CIP Major Cultural and Sport Events grant

This program provides funding to sanctioned national and international cultural and sport events.

Important dates

Annual application deadlines:

  • April 1
  • October 1

Projects must be completed within 18 months from the cheque date.

Overview

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP), Major Cultural and Sport Events (MCSE) funding stream is intended to streamline processes and maximize limited funding for organizations applying through multiple sources within Alberta Culture and Tourism. These sources include Alberta Sport Connection, Tourism, and Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

You must contact program staff prior to submitting an application to MCSE

Major Cultural and Sport Event grant stream will consider the following type of events:

  • Sport
    • focus is on national or international amateur sport events sanctioned by national sport organizations or international federations
      • non-sanctioned events can apply for grant support through the Community Initiatives Program Project-Based funding stream
    • this includes national and world championships and world cup events
    • Examples include: World Cup Downhill Men’s Skiing, Scottie’s Tournament of Hearts Curling
  • Cultural
    • focus is on national or international cultural events that are recognized by the respective governing body
    • Examples include: JUNO Awards, Canadian Country Music Awards

Only sanctioned events are eligible for this grant. Sanctioned events are those that have been awarded/approved by the legally recognized governing body that is responsible for administering the event. The sport must be part of a national or international major multi-sport games program in order to be eligible.
For more information, read the CIP Major Cultural and Sport Events Guidelines(PDF, 102 KB).

Funding

The maximum funding available is $250,000. However, additional funding may be requested. Successful recipients must enter into a formal grant agreement.

MCSE funding is approved on a matching basis. The applicant must contribute towards the expenses of the project an equal or greater amount than the MCSE grant request. The matching funding may be in the form of cash or donated labour, equipment or materials, all of which must be directly related to the project. For more details about matching funding, read the CIP Major Cultural and Sport Events Guidelines (PDF, 102 KB).

Multiple applications.

Organizations can apply for one capital and one non-capital grant per government fiscal year (April 1-March 31).

  • Non-capital grant requests can be accessed through any one of the Community Initiatives Program (CIP) grant streams (Project-Based, Operating, International Development or Major Cultural and Sport Events).
  • Capital grant requests can be accessed under the Community Facility Enhancement Program and capital equipment grant requests can be accessed through CIP Project-Based.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants

The following organizations and community non-profit organizations can apply for this program:

  • organizations registered (and in good standing) under one of these Acts:
    • Provincial Legislation
      • Agricultural Societies Act
      • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act
      • Companies Act, Part 9 (Nonprofit Companies)
      • Societies Act of Alberta
      • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
    • Federal Legislation
      • Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
      • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and must be registered in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act
      • Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities))
  • First Nations and Métis Settlements
  • foundations established and regulated under the province’s Regional Health Authorities Act
  • universities, colleges and institutes as defined under Alberta’s Post-secondary Learning Act

Ineligible applicants

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding under CIP Major Cultural and Sport Events:

  • municipalities
  • for-profit organizations
  • any other organizations not registered under one of the above mentioned Acts
  • organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting/reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by Alberta Culture and Tourism
  • individuals

Eligible events and expenses

Funding is available to help organizations plan and host a single cultural or sport event that is either national or international in its scope and is open to the public.

Ineligible events

Events that are not eligible for funding include:

  • events that are still in the bidding process
  • events that are being organized or delivered by for-profit organizations
  • events where the Government of Alberta is being asked to assume or underwrite any contingent or other liability such as deficit or revenue and rights fee guarantee
  • professional events
  • local sport and cultural events or festivals that draw the majority of participants and spectators from a local or regional area
  • international or national conferences, congresses, symposiums, or annual general meetings
  • sport development/training camps.
  • provincial or interprovincial championships
  • multi-sport games
  • elementary, junior high, and high school sport championships

Ineligible expenses

Funding cannot be used for the following expenses:

  • time and labour provided towards preparation of funding applications, committee planning meetings, fundraising and similar activities not related directly to the delivery of the event
  • endowments, charitable donations, fundraising campaigns, developing a business case or proposal for funding, donor recognition/walls, gifts (volunteer recognition)
  • capital expenditures, including any construction, upgrading, maintenance, or operating costs to facilities to stage cultural or sport events
  • expenditures for which other grant dollars have been allocated
  • prize monies
  • alcohol
  • domestic or international bid costs
  • appearance fees for athletes
  • any costs for gifts, gratuities, honoraria, or other items of personal benefit
  • any costs that exceed the Government of Alberta’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Policy
  • retroactive expenses incurred prior to submission date
  • other expenses deemed ineligible as per Community Initiatives Program guidelines

How to apply

Step 1. Contact program staff

You must contact program staff prior to submitting an application to MCSE.

Phone: 780-422-9598 (Edmonton)
Toll-free: 1-800-642-3855

Step 2. Fill out the application package

Applications are also available through the Community Grants office. Contact the office for more information.
Keep a complete copy of your application as you may be contacted if further information or clarification is required.

Step 3. Submit the application package

Application packages can be emailed to LFP.application@gov.ab.ca or mailed to:
Major Cultural and Sport Events
Alberta Culture and Tourism
Suite 212, 17205 – 106A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5S 1M7

After you apply

Applicants will be notified about the results during the following times:

  • June (April 1 deadline)
  • December (October 1 deadline)

All decisions on grant applications are final, and no appeals will be considered.
Specific terms and conditions of the grant are provided once approved.

Reporting requirements

You will need to submit reporting as per signed formal grant agreement, which will include:

  • a summary report that includes:
    • a detailed description of the completed project
    • the benefits of the completed project
    • a description of communication opportunities provided for the Government of Alberta
  • a review engagement report, prepared by a certified public accountant licensed to practice in Alberta and accompanying financial statement relating to the completed project

Previous grant recipients

You can find previous grant recipients in thePrevious Grant Recipients Database.

Contact

Contact the Community Grants office at:
Phone: 780-422-9598 (Edmonton)
Toll-free: 1-800-642-3855 (toll-free in Alberta)
Email: LFP.application@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Major Cultural and Sport Events
Alberta Culture and Tourism
212, 17205 – 106A Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5S 1M7