Important dates

Year in Review

For the 2020 grant, the Year in Review will be July 1st, 2019 to June 30th, 2020.

Residency date

For the 2020 grant, the residency date will be July 1st, 2018.

Registration deadline

The Application Portal will open July 2, 2020.

For the 2020 grant, the registration deadline will be October 2020, actual date to be determined.

Overview

Podium Alberta, also known as the Alberta High Performance Athlete Assistance Program, supports Alberta’s high performing athletes by:

  • helping athletes continue their pursuit of athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition
  • encouraging athletes to stay in Alberta to live and train
  • enabling athletes to successfully pursue excellence in sport while fulfilling their educational goals
  • increasing athlete access to high performance coaching and sports science practitioners
  • enhancing training and competitive opportunities available to athletes

Since 2008, Podium Alberta has provided over 2,500 grants to 800 athletes, worth over $10.4 million. We are proud of the funding committed to date, and proud of our athletes.

Objectives

Specific objectives of the program are:

  • to help athletes continue their pursuit of athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition
  • to encourage athletes to stay in Alberta to live and train
  • to enable athletes to successfully pursue excellence in sport while fulfilling their educational goals; To increase athlete access to high performance coaching and sports science practitioners
  • to enhance training and competitive opportunities available to athletes

Funding

Podium Alberta may provide up to $6,000 in addition to the funding received from Sport Canada’s AAP for the Year in Review. This is dependent on:

  • funding available
  • the number of athletes enrolled
  • demonstration of eligible expenditures

Funding through Podium Alberta will equate to a maximum of approximately 28.3% of Sport Canada Funding.

Eligibility

To be eligible, athletes must:

  • have been nominated and accepted for carding status under Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program (AAP), and meet all the following criteria:
  • have received AAP funding between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 (Year in Review)
  • have been a resident of Alberta since July 1, 2018 or earlier (at least one year prior to Year in Review
    • residency after July 1, 2018 may result in partial funding
  • be training in Alberta
    • exceptions will be made providing the athlete can prove:
      • that he/she cannot receive the required level of training in Alberta and is out of the province temporarily during the year (for example, due to lack of facilities, coaching, competition, national team requirements)
      • that he/she must attend a post-secondary institution out-of-province because the course of study is not available in Alberta
      • that it is more financially feasible to attend a post-secondary institution out-of-province
      • Other extenuating circumstances that require the athlete to be out of province
  • not be receiving funding from another province or territory
  • not be under sanction as per the Canadian Anti-Doping Policy (PDF, 1.8 KB)

For more information, see Eligibility Guidelines and Criteria (PDF, 226 KB).

Eligible expenses

The following items are eligible under Podium Alberta:

  • Standard living costs (for example: rent/mortgage, utilities, groceries, medical expenses, transportation etc.)
  • Costs directly associated with training (for example: coaching, sports science, facility fees, other athlete services)
  • Costs associated with attending training camps and competitions (for example: entry fees, travel costs)
  • Sport specific equipment
  • Education related expenses excluding tuition (for example: books, fees)

For National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) expenditures that are eligible under Podium Alberta, see NCAA eligibility below.

Up to actual and necessary expenses associated with an athletics event and practice immediately preceding the event.

NCAA eligibility

For information about eligibility for NCAA students, see Eligibility Guidelines and Criteria (PDF, 226 KB).

For instructions on how to apply, see Instructions for Potential NCAA Students. (PDF, 214 KB)

How to apply

The Application Portal will open July 2, 2020.

The Registration Deadline is October 2020.

Completed applications must be submitted on or before the deadline. All mandatory sections of the application form must be completed in full. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

If alternate arrangements for submission need to be made, please contact us.

Past recipients

See the record of past recipients

Contact

Steven Patrick
Consultant, High Performance Sport
Phone: 780-644-4897
Email: steven.patrick@albertasport.ca

Address:
Alberta Sport Connection
Suite 500, 10055 106 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 1G3