About the Chris Argue Memorial Fund
Established in 2003, the purpose of the Chris Argue Memorial Fund is to support self-propelled wilderness activities and wilderness education in the Northwest Territories.
Each year, both ORGANIZATIONS and INDIVIDUALS have the opportunity to apply to the Chris Argue Memorial Fund.
If you are an individual wanting to apply, please see the following details:
- You must be a resident of the Northwest Territories for at least 12 consecutive months
- You must provide a statement of financial need and/or a proof of training or education in self-propelled wilderness travel (see our examples below!)
If you are an organization wanting to apply, please see the following details:
- Organization should be offering programming in self-propelled wilderness travel or wilderness education
Individuals or organizations interested in applying must create a profile on our application portal. Once your profile is created, you can submit an application to the Chris Argue Memorial Fund.
If you are an individual applying – PLEASE NOTE that the application portal will ask that you include organizational information when completing your new account profile. Please type in your name and personal information in lieu of organizational information. Please call our office if you have any questions – +1-867-446-4527
2023 key dates
1 May, 12.01am
15 June, 11.59pm
Please note that key dates are subject to change in future years
Frequently Asked Questions
Chris was a proud resident of Yellowknife from the age of four onward. He had a passion for life and a deep love of the wilderness. He completed many trips mountaineering, canoeing , hiking, winter camping and backcountry skiing in the north and in the Rockies. He was also an avid mountain biker. Fearless but thorough in tackling new challenges, he brought leadership, intelligence, ingenuity and concern for others to everything that he did.
Chris’s family wishes to honour his memory by encouraging the growth and safe enjoyment of self-propelled wilderness travel and wilderness education by individuals or organizations who exhibit many of the values that Chris exemplified.
The Chris Argue Memorial Fund is eligible for individuals and organizations. Individuals must be residents of the Northwest Territories for at least 12 consecutive months, and currently, organizations must be Canadian registered charities conducting activities in the Northwest Territories. Organizations should also be offering programming in self-propelled wilderness travel or wilderness education.
Applicants can use the funds for expenses that relate to their self-propelled wilderness travel or wilderness education.
- Individuals can use these funds to attend a whitewater canoe course in the Northwest Territories
- Organizations can use these funds to support their youth in a cross-country ski course
Funding requests to the Chris Argue Memorial Fund can be up to $1,500 annually.
2023 funding amounts will be updated here by March 2023.
Grant applications can be submitted to the Chris Argue Memorial Fund when the application portal opens.
The application portal will open on May 1st, 2023 with a deadline of June 15th, 2023.
For individuals applying to the fund, in your application, you will have to option to provide proof of training or education in self-propelled travel.
This training must be self-propelled. For example, taking a white water canoe course, or taking a ski instructor course. This training does not need to be taken at a University or College, we also support informal training.
Feel free to call our office if you would like to chat about your idea for training. We are always happy to chat!
For individuals applying, in your application, you will have the option to submit a statement of financial need. This can look very different for everyone – That is why your statement is in the form of a written essay.
Here are some helpful guiding questions:
- Why do you have a financial need? Provide a clear reason why you need support.
- Briefly describe your current financial situation and why this grant will help achieve your goals related to self-propelled wilderness travel and wilderness education.
You must submit at least one of:
- A proof of training or education (training that will help achieve your your self-propelled wilderness travel or education)
- Statement of financial need (see above for explanation)
And you have the option of submitting both!
Applications are reviewed by our Grants Committee and Fund Advisors.
15 June 2023 at 11:59pm MST: All applications due via grant portal found on the Yellowknife Community Foundation website.
Late June, early July 2023: Yellowknife Community Foundation staff and Grants Committee members conduct due diligence checks on all applications and undertake a review process. As a normal part of our review process, you may hear from us with questions about your application. We appreciate your time in providing clarity.
Early August 2023: Applicants are notified. Every applicant will receive notification regardless of funding decision.
- All successful applicants will be required to submit a final report through our online portal.
- We want to hear from you during the lifecycle of your grant! Please reach out anytime with an impact story, picture or video, or just to say “Hi!”.
For more information
If you require assistance or have questions about the Chris Argue Memorial Fund, please do hesitate to contact the Yellowknife Community Foundation office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +1-867 446 4527.