Organization Grants

Active Communities Initiative

The Active Communities Initiative is open to eligible community groups, non-profit organizations, and societies, and First Nations and Métis Settlements, that wish to build or enhance active spaces that support sport and recreation in their communities. The grant is intended for small and mid-sized projects, including indoor and outdoor skating rinks, community pools, indoor turf centres, pickle ball courts, sports fields and courts, and other sport and recreational facilities.

 

Applications deadline August 31.

Jumpstart Community Development Grant

Community Development Grants have two funding streams. The Operational stream assists organizations with operational costs, while the Programming stream helps organizations develop or sustain sports and recreational programming for kids aged 4-18 in financial need and youth with disabilities between the ages of 4-25.

Applications open June 10, 2024.

Co-Op Community Spaces Grant

The Co-op Community Spaces Program was established to improve community health and well-being by building places for Western Canadians to come together, build social connections and enable community development.

Projects can apply for between $25,000 and $150,000 in capital funding in three categories:

Recreation – Providing enhanced recreation spaces in the community.

Environmental Conservation – Preservation of natural spaces in the community.

Urban Agriculture – Small-scale community agriculture initiatives in both rural and urban spaces.

Applicants eligible for funding include:

  • Registered charities under the Canada Revenue Agency with valid registration numbers
  • Registered non-profit organizations under their provincial government with proof of registration (e.g. letters of incorporation)
  • Non-profit organizations working with their municipal government who will accept funding and issue receipts on their behalf
  • Community service co-operatives
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Projects eligible for funding must:

  • Be available and accessible for community use
  • Align with one of the three funding categories (recreation, environmental conservation or urban agriculture)
  • Be completed within two years
  • Be a capital project
  • Be located in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba
  • Provide the opportunity for permanent signage

Applications Open February 1 – March 1 annually. 

Communities ChooseWell Healthy Communities Grant

Grants are for up to $5,000, and are designed to support healthy eating and active living initiatives in Alberta.

Communities ChooseWell provides the Healthy Community Grant to transform and promote local places, programs, policies, and partnerships focused on improving healthy eating and active living at the community level.

The Healthy Community Grant is designed to support:

Action – Enable action to improve healthy eating and/or active living within the scope of recreation at the community level

Collaboration – Support collaboration among community members and different sectors to create communities that foster wellness

Equity – Develop environments where the healthy choice is easy, accessible, and sustainable for everyone

The application period for the Healthy Community Grants normally runs from January to February of each calendar year.

Every Kid Community Program

The Every Kid Every Community program was launched in 2011, with the goal of ensuring a gateway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport. The goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time.

Funding through Every Kid Every Community is available to assist amateur sports organizations, minor hockey organizations, youth groups, recreation groups, or any community group with an idea, project or program that helps establish an event or program to get local children active in hockey. Hockey is a great way for kids to be active, healthy and surrounded by positive leaders in their community. Keeping kids active in sport helps reduce childhood obesity, creates a safe and fun environment and forms friendships.

Community Assistance Grant

Funds to create a new program or support an existing program focused on recruiting new players to the game regardless of age, skill or environmental factors. Program grants are awarded to a maximum of $5,000 per year per group. Possible examples include: floor hockey club (renting space or equipment), try hockey program (renting ice or purchasing equipment), pond hockey program and events.

Take the Lead Funding

What is Take the Lead?
The Take the Lead Program provides support for Albertan girls and women to become experienced leaders in sport and recreation.
Applicants can apply for support with costs associated with training, course fees, professional development, professional certification, clinics, equipment, travel, lodging, meals, and other training related activities. They follow AGLC guidelines for these eligible expenses.
The Take the Lead Program is NOT intended to support physical activity projects and recreational initiatives.
The Take the Lead program provides support for girls and women working or volunteering in the sport or active living communities, recreation field or school system who are working towards increasing their leadership capacity.

Girls in Motion

Girls in Motion program provides the opportunity to apply for a contribution of up to $2500 for Alberta not-for-profit and charitable organizations to run high-quality recreational, sport/physical activity programs specifically for girls ages 6-17 in Alberta. Not-for-profit and charitable organizations are encouraged to apply for support to increase movement opportunities for individuals who have been, and continue to be, excluded from our sporting, recreation, and physical activity systems due to interrelated factors such as race, gender, income, (dis)ability, religion, and language.

  • Girls in Motion programs are community-based and directed with opportunities for girls to experience physical activity in a relaxed, fun and enjoyable atmosphere.
  • Girls in Motion programs are run and organized by the applying not-for-profit or charity and are tailored based on the needs of individual communities they serve.
  • Girls in Motion programs are run as an ongoing program over a series of days, weeks or months. 

Women in Motion

The Women in Motion Program program provides the opportunity to apply for a contribution of up to $2500 for Alberta not-for-profit and charitable organizations to run high-quality recreational, sport/physical activity programs specifically for women 18+ in Alberta. Not-for-profit and charitable organizations are encouraged to apply for support to increase movement opportunities for individuals who have been, and continue to be, excluded from our sporting, recreation, and physical activity systems due to interrelated factors such as race, gender, income, (dis)ability, religion, and language.

  • Women in Motion are community-based and directed programs that provide opportunities to learn new skills, have positive social interactions and have fun participating in physical activity. 
  • Women in Motion programs are run and organized by the applying not-for-profit or charity and are tailored to fit the needs of the community they are serving. 
  • Women in Motion programs are run as an ongoing program over a series of days, weeks or months. Please note that we are unable to support 1-2 day wellness events/conferences with this program. 

BuiltTogether Grant

The Built Together program helps Albertans build spaces for active living in their community.  Whether it be a skate park, playground, outdoor gym or sports court, we’re giving back to Albertans and helping them live their best lives.

Each year, Alberta Blue Cross award $50,000 grants in Edmonton, Calgary, a secondary city, rural community and an Indigenous community.

Built Together funds infrastructure projects that foster active living. Eligible projects include but are not limited to

  • outdoor gyms
  • cycling paths
  • construction or replacement of playgrounds, skate parks, and outdoor rinks.

Programs must be publicly accessible and free of a membership charge.

 

Walmart Strong Communities Grant

Walmart believes that strengthening local communities through local grants supporting local programs creates value for our business as well as society and help communities thrive.

Walmart stores and distribution centres to give several $1,000 Community Grants each year to local, non-profit organizations, such as schools, sports teams and community services.

 

Canada-Alberta Job Grant

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is a training program where an employer applies on behalf of their present or future employees for eligible training costs. Employers decide who gets training and what type of training may be needed for their employees.

Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agreement.

Community Facility Enhancement Program

Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) funding provides financial assistance to acquire, build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or expand sports, recreational, cultural or other related public-use community facilities.

CFEP SMALL FUNDING STREAM

Annual application deadlines:

  • January 15
  • May 15
  • September 15

Projects must be completed within 18 months from the date the cheque is received by the organization.

Community Initiatives Program

The re-opening of CIP Project-Based grant program will support non-profits in their work to rebuild social connections in Alberta’s communities and support Alberta’s recovery. Non-profit and community organizations will look at the delivery of their programs and services during the COVID-19 health emergency in innovative and creative ways. Please review the CIP PROJECT-BASED GUIDELINES for eligibility and funding criteria.

Highlights:

  • Funding will focus on events, festivals, programs and projects delivered in innovative and creative ways.
  • Higher priority will be given to:
    • projects that consider public health measures
    • events and festivals that support economic recover
    • programs and projects that support social connectivity

Local Marketing Grant

The Local Marketing Grant has been developed to support local businesses in the creation of a marketing plan and/or marketing materials that aims to drive cash flow to the business and supports economic recovery.

The grant will allow business owners to enhance their marketing efforts or digital presence while driving local tourism efforts by attracting visitors to the city.

Pursuit of Excellence Grant

The City of Grande Prairie’s Pursuit of Excellence Fund is designed to provide assistance to athletes, coaches, and sport organizations, to achieve “excellence”.

Athletes, Coaches and Sport Organization Funding & Scholarships

COACHING DEVELOPMENT FUNDING
Coaching education, particularly locally through clinics, conferences, and symposiums is first priority with the Committee. Applicants may be eligible for up to two-thirds of the funds required; the individual/club is to provide remaining

FUNDING FOR REFEREES, OFFICIALS & VOLUNTEERS
Funding applications received from Referees/ Officials to upgrade their accreditation for their respective sport will be evaluated on an individual basis.

FUNDING FOR WORKSHOPS, CLINICS & SYMPOSIUMS
Applicants are encouraged to offer training locally to allow for a greater number of Coaches, Officials, Volunteers to benefit from the training. The Committee may approve up to $1,000 towards:

  • Workshops
  • Clinics
  • Symposiums

TRAVEL FUNDING
Individuals/Teams representing the Province of Alberta and competing at or below the Junior Level who have qualified to attend national or championship competition, not including Invitational Tournaments, may be eligible for the following assistance.

Large Scale Tourism Events Grant

Large Scale Tourism Events funding applications will be considered once per year. The deadline for submission of funding applications is February 1 of each year. Applications are accepted for festivals and sporting events that have a tourism draw of 100 kilometres or greater, resulting in at least 35% of attendance by visitors to our community. A Large Scale Tourism Event would provide a unique audience and/or participant experience, and can result in a significant economic and/or tourism benefit to Grande Prairie. Large Scale Tourism Events are generally a ticketed, multi-day event with an attendance of greater than 2000 people per day.