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Games Legacy Grant

As a result of hosting the 1985 Alberta Summer Games, 1992 Alberta Winter Games, 2003 Alberta Senior Games and 2004 Arctic Winter Games, a Games Legacy grant was created with surplus monies from these events.

The Games Legacy Grant Program is used to encourage participation in amateur sport and cultural activities by providing financial assistance to athletes and performers competing or training at a provincial, national or international level.

Program Objectives

The objective of the Games Legacy grant is to:

  • Promote and encourage development and growth in activities related to amateur sport and cultural activities for youth and adults within the priority framework.
  • Promote and develop future local talent within the community.
  • Offer financial assistance to talented residents to achieve their maximum potential.

Application Process

The application process is advertised on the Municipal website, and encourages residents, community groups and non-profit organizations to submit grant applications. Proof regarding the legitimacy of the sanctioning organizations must also be submitted with the application. Applications should be in the spirit and intent of the Games Legacy Grant.

Applicants may apply for competitions or training that happens:

  • Up to six months prior to the application release date.
  • Up to six months after the application submission deadline.

Individual applicants may apply for grant funding up to a maximum of $2,000 and Team/Group applicants may apply for up to a maximum of $3,000. Applications must be submitted on the appropriate form on the Municipal website and include two reference letters* as well as a copy of the applicant's most recent program budget. Reference letters are used to establish the applicant's competence, accomplishments and growth potential. Letters can be supplied by provincial associations, coaches, instructors or club executives, and should include contact details. Letters cannot come from immediate family members.

Upon receipt, applications are reviewed to ensure that they meet grant requirements (e.g., event/activity applied for occurred since the previous allocation deadline and before the next allocation deadline).

Reference letters can be emailed to CIP@rmwb.ca or dropped off at:
Community and Protective Services Department
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
9909 Franklin Ave.
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4

Note:For the application to be considered completed and eligible for application, reference letters must be received on or before the grant application deadline and dated within 30 days of the application submission.

Eligibility Guidelines for Assessment and Approval for Funds

Within the priority framework, an applicant must be:

  1. A resident of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for a minimum of one year.
  2. A student living outside the region with parents residing in the region for a minimum of five years. The student must consider the region his/her principal residence.

Ineligible Expenses

  • Operational expenses
  • Debt principal payment
  • Costs funded under other grant programs
  • Activities deemed by the Municipality as ineligible on a case-by-case basis
  • Education
  • Tuition (e.g., university, college, etc.)
  • Specialized equipment approved through funds of provincial organizations
  • League play
  • Perishable items (life expectancy less than one year)
  • Purchase of items for resale
  • Any request from a group that is not for developmental purposes (i.e., costs must be for training or instruction not available locally)

Approved Uses of Grants

Grant recommendations shall be based on the proven costs of specific services, such as:

  • Participation at provincial, national or international competitions where the athlete, participant or team has qualified to compete as per governing body requirements.
  • Funding athletes and/or coaches to attend provincial, national or international courses or clinics that are not available locally, for the purpose of acquiring or upgrading skills.
  • Bringing specialized personnel to the Municipality for training and educational purposes at a provincial, national or international level.
  • Funds towards competition/opportunities at provincial, national, or international events as sanctioned by governing bodies.

Applicants who attend provincial, national or international competitions on their own accord or who were invited will not be funded unless the event is sanctioned by the national sport or cultural organization.

An applicant who volunteers his/her services will be given consideration over an applicant of equivalent eligibility who is remunerated for his/her services.

Evaluation Criteria for Assessment and Approval of Application for Funds

Priority Framework for the Games Legacy Grant

Rank Athletic Cultural
1 Minor athlete or group that meets event qualification requirements sanctioned by sport governing body to compete at an international level. Minor performer or groups that meet event qualification requirements set by the event governing body to compete at an international level.
2 Minor athlete or group that meets event qualification requirements sanctioned by the sport governing body to compete at a national level. Minor performer or groups that meet event qualification requirements sanctioned by the event governing body to compete at a national level.
3 Minor coach or instructor of an athlete or group that meets qualification requirements sanctioned by the sporting body at an international level. Minor coach or instructor of a student or group that meets event qualification requirements set by the event governing body to compete at an international level.
4 Minor athlete or group that meets event qualification requirements sanctioned by the sport governing body to compete at a provincial level. Minor performer or group that meets event qualification requirements set by the event governing body to complete at a provincial level.
5 Minor athlete or group that is invited to attend training or education camps as sanctioned by the national sporting body at a national or international level. Minor performer or group that is invited to attend training or education camps as sanctioned by their national cultural body at a national or international level.
6 Adult athlete or group that meets event qualification requirements sanctioned by the national sporting body to compete at an international level. Adult performer or group that meets event qualification requirements set by the event governing body to compete at an international level.
7 Minor coach or instructor of athletes who meet qualification requirements sanctioned by the national sporting body at a national level. Minor coach or instructor of performer who meets qualification requirements sanctioned by the cultural body at a national level.
8 Adult athlete or group that meets event qualification requirements sanctioned by the national sporting body to compete at a national level. Adult performer or group that meets event qualification requirements sanctioned by the cultural body to compete at a national level.
9 Minor coach or instructor of athletes who meet event qualification requirements sanctioned by the provincial sporting body at a provincial level. Minor coach or instructor of performer who meet event qualification requirements sanctioned by the cultural body at a provincial level.
10 Minor athlete or group that is invited to attend training or education camps as sanctioned by the provincial sporting body at a provincial level;

or ...

Minor athlete or group that is invited to attend international and national competitions that are sanctioned by the national sporting body to gain competition experience and skills;

or ...

Adult athlete or group that meets event qualification requirements sanctioned by the national sporting body to compete at a provincial level;

or ...

Adult athlete or group that is invited to attend training or education camps as sanctioned by the international sporting body at an international level;

or ...

Minor or adult athlete or group competes at a regional qualifier for a national competition where there is no qualifier at a provincial level.
Minor performer or group that is invited to attend training or education camps as sanctioned by their provincial cultural body at a provincial level;

or ...

Minor performer or group that is invited to attend international and national competition that is sanctioned by the national governing body to gain competition experience and skills;

or ...

Adult performer or group that meets event qualification requirements sanctioned by their national cultural body to compete at a provincial level;

or ...

Adult performer or group that is invited to attend training or education camps as sanctioned by the international cultural body at an international level;

or ...

Minor or adult performer or group competes at a regional qualifier for a national competition where there is no qualifier at a provincial level.

Priority is given to junior and young athletes/minor coaches. Minor is defined as anyone under the age of 18; adult is defined as anyone 18 years or older.

Reporting Requirements

For applicants requesting a grant of $1,000 or more, the Municipality will allocate 50 per cent of funding upon approval. To receive the remaining 50 per cent, a Games Legacy Funding Claim Form and copies of receipts must be submitted within two months of completing the project or attending the event.

For applications involving retroactive funding, approved funding will be issued in full upon receipt of the Games Legacy Funding Claim Form and required documentation.

Key Dates and Timelines

In keeping with the original trust conditions, funding is distributed under the authority of the Community Services Committee.

Application deadlines:

The 2017 Call for Applications for the Games Legacy Grant is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!

  • Call for applications – April 3, 2017
  • Application deadline – April 29, 2017
  • Grant distribution – by July 31, 2017

The total annual grant distribution shall be allocated at no less than 30 per cent to cultural development and no more than 70 per cent to sports development, provided sufficient applications are received in each division.

If all eligible applicants within a division receive maximum funding, any surplus funds are transferred to the other division to maximize allocations.

General Conditions

A condition of accepting funding is that the Municipality has the authority to examine successful recipients’ records at any time to ensure grant funds are being used in the manner originally agreed upon. Any funds not used for the project as described in the agreement may have to be returned.

The Municipality, in conjunction with the Community Services Committee, reserves the right to allocate Community Investment Program funding in such a manner as deemed to be in the best interest of the Municipality.

Contact

Community and Protective Services Department
9909 Franklin Ave.
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4
780-743-7940
CIP@rmwb.ca

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