ACI Guidelines and Application

Active Communities Initiatives Guidelines

Application Process Now Open

Action Timeline
Call for Expression of Interest May 03
Deadline to Submit Expression of Interest (EOI) June 01
Invitation to submit a Full Application
(Invitations are based on a review of Expressions of Interest for project eligibility and readiness. Only invited full applications will be considered.)
June 30
Deadline for Full Application submission August 31
Notice of decision to all applicants November 30

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. 

Application Process

Active Communities Initiative is a two step application process. Please see the full Guidelines for complete criteria.

Grant Guidelines

Expression of Interest document

Important Information

Eligible Organizations

The following organizations are eligible to apply for funding.

Non-profit organizations operating (or planning to operate) publicly accessible sport and recreation facilities in the province of Alberta, registered and in good standing for at least two years under one of the following Acts:

Provincial Legislation
  • Agriculture Societies Act
  • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act - Extra-Provincial Corporations*
  • Companies Act, Part 9 (Non-profit Companies)
  • Societies Act of Alberta
  • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
Federal Legislation
  • Special Act of the Parliament of Canada and operating in Alberta
  • Income Tax Act (Registered Charity, operating in the province of Alberta)
  • First Nations and Métis Settlements


Ineligible Organizations and/or Applicants

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding:

  • Organizations not registered under one of the above-mentioned Acts
  • Municipalities
  • For-profit organizations
  • Institutions, as defined under Alberta’s Post-Secondary Learning Act
  • Public or Private Schools (i.e., grades K-12 and post-secondary institutions)
  • Organizations that have overdue or incomplete reporting for any Alberta Government grant funding previously received
  • Individuals

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects include new construction and upgrade of permanent or semi-permanent structures with the primary purpose to provide public access to indoor and/or outdoor sport and recreation fields of play, including:

  • Indoor facilities like basketball and volleyball courts, pools, rinks and fitness centres.
  • Outdoor facilities like cricket pitches, baseball fields, rinks and pickleball courts.
  • Equipment and/or non-fixed assets that are ancillary but integral to the project.

Ineligible Projects

Ineligible projects include:

  • Equipment and/or non-fixed assets that are not integral to the project success.
  • Projects not focused on sport, physical activity and recreation.
  • Private sector facilities and facilities with restricted or limited public use.
  • Purchase of land and/or facilities.
  • Parks, trails, and playgrounds.


Please see the full Guidelines and application for complete criteria.

Grant Guidelines

Expression of Interest

For further questions connect with the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Branch office: Subject Line: ACI Inquiry

Email: [email protected]