Support for Arts

(Photo: Fishscale artwork by Jennifer Buckley, Hay River)

The Government of the Northwest Territories provides support programs that are delivered by the Departments of Industry, Tourism, and Investment (ITI) and Education, Culture, and Employment (ECE). Financial supports help build and strengthen the NWT’s unique and creative arts culture.

The NWT Arts Program

  •  The NWT Arts Program promotes arts and fine crafts to local, national and international markets. Program registration is free to all NWT artists including those in traditional and contemporary visual arts and fine crafts, performing arts, literary arts and film/new media.

Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED)

  • SEED offers contributions to small businesses and entrepreneurs including artists. The Micro Business Program includes funding allocated for the arts which can be used for tools, equipment, travel and shipping assistance, and marketing.
  • Funding has also been allocated to support film development and production within the NWT: Film and Media Sector Funding Schedule 

Hide and Fur Program

  • The Hide and Fur Program supports NWT artisans by ensuring a supply of raw materials at affordable prices.

For more information, please view the Guide to Arts Funding below, contact your regional office.