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Develop Recreational Activities in Eligible Locations

Recreation Grants

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Grants to Yukon nonprofit community-based organizations and groups to strengthen recreational programs in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support existing programs, encourage new programs, facilitate training, and provide operational support. Eligible programs and activities benefit the City of Whitehorse.

Funding Categories:

  • Ongoing Projects and Initiatives: Supports projects and initiatives that already exist to help foster their sustainability and optimize their benefits. To be eligible for this funding stream a project or initiative must have been in existence for more than two years. Projects that have previously received funding through the “New Projects and Initiatives” funding category are eligible after that time period for the “Ongoing Projects and Initiatives” funding. Eligible expenses available for consideration may include but are not limited to:
    • Equipment replacement specific to the project or initiative
    • New equipment purchases specific to the project or initiative
    • Materials and supplies specific to the project or initiative
  • New Projects and Initiatives: Supports new projects and initiatives that address recreation opportunities in the community and have the ability to be self-sustaining in the future. Projects funded through this category are eligible for funding under the “Ongoing Projects and Initiatives” category after a period of two years. Eligible expenses available for consideration include:
    • New equipment purchases specific to the project or initiative
    • Costs associated with developing, renovating or retrofitting infrastructure to accommodate the new program, initiative, or activity
    • For major equipment purchases, funding will be on a cost sharing basis – maximum of 50% City of Whitehorse grant funds. Equipment, materials and supplies specific to the project or initiative
    • Expenses associated with staff training in order to deliver the new project or initiative (eligible expenses include costs to retain qualified instructors, travel, and training venue expenses)
    • Strategic or business planning costs associated with the exploration and/or refinement of a new project or initiative
  • Training and Leadership Development: Supports training and leadership development initiatives undertaken by organizations to optimize their program offerings and enhance recreational capacity in Whitehorse. Eligible expenses that will be considered under this stream of funding include but are not limited to:
    • Airfare, accommodation, and meal costs for instructors
    • Honoraria for instructors
    • Course registration and certification costs for organizational staff and volunteers
  • Operational Support: Provides a small amount of operational funding that can help offset costs incurred by qualified organizations. General operations and maintenance expenses that will be considered include:
    • Primary utilities (heat, water, electricity)
    • Program staff salaries (applicants must demonstrate that these costs are critical to program delivery and are not applicable to ongoing staff wages)
    • General administration, minor repairs, and maintenance

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GrantWatch ID#: 178092

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Applicant organizations may only submit applications up to a maximum amount of $14,000 per year

- Ongoing Projects and Initiatives: up to $7,000.
- New Projects and Initiatives: up to $7,000.
- Training and Leadership Development: up to $2,500.
- Operational Support: up to $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following requirements will be used to determine the eligibility of applicant organizations.
Applicants must be a registered non-profit organization in good standing.

1. The applicant organization must be Whitehorse based. Yukon-wide organizations will be considered for funding if sufficient evidence is provided that the organization’s membership and activities are taking place within Whitehorse.
a) A Yukon-wide association and the Whitehorse organization affiliate (e.g., club) may both submit applications, providing both projects take place in Whitehorse and the requests are for different projects (not components of the same project).
b) Preference is given to local clubs and organizations that provide support for recreational activities at the community level.
2. Applicant organizations must be not-for-profit in nature, which can be demonstrated by providing proof of society status (per section 11 of the Yukon Societies Act) and/or proof of current registered charity status per Canada Revenue Agency.
3. Applicant groups must be in good standing with the City. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that:
a) Are overdue on money or obligations owed to the City; and/or
b) Have been suspended or removed from using space due to improper use of a facility, recurring issues, or disciplinary action that has been taken by the City.
4. Applicant organizations that have been approved for funding in the past may be disqualified if they have not provided the required reporting documentation.
5. Joint applications are acceptable. However, the groups must identify which group is responsible for finances and reporting.

Grant applications are not accepted if there is an outstanding accountability statement of more than one year. Applications are not accepted from any group or organization that is overdue on money or obligations owed to the City of Whitehorse

Ineligible Projects (that do not qualify for funding):
- City of Whitehorse fees
- Coaching certifications
- Ongoing operations and maintenance
- Direct support to individual and/or elite athletes
- Fundraising events
- Vehicle Rentals
- Events held outside of the City of Whitehorse
- Registration fees
- Office furniture and office equipment including computers/software
- Costumes, uniforms, trophies, medals, crests, etc.

Retroactive funding is not available for projects that have been completed prior to the application.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadlines under the Recreation Grant Policy are:
- Spring intake deadline: March 15th; Funding available by May 25
- Fall intake deadline: September 15th; Funding available by November 25

Applications take approximately 10 weeks to administer from the submission deadline; the funding available date is approximate. Incomplete or late applications may not be considered.

Applicant organizations may only submit applications for up to two categories per year (12 months).

Major Equipment will be funded on a cost-sharing basis; to a maximum of 50% City of Whitehorse grant funds

Contact Information:

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

Submit your forms by the deadline in one of three ways:
1. Hand-delivery: Delivered to Canada Games Centre, 200 Hamilton Blvd.
In a sealed envelope and titled ‘Attn: Recreation Grant Administrator’

2. Mail: Attn: Recreation Grant
Canada Games Centre
c/o City of Whitehorse
2121 Second Avenue
Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1C2

3. Email:
Subject: Recreation Grant

Direct questions to Keri Rutherford at the email address above or call 687-3492.

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