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Aboriginal Community Sport Development Grant Program (ACSDGP)

Grants to Saskatchewan Nonprofits and
Communities for Youth Sports Programs

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Saskatchewan nonprofit organizations and communities for sports and recreation programs designed for local youth. Funding is intended to support community capacity to provide quality organized sports and youth development opportunities to urban, rural, on-reserve, isolated, and northern communities, specifically for Aboriginal youth. The majority of sport program participants must be of First Nations and Métis descent, with the programs to be directed at the residents of the community.

The Aboriginal Community Sport Development grant will focus on communities and building their capacity to offer quality, organized sport programs for Indigenous youth. The goals of the initiative are:

  • Increase the number of Aboriginal youth participating in organized sport programs in Saskatchewan;
  • Increase the numbers of volunteers available to organize and assist with sport teams and clubs; 
  • Encourage communities to work cooperatively with other communities or sport groups to organize leagues, tournaments and competitions;
  • Provide resources to assist communities with introducing new, organized sport programs that include coaching or leadership components. 

Organized sport programs include a full spectrum of community support including facility access, volunteers, coaching, leadership, children and youth. Additionally a full-range of sport participation opportunities must be considered and provided, starting with exposure to different sports; then introducing sport skills instruction; then onto organizing teams, clubs, leagues and tournaments; and then offering opportunities for higher levels competition, often outside of the community. For all this, coaching and volunteer leadership from within the community are key.

Programs must meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Aim to increase the number of long-term organized sports programs involving First Nations and Métis children and youth. 
  • Provide opportunities for ‘new’ organized sports programs in the community or provide extended, sport participation opportunities within existing community sports programs for children and youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate. 
  • Strive for gender equity, youth participation and parental involvement in identifying local sport priorities, as well as involvement in planning and delivering new sports initiatives.
  • Increase the number of First Nations and Métis people involved in leadership capacities (coaching, organizing, volunteering, etc.) for sport initiatives.

Programs must demonstrate one or more of the following planning initiatives:

  • Focus on decreasing barriers to sport participation activities and therefore improve the health and/or well-being of First Nations and Métis children, youth and families;
  • Where possible, actively involve those to whom the projects and activities are to be provided, in the development, management and delivery of the projects;
  • Solicit community input and incorporate community-identified needs;
  • Strive for sustainability to ensure a long lasting impact for the community; and
  • Where appropriate, be integrated and coordinated with other community projects and activities of a similar nature.

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GrantWatch ID#: 153554

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum eligible amount a community can receive per initiative is $5,000 per year. The minimum application amount to be considered is $1,000 per initiative, per year.

Grantees may not receive more than $10,000 per initiative over 3 years.

Term of Contract:

The program grant period is nine months from the date of the grant application. All activities and eligible expenditures must be expended within the fiscal period. Extensions beyond the end of the grant period will not be allowed.

For approved sports initiatives, grant recipients will be eligible to apply for additional funding support in subsequent years. Initiatives can be funded for up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Organizations that provide services with First Nations and Metis people and are registered under the Saskatchewan Non-Profit Corporations Act are eligible to apply (these organizations must have been incorporated and in existence for a minimum of one year); or
-Communities are eligible to apply provided endorsement is received from a Bonded Authorized Officer (i.e. Mayor, Reeve or Chief);
-Applicants must have appropriate levels of participants insurance covering projects, events and activities that fall under its sanction;
-Ineligible communities or organizations may partner with eligible communities/organizations to apply for support and deliver activities that meet the objectives of the program;

Individuals and provincial organizations may not apply for funding assistance through this program. Retroactive funding for past or existing projects and activities is not eligible.

Ineligible costs include:
-Projects that duplicate existing projects and activities;
-Salaries for individuals involved in organizing or coordinating community sport programs;
-Costs associated with the training of coaches and/or officials for the sport programs.
-Construction, renovation, retrofit and repairs to buildings/facilities;
-Property taxes;
-General director’s and officer’s liability and participants insurance is ineligible, however, additional insurance coverage required for special events or activities associated with the grant request may be considered as eligible;
-Alcoholic beverages;
-Food purchases that do not relate directly to a project or food items for resale;
-Cash prizes;
-Out-of-province activities and travel;
-Salaries or expenses for any federal, provincial or local government employees

Pre-Application Information:

Next Application Deadline: April 1, 2020.

Recipients are permitted to apply for more than one community sports initiative; however, a separate application per initiative is required. If an organization or community is submitting more than one application, consideration will be given to the second or subsequent application(s) after all other community submissions have been reviewed.

Contact Information:

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

Communities or organizations should send completed application forms to the address below:

Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture, and Recreation
Box 818
Wynyard, SK. S0A 4T0
Phone: 306-554-2414
Fax: 306-726-2052
ATTN: Stephanie Cuddington, Executive Director

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