Athletes  /  Assistance


The Sport Participation Support Program purpose is to provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations towards the development and operation of projects/programs that:

  • Increase sport opportunities for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteer leaders from under-represented and/or marginalized populations. This would include groups such as girls and women, Indigenous populations, children and youth from economically disadvantaged families, persons with a disability, new Canadians, and youth at risk; OR
  • Support projects that strengthen physical literacy in children and youth participation that are compatible with the first three stages of the long-term development framework.


  • Grant amounts will range from $15,000 – $40,000 per year for the duration of the program.
  • Matching funds are not required, however organizations must demonstrate a component of self-generated revenues, or other financial support in the grant application to demonstrate program/project sustainability.

Applications Process

For more information contact Julie Hurd, Sport Consultant, or 780-427-5132.


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on community sports and recreation, increasing the barriers to participation faced by Canada’s most vulnerable children and youth. This is why we are launching the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund – an $8 million fund that will help sport and recreation organizations continue to deliver programming in 2020 and beyond.

This fund will provide two streams of needs-based support to eligible organizations.


Assists organizations with the costs of running sport and recreational programming, including:

  • Additional hiring of coaches, instructors, or other program supervisors;
  • Meeting return to play guidelines/provincial health protocols/regulations (e.g., PPE, cleaning supplies, individual equipment for participants, etc.); and
  • Facility and transportation cost increases.

operational support

Assists organizations with operational and administrative costs, including:

  • Rehiring staff, new employees to meet changing needs, repayment of past due accounts;
  • Staff training and development, fundraising/revenue generation strategy and development, and operational efficiencies; and
  • Equipment procurement, personal protective equipment, space reconfiguration, and program delivery adaptations (including start-up expenses related to establishing online programming).

Applications OPEN September 12, 2020

Community Giving driving economic prosperity

At CWB Financial Group, we want to ensure we’re making the greatest possible impacts towards driving economic prosperity for Canadians and the communities where we operate. Our community investment program contributes to economic success through corporate donations and sponsorships by focusing on two areas of giving: Enabling Business and Promoting Inclusivity.

Apply here

Community Grants

MD of Greenview provides grants to non-profit organizations to assist with operational and/or capital projects that will enhance and support the needs of the municipal residents. For more information click here.

Due Date(s): October 15, 2020


Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charity dedicated to removing financial barriers so kids across Canada have the opportunity to get off the sidelines and into the game. Jumpstart helps kids between the ages of 4 to 18 by assisting with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation for sports and physical activity programming.

Online application form


KidSport Grande Prairie provides support to kids 18 years of age and under to help remove the financial barriers that prevent them from participating in organized sport programs.

For more information & application form click here.


The RFA Program enhances recreation opportunities for low-income families and individuals living in the County. Through the program, qualifying residents can access a ten-punch pass to the Eastlink Centre, Crosslink County Sportsplex or the Beaverlodge Recreation Centre.

For more information & application form click here

Capital Assistance Grant

The Capital Assistance Grant program provides capital funding to non-profit organizations that own and/or operate facilities that provide recreational or cultural opportunities for County of Grande Prairie residents.

Applicants may apply for up to 50 per cent of the total project cost, to a maximum of $50,000.

Application Deadline is September 17, 2020

Apply here

Major Capital Grant

The Major Capital Grant program provides support for projects being constructed or rehabilitated by non-profit organizations whose initiatives provide a recognizable benefit to County residents.

This grant program is for organizations that are requesting funding for projects valued in excess of $100,000.

Application Deadline is September 17, 2020

Apply here

Community Improvement grant

The City of Grande Prairie is currently seeking applications for the Community Improvement Grant which provides opportunities for community groups and residents to start innovative and creative projects to improve the community.

To be eligible for the grant, projects must:

Provide an overall benefit to a neighbourhood or community
Involve a broad base of people to promote community development
Build community connections
Have a lifespan of a minimum of three years
Two funding options are available through this grant:

  • A matching grant of up to $5000: The City will match contributions made by organizations towards a project. Multiphase projects will be considered but the same phase will not be funded more than once.
  • A grant of up to $2,500: The City will fund one-time initiatives of up to $2,500. These initiatives must not be a part of multiphase projects.

Applications due October 1 here


The City of Grande Prairie’s Pursuit of Excellence Fund is designed to provide assistance to athletes, coaches, and sport organizations, to achieve “excellence”.

Athletes, Coaches and Sport Organization Funding & Scholarships

  • Athlete Development Funding
    Applicants may be eligible for up to two-thirds of the funds required; the individual/club is to provide remaining. Funding assistance to attend sports camps is not available from this fund; however, specialized or elite training camps may qualify.Pursuit of Excellence encourages attendance at local clinics. There is also funding assistance available, up to a maximum of $1000.00 per year, for athletes selected to national or provincial teams.
  • Bob Neufeld Scholarship 
    The Committee will review applications for the award of up to 4 scholarships of $1,000 annually to individuals who are pursuing excellence in their chosen sport(s). Applications can be from individual athletes, volunteer coaches or officials who have a desire to further their expertise in their chosen sport.
  • Coaching Development Funding
    Coaching education, particularly locally through clinics, conferences, and symposiums is first priority with the Committee. Applicants may be eligible for up to two-thirds of the funds required; the individual/club is to provide remaining
  • Come Fly with Me Fund
    This award is available to local athletes who require assistance to enhance their training and development and who have demonstrated pride in their community. Athletes must be part of the Grande Prairie sport development system. Committee decisions will be made on the basis of the applicant’s ability to meet fund criteria.
  • Funding for Referees, Officials & Volunteers
    Funding applications received from Referees/ Officials to upgrade their accreditation for their respective sport will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Funding for Workshops, Clinics & Symposiums
    Applicants are encouraged to offer training locally to allow for a greater number of Coaches, Officials, Volunteers to benefit from the training.The Committee may approve up to $1,000 towards:

    • Workshops
    • Clinics
    • Symposiums
  • Perky McCullough International
    Excellence Scholarship
    The Perky McCullough International Excellence Scholarship Fund is designed to support local athletes with the best potential for international success. Committee decisions will be made on the basis of the applicant’s ability to meet fund criteria.
  • Travel Funding
    Individuals/Teams representing the Province of Alberta and competing at or below the Junior Level who have qualified to attend national or championship competition, not including Invitational Tournaments, may be eligible for the following assistance.


The Recreation Access Program helps ensure all residents have access to leisure, recreation and fitness opportunities. We value providing socially inclusive programs to each individual and family in Grande Prairie. Providing this program to eligible participants removes financial barriers while enhancing community and family connectedness.

The program offers a 75% subsidy on Eastlink Centre memberships and passes to qualifying applicants. This enables participants to access the facilities for only 25% of the regular fare.

Community Facility Enhancement Program

Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) funding provides financial assistance to acquire, build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or expand sports, recreational, cultural or other related public-use community facilities.

CFEP Small Funding Stream

Annual application deadlines:

  • January 15
  • May 15
  • September 15

Projects must be completed within 18 months from the date the cheque is received by the organization.

Community Initiatives PROGRAM  (CIP)

The re-opening of CIP Project-Based grant program will support non-profits in their work to rebuild social connections in Alberta’s communities and support Alberta’s recovery. Non-profit and community organizations will look at the delivery of their programs and services during the COVID-19 health emergency in innovative and creative ways. Please review the CIP Project-Based guidelines for eligibility and funding criteria.


  • Funding will focus on events, festivals, programs and projects delivered in innovative and creative ways.
  • Higher priority will be given to:
    • projects that consider public health measures
    • events and festivals that support economic recover
    • programs and projects that support social connectivity
  • May 15 intake will be combined with the September 15 intakes with notification in March 2021
  • Alberta Relaunch Strategy – Stage 2 started on June 12. Check the website for details and health requirements that may affect your project.

Co-Op Community Spaces Grant

As Western Canadians, let’s enjoy the spaces that bring us together.

Co-op Community Spaces has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. In keeping with our ongoing commitment to invest in the communities we serve, Co-op will contribute up to $1 million to help support projects that improve the places Canadians meet, play, learn and share.

Community Impact Grant

The Community Impact Grant Program promotes a healthy, vibrant community that embraces diversity and support all of its members. It is through the generosity of our fund holders and donors that we are able to offer these grants to our region. The Community Foundation is honoured to be able to offer these grants to you. Charitable organizations are the heart of the community, making our region a better place to work, play and live. Thank you for the work you do. Together. We are building smarter more caring communities.


Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta supports charitable organizations working to create and sustain a healthy and resilient Northwestern Alberta where everyone is valued, contributes and has a strong sense of belonging.

The Better Together COVID-19 Response Fund is for charitable organizations serving those affected in Northwestern Alberta by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be made based on need and available funding.

Apply Here

SHaw Partnership

We invite charitable organizations to apply to Shaw for a cash or in-kind donation. Applications are reviewed four times per year in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.

Apply here

Community Partnership

From a corporate level down to each individual employee, giving back to the community is a core part of ARC’s beliefs. We have grown a strong sense of community here through financial support, volunteerism, health and wellness programs, and arts, education, and culture programs, as we strive to contribute to the well-being of the communities we operate in. 

ARC often partners with organizations to provide multi-year commitments for funding special projects, in an effort to create lasting change and long-term results.

Apply here

Western Communities Foundation

Each year the Western Communities Foundation awards a series of $5,000 Infrastructure Grants to support projects identified locally in each town.

To apply schedule an appointment at our local branch.


Grande Prairie

IG Wealth management

amateur athlete bursary fund

In keeping with our commitment to increasing the financial confidence of Canadians, these bursaries provide our country’s top athletes with some financial piece of mind so that they can focus on achieving excellence in their sport. This fund assists Canada’s elite athletes in covering their training and competition costs giving them the confidence to pursue their training and compete on a national and international stage.

Through the IG Wealth Management Amateur Athletes Fund and our partnership with AthletesCAN, we are proud to play a small role in helping you, our country’s most promising athletes, reach your full potential. As ambassadors and role models, you inspire us all to strive to achieve our personal best.

To date, IG Wealth Management has provided $2 million in bursary funding to hundreds of Canada’s top athletes.

Sarah Burke Foundation

Specifically for Winter Sport Athletes

Awards given to young winter sports athlete who could benefit from a $7,500 scholarships.

InMotion Network

Women & gIRLS IN mOTION & go girl

Use of Funding: InMotion Network’s three Physical Activity funding programs are funded through AGLC gaming proceeds. All funds acquired through gaming must be used in accordance with AGLC policies. The heart of the policy is that all funds must be used on items that are essential to hosting a Go Girl, Girls in Motion, or Women in Motion program. AGLC has determined that all funds raised through gaming endeavours must be used to support not-for-profit organizations in Alberta and as such InMotion Network is not permitted to fund any level of government. Gaming Funds to support the three physical activity projects submitted through schools, towns, municipalities, etc. must flow through local not for profit groups.

Application Form here

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