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Anti-Poverty projects selected for funding

YELLOWKNIFE (August 18, 2014) – Fourteen organizations have been selected to receive Anti-Poverty funding in the NWT. The Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) Anti-Poverty Action Plan received $500,000 to provide organizations with funding for projects and initiatives to help reduce poverty at community, regional and territorial levels. Applicants submitted project proposals for review by the Anti-Poverty Action Plan Advisory Committee and approval from Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy.

“The successful proposals demonstrated ingenuity and respect for culture and tradition. The GNWT is proud to assist these fourteen organizations in realizing the objectives they have outlined in their proposals and to ultimately improve the lives of people in the territory,” said Minister Abernethy.

The fourteen organizations were selected based their particular initiative and how it would help address certain aspects of poverty in the NWT. The successful applicants will receive funding amounts ranging from $7,000 to $80,000, based on the size, targets and objectives of the different projects.

“The range of initiatives that each chosen project proposed cover each part of the territory, all of which help address some aspect of the picture of poverty in the NWT. Most importantly I believe this partnership between the GNWT, Aboriginal and community governments, Band Councils, NGOs and other groups demonstrates our ability to work together to address issues which affect us all,” said Minister Abernethy.

Healthy, educated people free from poverty is a goal of the 17th Legislative Assembly. By empowering organizations to carry out projects that will have a direct impact on poverty, the GNWT is working towards achieving this goal.

For more information on the GNWT Anti-Poverty Action Plan please consult:

NWT Anti-Poverty Roundtable Final Report:  http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/sites/default/files/nwt_anti-poverty_roundtable_final_report_summary.pdf

GNWT Anti-Poverty Action Plan: http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/sites/default/files/gnwt-anti-poverty-action-plan.pdf

Building on the Strengths of Northerners – A Strategic Framework toward the Elimination of Poverty in the NWT: http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/sites/default/files/anti-poverty_report.pdf

For more information contact:
Damien Healy
Manager Planning and Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 920-8927
Email: Damien_healy@gov.nt.ca