Healthy Choices Fund

Applying for the Healthy Choices Fund

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Healthy Choices Fund?

The Healthy Choices Fund (HCF) provides funding to eligible applicants that maximize the impact of health promotion and prevention activities that support individuals, families, and communities to make positive lifestyle choices in the Northwest Territories.

Who can apply for the Healthy Choices Fund?

  • Indigenous governments in the Northwest Territories recognized by the Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs.
  • Community governing authorities (Band Council, Metis Local, Charter Community or Municipal Council).
  • Non-government organizations that can demonstrate partnership or support from an Aboriginal or community governing authority.
  • NWT Health and Social Service Authorities.

What are the requirements for accessing the Healthy Choices Fund?

Eligible projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Provide a tangible service or support at the community, regional or territorial level.
  • Demonstrate the potential to improve health outcomes for residents in a tangible and measurable fashion.
  • Link activities to existing community or regional based programs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop meaningful partnerships with other organizations and support an integrated approach in promoting healthy choices.
  • Be located in the Northwest Territories.

What are the funding levels?

You can apply for funding in the following range:

  • $10,000.00 minimum
  • $75,000.00 maximum

Multi-year funding is available.

Are multi-year projects considered under the Healthy Choices Fund?

Multi-year projects are considered for funding if the project can demonstrate sustainability (i.e. can be carried over several years and will benefit from multi-year funding).

What happens if there are competing projects?

If there are multiple competing projects, and there is insufficient funding to provide support for each project, priority will be given to projects that:

  • Demonstrate partnerships.
  • Demonstrate sustainability:
    • the project can be carried over for several years and will benefit from multi-year funding
    • decrease dependence on one source of funding and shift financial support for program implementation to a new funding stream

How is the Healthy Choices Fund advertised?

The Healthy Choices Fund is advertised in newspapers for two weeks in January. The advertisement contains the web link to access the Questions and Answers, Instructions and Application form which are stored on the Health and Social Services webpage.

The Healthy Choices Fund is also advertised on the Health and Social Services website under program funding.

How often can I apply for the Healthy Choices Fund over the year?

Applications are reviewed in January and successful project applicants are notified in February.

Can I submit several applications for different projects?

Organizations may submit as many applications as they want. However, there is no guarantee that all applications submitted from one organization will be funded due to competing proposals and limited funding availability.

What information do I need to provide in my Healthy Choices Fund application?

You will need to provide a detailed 300-word description of our project proposal along with a detailed budget of cost factors related to delivering the project.

You will need to provide the following documents to support your proposal:

  • Liability Insurance that expires no sooner than March 31 of the fiscal year;
  • Letter of good standing from Societies Registrar or Letter of Incorporation;
  • 3 letters of support from organizations that understand and demonstrate how they will support your project; and
  • Identification of additional funding applied for/received for this project.

How long does it take to process my application?

Review, grading, and discussion of all applications can take two to three weeks based on the availability of the Healthy Choices Committee.

Final approval of applications will take an additional 2 – 3 days.

Processing of Contribution Agreements is dependent on the applicant submitting all relevant documentation with the application as well as ensuring the project budget is calculated correctly.

Who makes the decision on which applications get funded?

The applications are reviewed by a HCF Committee composed of members from the Departments of Health and Social Services (Chairperson), Education, Culture & Employment (ECE), Justice (DoJ) and Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA). The committee reviews and grades all proposals that are submitted. The applications must have a passing mark of 65% or better to receive funding.

How are decisions made to determine which applications get funded?

  • Each application is marked on the ability to meet the criteria of Eligibility, Funding Objectives, Sustainability, Measurability and Concreteness and Accessibility
  • All projects must be located in the NWT.
  • Applications must demonstrate partnerships.

Will I be notified if my application gets approved or not approved?

All applicants receive a letter advising whether their application has been approved or not.

All applicants whose applications are not approved also receive a phone call from the Healthy Choices Fund Committee Chair advising why their application was not approved for funding.

What project costs are covered under the Healthy Choices Fund?

The project costs covered by the Healthy Choices Fund are:

  • Materials and Supplies (including, but not limited to, all program/workshop expenses such as program supplies, advertising, hall rentals, snacks and drinks, printing etc.)
  • Staff Expenses (including, but not limited to, travel expenses for training)
  • Facilitator Fees and Expenses (including, but not limited to, travel and accommodation).
  • Administration Fee at 5% of project costs.

Do I have to provide narrative reports and revenue expenditures reports on the project I receive Healthy Choices Funds for?

Yes, interim and final narrative reports and revenue expenditures reports along with pictures of the project, project materials developed etc. are the deliverables the applicant is expected to submit to the GNWT.

Schedule C of the Contribution Agreement will identify the deliverables owing to the GNWT based on the application being funded.

What types of projects does the Healthy Choices Fund support?

Projects:

  • that provide a tangible service or support at the community, regional or territorial level.
  • that demonstrate the potential to improve health outcomes for residents in a tangible and measurable fashion.
  • where activities link to existing community, regional or territorial based programs.
  • that demonstrate the ability to develop meaningful partnerships with other organizations and support an integrated approach in promoting healthy choices.
  • located in the NWT.

Can I see examples of other successfully funded projects?

Yes. For ideas and information on what others doing, as well as past examples, please email hcif@gov.nt.ca.

Can I apply for Healthy Choices Funding if I received other Government of Northwest funding (e.g. Anti-Poverty Funding)?

Yes, you can apply for Healthy Choices Funding when you have received funding from other sources. However, you need to identify other sources of funding as indicated in the application form.