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Sports Participation Grant Program

Grants to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Nonprofits
for Community Sports Programming

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City of Saskatoon

Deadline Date:

02/15/18 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan nonprofit organizations to engage local residents in sports activities. Funding may be requested for programs that ensure quality sports coaching and offer the opportunity for individuals of all ages to participate in sports.

About the Program:

The Sports Participation Grant Program recognizes that regular participation in sports is effective in achieving individual physical and mental health which, in turn, reduces the risk of disease and stress‐related illnesses. The roles played by the coach (teacher, leader, organizer) are significant to the success of any sports activity. The Sports Participation Grant Program consists of two components: Coaching and Access and Explore.

Purpose of Grant:

The purpose of this grant program is to assist in the development of sport programs by providing funds to non‐profit community organizations operated by volunteers through two components:

-Coaching – To ensure quality coaching in all sports.
-Access and Explore – To encourage people of all ages to participate in sports activities by allowing them to try something new and/or to allow providers of sports programs to include people who could not otherwise afford to participate.

Eligible Projects and Program Priorities:
-The project activity must be a sport. Sport is a physical activity involving disciplined use of muscle groups, requiring mental preparation and strategic method, whose outcome is determined by skill, not chance. Sport takes place in an organized, structured, and sometimes competitive, environment. Activities usually have specific sets of rules and guidelines;
-The majority of the participants must be Saskatoon residents;
-The activity must be open to the public, not limited to the organization’s members;
-Umbrella groups serving more than one sport will be given special consideration;
-Priority will be given to projects serving Aboriginal people, economically disadvantaged people, newcomers, older adults (65 and up), persons with a disability, single parent families, women, or youth at risk; and
-Access and Explore projects whose primary purpose is to include people who could not otherwise afford to participate must be free to participants and include an element of applicant contribution (self‐help) in the project such as cash, donations‐in‐kind, or volunteer time.

Eligible Expenses:
-Individual registration fees to attend a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Technical Course;
-Up to 50% of the costs of holding NCCP Technical Courses in Saskatoon. Note: applicants applying to host a course cannot apply for registration fees for the same course;
-Equivalent coaching development programs for sports that do not have NCC Programs;
-Travel costs for instructors; and
-Promotion, facility rental, instructor’s fees, equipment rental or purchase, and materials.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177334

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant available is $500; the maximum is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may take place May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from any group (except Community Associations) registered under the Sask Nonprofit Corporations Act offering a sport program that fits the criteria (Coaching, Access and Explore) on the application form.

Please note: applicants are not required to be a sports organization, however non‐sport organizations are encouraged to partner with an appropriate sport organization.

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

To be eligible for support, your organization must:
-Be governed by a volunteer board;
-Be registered as a nonprofit corporation federally or with Information Services Corporation (ICS) in Saskatchewan;
-Have been incorporated and in existence for a minimum of one year; and
-Have appropriate liability and participant insurance for the proposed project(s).

Ineligible Applicants:
-Community Associations, health districts, libraries, private schools, government agencies, educational
institutions, universities, preschools, and daycares; and
-Organizations that: exist for the primary purpose of fundraising; or have not met the terms and conditions of any funding program administered by the City of Saskatoon.

Ineligible Projects:
-Organizations may not receive funding for the same project through any other City of Saskatoon grant program (i.e., Sask Lotteries Community Grant, Social Services, Environmental Grant, etc.);
-Regularly scheduled entry‐level programs; and
-Individual registration fees or league entry fees for participants 18 years of age or under.

Ineligible Expenses:
-Travel costs for participants in Coaching projects; and
-Food, prizes (including cash), gifts, awards, trophies, plaques, and team pictures.

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.

Applications must be received by 4:30 PM, February 15, 2018

Applicants will be informed, in writing, of the results of their application by May 1, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Kathy Allen, Arts and Grant Consultant

City Hall
222 3rd Ave North
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 0J5


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City of Saskatoon

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Canada: Saskatchewan