Sport Support Program


To provide financial assistance from 2017 – 2019 (2 years) towards the development and operation of programs that will increase sport opportunities for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteer leaders for under-represented and / or marginalized populations such as girls and women, Aboriginals, economically disadvantaged and persons with a disability, new Canadians, youth at risk, and rural or isolated communities.

Eligibility – Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include Provincial and Community not-for-profit groups registered and in good standing with Alberta registries.

  • Proposals will be evaluated based on the following:
  • Programs are aligned with sport support purpose (stated above)
  • Programs provide opportunity for collaboration and innovation
  • Programs have measureable outcomes for the targeted groups
  • Programs have a plan for development and sustainability after four year

The Application Process

The following process has been formulated so Alberta Sport Connection can deal with applications in a fair, equitable and efficient manner.

  • Application deadline is October 15th, 2017
  • Complete applications must be submitted through ASC’s online grant application system.
  • Decisions on applications will be made by November 15th, 2017

Program Guidelines

Applications will be reviewed on their individual merit based on the following parameters:

  • All programs must fit within the mandate of the Alberta Sport Connection.
  • The objectives of the proposal must be consistent with Canadian Heritage’s mandate for sport: Sport Canada defines a sport as an activity that involves two or more participants engaging in a competition. It involves formal rules and procedures, and requires tactics and strategies, neuromuscular skills and a high degree of difficulty, risk and effort. It excludes activities in which a motorized vehicle is the primary determinant of the competitive outcome. Thus, many physical activities that may require substantial physical effort, such as walking/jogging, gardening, aerobics, home exercise, car racing, and hiking are not considered eligible.
  • In order to avoid any duplication, programs must be outside the scope of existing Alberta Sport Connection programs.
  • Priority will be given to programs that are innovative, creative and encourage collaboration across Sports or other service organizations.
  • Programs should be new, or substantially enhance current programming.
  • Programs must be program oriented. Research programs are not eligible.
  • Programs should have a component of self-help: an indication of funds and/or volunteer time contributed.
  • Prior to any grant recipient program investment (purchase of equipment, employee training, etc.) applications must be received by Alberta Sport Connection.
  • A Sport Support Program initiative may not receive money directly from another lottery funded grant program.
  • Please note that typical grants range from $15,000 – $30,000 per year for the duration of the program.

Report and Commitment

Due to funding requirements by Sport Canada, ALL programs must be completed by March 31, 2019.

An applicant receiving funding must submit a completed Annual Accountability Report to Alberta Sport Connection by June 30, of each program year. Annual reporting will include:

  1. Activity report and annual tracking tool (template forms will be provided).
  2. Demonstration of public recognition of Alberta Sport Connection and Sport Canada.
  3. Statement of Grant Expenditure.
  4. Declaration of Grant Expenditure.

A condition of accepting funding is that an auditor authorized by Alberta Sport Connection will have access to all books and records having any connection with the monies received to ascertain whether they were spent for the purpose for which they were intended.

Please proceed to our Grant Management Portal and login and apply.

Contact Information

Aaron Lavoratto

Consultant, Sport Development
Alberta Sport Connection
Suite 500 – 10055 106 Street
Edmonton, AB  T5J 1G3