News May 28(a), 2013

Standing Committee on Government Operations Voices Concern with NGO Funding Policy

(YELLOWKNIFE) Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – The Standing Committee on Government Operations wants the Department of Executive to improve its Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Stabilization Fund before budgets for 2014-15 are finalized. The fund helps NGOs who deliver critical services on behalf of the territorial government. 

Committee members plan to use their Members’ Statements and Oral Questions on Tuesday, June 4 to call attention to their concerns with the policy. Interested NGOs are invited to contact their MLAs and provide feedback on the policy before the sitting. 

“The committee’s concerns include the need to provide clearer information to applicants, overly restrictive screening criteria and prioritization of projects, and inadequate funding levels,” said committee chair Michael M. Nadli. “We conveyed our concerns to Premier Bob McLeod in a letter last December, but the government has not changed either the policy or the funding for 2013-14.” 

Total funding available under the policy is $350,000 per year, an amount that has remained the same since the program’s first full year of operation in 2010-11. In 2012-13, 27 organizations applied, requesting a total of $1,082,657. Twenty-one of the 27 were considered eligible for funding, with requests totaling $807,207. Eleven applicants’ projects were prioritized for funding, with requests totaling $481,845; eight of the eleven successful applicants did not receive the full amount they requested. 

NGO representatives are also invited to sit in the public gallery during the June 4 sitting and be recognized for their work. 

The committee consists of MLAs Michael M. Nadli (Deh Cho), Wendy Bisaro (Frame Lake), Daryl Dolynny (Range Lake), Norman Yakeleya (Sahtu), and Alfred Moses (Inuvik Boot Lake). 

For more information, contact: 

Michael M. Nadli, Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations 
Legislative Assembly of the NWT 
P: 867-669-2268 
E: Michael_Nadli@gov.nt.ca