Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Return to Play Grant
Alberta’s government is investing $4 million to help get more Alberta children and youth active through a partnership with KidSport Alberta and the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association. The grant aims to help make sport and recreation activities more accessible and affordable for children and youth of economically challenged families. This funding will also rejuvenate and sustain existing programs for disabled and parasport participants.
Funding of $1.85 million will support more than 7,000 children, as KidSport Alberta will distribute up to $250 per child to assist with registration costs for sport programs across Alberta. Parents can apply for funding through KidSport Alberta and use the grants to offset registration fees for organized sport programs. Applications are now being taken and will be accepted until the funds are distributed.
KidSport Alberta and the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association will distribute $2.1 million. These funds will be distributed to 140 qualified sport, physical activity and recreation organizations in the province through grants of up to $15,000. Applications are now being taken and will be accepted until August 7. Sport organizations can learn more and submit an application here, while physical activity and recreation organizations apply here.
Community Investment Operating Grant Changes
Recently the Edmonton Sport Council (ESC) was successful in the creation of a distinct Community Investment Operating Grant for sport and recreation which will be co-administered by the ESC and the City of Edmonton. It is the intention of the ESC to solely administer this grant program within the next three years. Subsequently, City Council's Community and Public Services Committee directed that the grant be named the "Live Active Grant" with strong ties to the Live Active Strategy. This change will see the continued realignment of the grant to advance diversity and inclusion by Edmonton's sport and recreation organizations.
While the grant is currently unfunded beyond this year, organizations considering applying in 2023 are encouraged to review the following resources and begin preparing now: Workshop Recording, Workshop Slideshow (with speaking notes), Outcome Measurement Instructions & Item Bank, Outcome Measurement Tools, and Glossary of Terms.
City seeks public input on 2023-2026 budget
The City of Edmonton is building your new four-year budget to take us from the start of 2023 to the end of 2026. We want to build a budget that meets your needs while balancing what’s actually possible given the current economic realities and pandemic recovery. However, there has never been a greater need for continued investments for a healthy, active city. Click here for more information and to provide your input.
Call for Participants
Researchers at the University of Alberta want to hear from kids experiencing disability, to learn more about their experiences of inclusion at the Clareview District Park Inclusive Playground. Participants will be compensated for their involvement in the study! Click here to learn more.
Call for Participants
Researchers from Action for Healthy Communities and University of Alberta are seeking to identify barriers that racialized newcomer youth face in their sports participation and to recommend policy changes to eliminate those barriers. The project will collect information from athletes and their parents about their sport experiences and challenges in their sports, as well as local and provincial sport organizations' experiences in dealing with barriers and providing services to racialized communities.
New - Support Through Sport eLearning Modules
The free Support Through Sport series offers training and resources to empower coaches to recognize and take action to address gender-based violence and teen dating violence.
2022 Community Investment Operating Grant Analysis
The City of Edmonton Community Investment Operating Grant program awarded $3.65 million to 308 non-profit organizations in Edmonton.
Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Discussion Series
KidSport Calgary and KidSport Edmonton in partnership with INclusion Incorporated and supported by Sport Calgary and Edmonton Sport Council, is offering a Diversity and Inclusion in Sport series to Local Sport Organizations across Alberta. Join us to learn more about the proactive behaviors, options, and actions we can all make so that people from all backgrounds, ages, and abilities feel welcome, respected, and that they belong at your club. We will be hosting FREE monthly virtual sessions and will be recording each session for those who are unable to attend live.
Session 5 - September 14: Anti-racism in Sport (registration link not yet available)
As a society we are recognizing that racism is imbedded in our systems and structures. Racism is prevalent in sport and this session will talk about what that means and what you need to think about to surface this topic in your sport.
The schedule of other future Webinars with session descriptions can be found here. Links to recordings and resources from previous sessions can be found here.
Engaging Under-Represented Populations
It's important that sport and recreation organisations reflect the diversity of the communities in which they operate, and have practices in place to help them achieve their inclusion goals. The Sport Council website has several new pages with information and resources to support organizations in engaging under-represented populations including Edmontonians with disabilities, girls and women, newcomers, and indigenous and LGBTQI2S+ Edmontonians.
Our strategic planning resource page will also assist you in integrating your engagement with these populations within your overall operating plan.
Hosting mega, major and signature sport events can bring many positive benefits to the community.
Recommendation #6: That all mega, major and signature sport events hosted in Edmonton create a social legacy. Social legacies are defined as positive impacts that foster improvements in an individual's circumstances, opportunities, engagement, awareness, and overall health, particularly socially and economically marginalized Edmontonians.
New Educational Opportunities
The Workshops, Conferences & Webinars page is updated almost every day with new online webinars, most of them free or low-cost. Below the current listings are links to previously recorded webinars on a variety of topics.
Live Active Stories of Edmontonians
Check out amazing Live Active stories, and if you are interested, share your Live Active story, especially if it is FREE or low cost, involves family members, is quick and easy, and can be done in a variety of locations. Send us your submission (up to 500 words) with a picture or link to your Live Active experience video.
The Live Active Update
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And check out what you've missed in The Live Active Update E-news Archive!