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Special Events Grant

Grants to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Nonprofits to
Host Major Events, Festivals, and Conferences

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City of Saskatoon

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03/01/18 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan nonprofit organizations to host major events that enhance the city, attract visitors, and encourage tourism-related activities. Funding may be used for event-related capital expenditures and operating expenses. Eligible events could include arts and cultural events, festivals, sporting events, conferences, and tradeshows.

The objectives of this program are:
-To attract visitors to the City of Saskatoon and, in so doing, generate significant economic benefit for the community;
-To enhance the profile and visibility of the City of Saskatoon, nationally and internationally;
-To enhance community spirit and pride and contribute to a feeling of community identity, inclusion, and cohesion provided through opportunities for spectator/audience experiences; and
-To develop an awareness, understanding and appreciation of art, culture and recreation.


Special Event - An event held in Saskatoon occurring with a frequency no greater than once every two years, lasting a minimum of two consecutive days, which provides a high profile and significant economic benefit for the city through the large number of estimated spectators/ participants/audience (including a significant percentage of tourists) and through the expected extent of publicity generated.

a) Sports Event - an event where the athletic skills of individuals or groups are showcased or where a champion for a level of competition (e.g. provincial, regional, national or international) is determined.

b) Arts Event - an event that showcases or determines outstanding achievement in the arts (e.g. music, drama, dance, visual arts, literary arts, etc.).

c) Multicultural Event - an event in which ethnic similarities and differences are respected and exchanged.

d) Heritage Event - an event which has as its primary focus, the promotion of the understanding and appreciation of our heritage as citizens of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, or Canada.

e) Festival - an event which includes a significant performing arts or demonstrations component. It actively celebrates a theme, is primarily non-competitive, and provides fun and enjoyment for the public.

Profile Saskatoon Event – An event hosted in Saskatoon that puts the city in a position of prominence as a destination location and will attract national media attention or provides exposure within a specific industry to the city and/or region. Examples of events that may be eligible include conferences and tradeshows.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165117

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible under any of the above listed event types, the applicant must:

a) Be registered under the Saskatchewan Non-Profit Corporations Act. Organizations or groups that exist primarily for political or sectarian purposes, or for the purpose of providing funding to other groups, are not eligible for assistance under this Policy.

b) Not have received assistance for the same purposes under any other program or policy of the City (e.g. Policy No. C03-018 “Assistance to Community Groups)

Grants are not provided to individuals, and there are no travel grants.

For professional sporting events, the event-endorsing organization must be a provincial or national nonprofit entity and must demonstrate budget allocations for prize purses awarded for the event.

Only events that have an operation budget greater than $100,000 will be considered for funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The City of Saskatoon is offering two free grant workshops:
-November 14, 2017 12:00 - 2:00 PM; OR
-November 16, 2017 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Both are held at Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive, in the Theatre.

Workshops will consist of a 20 minute presentation followed by an open house format; City staff will be available to discuss grant programs.

Pre-Application Information:

City staff are available to help applicants; organizations applying for a grant are encouraged to contact staff prior to the application deadline date.

Application Deadlines are March and October annually. The next deadline for receipt of applications is March 1, 2018, 4:30 PM.

Event applications received outside of these annual intake periods will be accepted in situations in which bid timing requirements need to be met.

Applications for national and international events shall be submitted a minimum of one year in advance of the event start date.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For more information and to register for a workshop, contact:


Address applications to:

Major Special Event Grant
Community Services Department
Recreation and Community Development Division
Attention: Customer Service Section Manager
Saskatoon City Hall, 2nd Floor
222-3rd Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Saskatoon

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Saskatchewan