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Community Better Challenge

Opportunity for Canada Communities, Individuals, and
Organizations to Compete in a Physical Activity Challenge

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Opportunity for Canada individuals, communities, and organizations to participate in a physical activity competition. In addition to the physical activity competition, participating communities will be able to compete for grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 for events and programs to promote physical activity.

What is the Community Better Challenge?
The Community Better Challenge is a brand new annual physical activity challenge that rallies communities coast to coast to sit less and move more together. All Canadians are being called on to get active and incorporate physical activity where they live, work and play. It’s time to put down the phones and tablets for a few minutes and reconnect with neighbours and fellow community members.

As individuals or as part of an organization, Canadians are being asked to get active and track their physical activity minutes in an effort for their community to be recognized as one that champions active living. At the conclusion, community achievements will be recognized, crowning regional winners and ultimately appointing one community with the designation of Canada’s Most Active Community!

When will it take place?
The challenge will kick-off on May 31st and will wrap-up on June 16th. Make sure to get your community engaged and tracking their minutes throughout the entire challenge period, the more minutes the better, and every minute counts.

Full challenge details including terms and conditions will be outlined on the website in early 2019.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185011

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Better Challenge: One national winner will receive $150,000. Five regional winners will receive $20,000 each.

Grants: $250 to $1,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community Better Challenge Eligibility:

- The challenge will be open to all Canadians.
- Individuals over the age of 13 will be able to track their own minutes through the ParticipACTION app, while children will be able to have their own minutes counted toward their community with the support of their parent or guardian through the ParticipACTION website.
- Organizations, schools, sport groups and workplaces are encouraged to spread the word about the challenge to their members and surrounding networks as well as track minutes on behalf of their organization.

Grant Eligibility:

For an organization or group to be eligible for a grant, programs or events must:
- Take place in Canada.
- Take place during May 31st, 2019 and June 16th, 2019.
- Be registered on the ParticipACTION website as part of the Community Challenge.
- Complete a post-event online survey within one month following the program or event completion.

Organizations/groups that may be eligible are:
- Community, not-for-profit organizations and associations that can offer physical activity or sport participation opportunities in their community and/or who can promote and engage their citizens in the Community Challenge
- Municipalities or members representing an unorganized territory
- Schools
- First Nations and Indigenous groups/associations
- Multi-sport service organizations
- National, provincial and local sport organizations
- Other organizations that reach underserved groups and who demonstrate the need for funds to deliver physical activity or sport participation opportunities in their community and/or who can promote and engage those groups in the Community Challenge

Pre-Application Information:

Community Better Challenge:
Organizations will be able to register their events or programs online starting February 1.

Starting May 31st, 2019, participants will be able to track their active minutes by downloading the ParticipACTION app or by signing up online.

Grant Deadline:
Grant Applications will be accepted between February 1st and March 1st.

Benefits and Guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

Ken Zolotar
Manager of Stakeholder Relations and Public Affairs

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon