Overview

The project macro grant supports projects directly linked to the outcomes of an active Alberta and align with our guiding national initiatives.

The Project Macro Grant — up to $25,000 per project

To be eligible for this grant, your recreation and/or physical activity-related programming should:

  • improve access and reduce barriers to recreation and physical activity opportunities
  • use innovative and collaborative approaches
  • physical literacy
  • provide research, evaluation and knowledge translation
  • promote active transportation
  • promote active play
  • promote physical activity in the workplace
  • include First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities

For more information, read the Project Macro Grant Guidelines.

Disclaimer: All decisions are final. The evaluation results from individual applications are confidential and will not be shared.

Funding

Eligible Projects Allotted Funding (per project) Final Report Due
Project Macro $25,000 60 days after the project completion date

Eligibility

Eligible organizations

  • a non-profit organization registered under one of the Societies Act or Agricultural Societies Act, having been in operation in Alberta for at least one year
  • extra-provincial organizations providing programming or services through an Alberta office
  • organizations affiliated with post-secondary institutions recognized by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology

Partnership projects may take place between recreation/physical activity and non- recreation/physical activity organizations, providing the partnering organizations satisfy the criteria for eligible organizations.

Ineligible organizations

  • organizations with an outstanding Recreation and Physical Activity (RPA) project grant from a previous application cycle that has not been closed (final report received and accepted by Alberta Culture and Tourism staff)
  • municipalities
  • for-profit (commercial) enterprises

Eligible projects

The following areas may be considered for projects:

  • publicly accessible recreation and physical activity programming
  • research, evaluation and knowledge translation
  • sector development and sharing of best practices
  • workplace physical activity program development
  • programming that provides improved access to recreation and physical activity opportunities for specific populations including:
    • First Nations, Métis and Indigenous Communities
    • seniors
    • school-aged youth (Grades K-12)
    • disabled populations
    • families
    • new Canadians
    • girls and women

Ineligible projects

The following areas will not be considered for projects:

  • ongoing programming that is a feature of regular business with no determined conclusion date (pilot projects will be considered only during trial phase)
  • projects that have already commenced
  • those whose project budget includes over 20% of dollars allocated for the purchase of equipment
  • competition-based programming

Ineligible expenses

  • activities eligible for funding through Alberta Culture and Tourism operational funding
  • purchases such as buildings, property or capital development such as constructions or renovations

To determine whether an estimated expense is eligible, please contact rpad@gov.ab.ca before submitting your application.

How to apply

Step 1. Read the guidelines

Step 2. Pre-application screening

To better screen applications for eligibility, please complete and submit the pre-application document, only the pre-application will be accepted.

Alberta Culture and Tourism staff will screen pre-application submissions for eligibility.

Step 3. Complete application package

You will be asked to complete the following application package within a two-week period following notification from Alberta Culture and Tourism staff.

All applications must include a completed Recreation and Physical Activity Project Grant Application Form and signed Declaration Form (scanned or electronic signature acceptable). The organization must designate one member who is the primary contact for all requirements of the grant.

Application form

Pre-application deadline is at 11:59 pm, September 15, 2018.

All applications must include:

  • charitable registration number for registered Canada Revenue Agency charities
    or a business number for registered non-profit organizations
  • the most recent and prior year audited or board-approved financial statements
  • a list of current board of directors for the organization and their length of tenure

The organization’s executive director and the board treasurer (or designated other board member) must sign the application form. E-signatures are acceptable.

The applicant represents that the person(s) signing the application are authorized to bind the applicant to the agreement.

Step 4. Grant agreement

Successful applicants will receive a grant agreement for signature prior to the release of the approved grant dollars.

Step 5. Submit your application and project information

It is strongly encouraged that applicants read program guidelines prior completing the application.

Applications must be sent electronically to rpad@gov.ab.ca and must be received on or before the deadline. Subject line must read: “Project Macro Grant Program”.

Alberta Culture and Tourism does not accept faxed, late, mailed or incomplete applications. Applicants may submit only one application per deadline.

After you apply

Alberta Culture and Tourism staff will send you confirmation within 48 hours we received your application.

Applicants will be notified in writing with the result of their application within 60 days of the application deadline.

Grant assessment

Project assessment follows these general criteria:

  • organizational capacity: ability of the applicant to carry out the proposed project, performance and achievements of the applicant to date
  • project description: describe the need for and impact of the project
  • work plan: demonstrate an organized, systematic and realistic approach to project delivery
  • the long term impact (legacy) of the project once the project has been finished; an explanation and outline of the benefits resulting from funding are strongly encouraged
  • a detailed project budget, including evidence of in-kind and/or financial contributions from the applicant (strongly encouraged)
  • the alignment with relevant provincial and national policies

All decisions are final. The evaluation results from individual applications are confidential and will not be shared.

Reporting/Conditions

Grant recipients must sign the Grant Agreement before the funds will be released.

Use of funds

Grants must be used for the purposes described in the application as approved by Alberta Culture and Tourism.

If a grant is used for any other purpose, including changes in the outcome or in the location of the original program or project, Alberta Culture and Tourism will require the recipient to return all grant funds unless the change request is submitted in writing and approved by Alberta Culture and Tourism before the change is initiated.

If grant recipients do not receive the full grant amount requested, the grant recipients are still required to complete the project as proposed.

Financial records

Alberta Culture and Tourism, or an authorized ministry representative, may examine a grant recipient's financial and other records to ensure the grant is being or was used for its intended purpose.

If applicants do not receive the full grant amount requested, Alberta Culture and Tourism may require that a revised budget and proposal be submitted to ensure that the full project is still viable. The grant award will be considered conditional until this additional information is received.

Unused funds

Grant recipients must return unused portion of grant dollars to Alberta Culture and Tourism. Grant recipients must also return funds if reporting requirements are not met.

Changes and extensions

If a grant is to be used for any other purpose, including changes in the outcomes or location, Alberta Culture and Tourism may require the recipient to return all of the grant funds unless the change is:

  • submitted in writing
  • approved by Alberta Culture and Tourism staff before the change is made

If you require an extension for any reason, you must submit a written response before the end of the project time frame. One extension per grant may be considered.

Recognition Standards

Credit to the Government of Alberta for financial support will be acknowledged in any publicity prepared in relation to the project, including electronic, print or visual material.

Failure to satisfy the recognition requirement will result in:

  • cancellation of the grant
  • return all of the funding
  • ineligibility for future grant streams for five years

It is your responsibility to provide evidence of compliance with the recognition requirements.

Alberta Culture and Tourism provides electronic versions of the Government of Alberta’s logo for use in meeting recognition requirements. Please contact rpad@gov.ab.ca to receive the appropriate logo.

Reporting requirements

You must submit a report upon completion of the project that demonstrates grant funds were spent on the activities described in the application.

This report is due 60 days after the stated completion date (as stated in the grant agreement) of the final project and must include all of the following:

  • a completed Recreation and Physical Activity Project Report Form
  • a Recreation and Physical Activity Financial Report Form certified by:
    • for non-profit applicants, the organization’s financial/signing authority and one other board member than the treasurer
    • extra-provincial organizations providing programming or services through an Alberta office, the organization’s financial/signing authority and one other board member than the treasurer
    • organizations affiliated with post-secondary institutions recognized by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology
    • the organization’s financial/signing authority
  • copies of any products associated with the project; examples include research reports, activity programs, surveys or multimedia products
  • where applicable, a copy of all promotional materials produced in conjunction with the projects/programs supported by Alberta Culture and Tourism funding; these materials must include acknowledged Government of Alberta support
  • where applicable, media articles in which a scheduled Alberta Culture and Tourism-funded project is mentioned

If you or your organization does not meet these reporting requirements, you will be ineligible for further funding from Alberta Culture and Tourism for a period of three years from the time the delinquency is resolved.

Alberta Culture and Tourism will provide a formal Final Report Package template (PDF, 1.58 MB) to successful applicants

Contact

To contact the Recreation and Physical Activity Branch:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-6549
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-5140
Email: rpad@gov.ab.ca

Address:

Commerce Place
6th Floor, 10155 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4G8