Part of Grant programs

Active Communities Initiative

Funding capital projects that generate sport and recreation opportunities for Albertans.

Important dates

Application deadlines

  • Applications period open – May 3
  • Expression of Interest deadline – June 1 (Closed)
  • Invitation to submit full application – June 28. Note: Invitations are based on a review of Expressions of Interest for project eligibility and readiness. Only invited full applications will be considered.
  • Application deadline – September 3. All applications must be received no later than 4:30 pm.


The Active Communities Initiative is open to eligible community groups, non-profit organizations, and societies, and First Nations and Métis Settlements, that wish to build or enhance active spaces that support sport and recreation in their communities. The grant is intended for small and mid-sized projects, including indoor and outdoor skating rinks, community pools, indoor turf centres, pickle ball courts, sports fields and courts, and other sport and recreational facilities.  

Program guidelines


Non-profit organizations operating (or planning to operate) publicly accessible sport and recreation facilities in the province of Alberta, registered and in good standing for at least 2 years under one of the following Acts:

  • provincial legislation
    • Agriculture Societies Act
    • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act – Extra-Provincial Corporations*
    • Companies Act, Part 9 (Non-profit Companies)
    • Societies Act of Alberta
    • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
  • federal legislation
    • Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
    • Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities))
  • First Nations and Métis Settlements

Ineligible organizations and applicants

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding:

  • organizations not registered under one of the above-mentioned Acts
  • municipalities
  • for-profit organizations
  • non-profit organizations that do not provide services or access to the public or primarily support private sector interests
  • institutions as defined under Alberta’s Post-secondary Learning Act
  • organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting/reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by Government of Alberta
  • individuals


Connect with the Sport Physical Activity and Recreation Branch if you have questions:
Email: [email protected]