Major Sport Events Grant Guidelines and Application

Major Sport Events Guidelines

Intake One -Applications - CLOSED
Intake Two Applications Open August 15 - Deadline October 1

The Major Sport Events grant program (MSE) builds on Alberta’s reputation as an attractive destination with proven capacity for hosting a wide range of national and international calibre sport events. It recognizes the network of strong sport organizations who demonstrate the ability to collaborate and deliver high quality events. The program provides an opportunity to build on Alberta’s strengths that include diverse natural landscapes; existing sport and tourism-related facilities; and vibrant communities with quality services and amenities.

The purpose of the program is to streamline processes and maximize limited funding for organizations.

Major Sport Events will consider national or international sport events sanctioned by national sport organizations or international federations. This could include national and world championships, Olympic and Paralympic qualifying, and world cup events.

Characteristics Major Sport Events Grant
Funding Range Up to $250,000
Maximum funding from the Government of Alberta can not exceed 50 percent of the total project cost
Application Deadlines Intake 2 -  October 1 - End of Business day - 16:30pm
  • Organizations may submit applications for multiple event
  • Each event should be submitted under a sperate application
Matching Requirements Maximum award will not exceed 50% of the total project cost
Project Completion and Financial Reporting Timeframes Up to 24 months from the date of the grant or as required in the grant agreement
Application Package Major sport Events Grant Program
Grant Agreement Formal grant agreement will be provided upon approval

Important Information

Intake One -Applications - CLOSED
Intake Two Applications Open August 15 - Deadline October 1

Major Sport Events Grant Guidelines

Eligible Organizations

The following organizations are eligible to apply for funding:

  • Organizations registered (and in good standing) under one of the following Acts:
Provincial Legislation
  • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act - Extra-Provincial Corporations*
  • Companies Act, Part 9 (Non-profit Companies)
  • Societies Act
  • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
Federal Legislation
  • Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
  • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and must be registered in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act
  • Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities))
  • First Nations and Métis Settlements

Ineligible Organizations and/or Applicants

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding:

  • Agricultural Societies
  • Foundations established and regulated under the province’s Regional Health Authorities Act
  • Universities, colleges, and institutes as defined under Alberta’s Post-secondary Learning Act
  • Municipalities
  • For-profit organizations
  • Any other organizations not registered under one of the Acts listed in 2.1.
  • Organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting/reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by Government of Alberta
  • Individuals

Eligible Projects

Major Sport Events funding provides financial assistance to enhance the capacity of organizations in their planning, and hosting of national and international sport events encouraging sport development, tourism, and positive economic impacts. Eligible projects include sanctioned national or international sport events.

Ineligible Projects

The following projects are not eligible for funding within Major Sport Events:

  • Professional events
  • Events that are still in the bidding process;
  • Events that are being organized or delivered by for-profit organizations;
  • Local sport events or festivals that draw the most participants from a local or regional area;
  • International or national conferences, congresses, symposiums, expos, or annual general meetings;
  • Sport development/training camps;
  • Provincial or interprovincial championships; and
  • Elementary, junior high, and high school sport

Ineligible Expenses

 Major Sport Events funding cannot be used for expenses related to:

  • Time and labour provided towards preparation of funding applications, committee planning meetings, fundraising and similar activities not related directly to the delivery of the event
  • Endowments, charitable donations, fundraising campaigns
  • Development a business case or proposal
  • Donor recognition, and gifts (volunteer recognition)
  • Capital expenditures –construction, upgrading, maintenance
  • Expenditures for which other grant dollars have been allocated
  • Prize monies
  • Alcohol
  • Domestic or international bid costs
  • Appearance fees for athletes
  • Any contingent or other liability
  • Retroactive expenses incurred prior to submission of an application.

Grant Criteria

Please see the full Guidelines and application for complete criteria.

Grant Guidelines

Online Application Form - All applications are due by end of business day at 16:30pm

Intake One -Applications - CLOSED
Intake Two Applications Open August 15 - Deadline October 1

For further questions connect with the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Branch office

Email: [email protected]