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Grants to Yukon Nonprofit Organizations and Groups to
Develop Recreational Activities in Eligible Locations

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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: Support 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
    • 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: Support 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)
    • General administration, minor repairs, and maintenance

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178092

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- 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:

To apply, applicants must:
- Be a registered non-profit organization in good standing
- Submit completed application form by the deadline
- Project benefits the community
- Joint applications are acceptable; however, the groups must identify which group is responsible for Finances and Accountability

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:

Application intakes occur two times per year:
- Deadline to Apply: March 15
- Funding Available by May 25

- Deadline to Apply: September 15
- 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.

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.

Email applications to or fax to (867) 668-8675, Attn: Keri Rutherford, Program Supervisor.

Hand-deliver applications to the Canada Games Centre at 200 Hamilton Blvd.

Or mail to:
Recreation Grant Task Force Committee
c/o City of Whitehorse
Attn: Recreation Services - Keri Rutherford
2121 Second Avenue
Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1C2

Direct questions to Keri Rutherford at the email address above or call 668-8327.

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