 will be sent to your community organization. After receiving the event summary reports for the three events the remaining half of the grant will be provided. You can use the Get Active grant for costs related to your community-oriented physical activity event. It can help with:

purchasing or renting equipment;
event promotion and advertising;
rental space or venue fees;
healthy snacks; and/or
event prizes

Every event organizer will be entered in a draw to win a flight for two from First Air*. All approved organizations will also receive a Get Active prize pack to use at their own discretion.

The Get Active program also funds the Active After School program in schools across the territory, where swarms of students might be found gathering in school gymnasiums after school for games and activities.

Funding Sources: 

Government of the Northwest Territories ,Department of Municipal and Community Affairs, NWT Recreation and Parks Association, First Air

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Established in 1989, the NWT Recreation and Parks Association works with communities across the NWT to promote healthy living through active recreation.

Impact Of Program: 

Almost all communities were involved. In the first year 32 communities signed on and over 80 events were hosted. In 2011 cross NWT there will be 234 community events organized, including 48 in Yellowknife. “The benefits outweigh the efforts. It will certainly help in overall reduction of health care costs. We work closely with our partners in health, education and justice and we’re looking at tracking results and seeing return on the investment. But so far, it’s positive.”

Evaluation Tools: 

Choose is the GNWT’s stamp of approval for programs that support NWT residents to make healthy choices about healthy eating, physical activity, mental wellness, healthy sexuality, injury prevention, living tobacco free, and supporting healthy children and families. For more information about Choose programs, visit

Key Elements Towards Success: 

“Get Active NWT events offer residents a fun way to be active, and encourage individuals and families to get involved in healthy activities with their friends and neighbours.”Get Active NWT event organizers will have their names entered into a draw to win one of two pairs of airline passes courtesy of First Air, Get Active NWT’s corporate sponsor.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Grant recipients must organize three physical activity events in their community.The clincher is events need to be new and offer an engaging way to get people outside in order to have access to the grants.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This project was created in 2006.

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