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Reaching Each and Every One: A Community Sport Intervention

This new grant program will support community-led projects that remove barriers and increase participation rates in recreational sport for underrepresented groups, in particular, Black, Indigenous, racially diverse, 2SLGBTQQIA+, low-income and newcomer populations, and people living with disabilities.


National Urban Park Initiative

The City of Edmonton is currently in discussion with Parks Canada, the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, the Métis Nation of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta about the potential for establishing a National Urban Park in the Edmonton area. Find out more and complete the online survey before October 10 to share what is important to you about this initiative.


Government of Canada Launches GCDonate Platform

GCDonate is GCSurplus’ online platform designed to advertise Government of Canada surplus moveable assets available for donation. The new and improved platform will facilitate the donation process for government departments and agencies, making it easier to donate surplus moveable assets to designated eligible groups and organizations including charitable or non-profit organizations.


Youth Sport in Canada – State of Play Survey

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, in partnership with Project Play, is deploying a nationwide State of Play survey of youth in Canada to better understand the current challenges and opportunities facing youth aged 8–18 to access quality sport. Jumpstart & Project Play are looking for organizations to help distribute the survey to young people in their programs and communities to make this a success. As a benefit to your organization, a system has been built that will provide access to your organization's data.


Community Safety and Well-being Grant - Deadline Extended

Community leaders and organizations who have a program, service, project, event or initiative that can help advance community safety and well-being in Edmonton are encouraged to apply for up to $100,000 in one-time grant funding support. A total of $1.5 million will be allocated by the end of 2022. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. September 30, 2022. 


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. On January 19, 2018, Health Canada hosted a panel discussion with Indigenous leaders and experts to discuss Reconciliation – What Does it Mean? In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presented 94 calls to action, with #87 - #91 addressing sports and reconciliation. The Reconciliation: A Starting Point mobile app is a reference tool for learning about First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, including key historical events and examples of reconciliation initiatives.


Alberta Non-profit Learning Centre

The Alberta non-profit learning centre provides resources on important concepts in governance of non-profits to support their role in the delivery of their programs and services in their communities.

These learning resources are intended to:

  • empower non-profits, their board members and volunteers through training
  • provide educational and training support in governance of non-profits
  • make it easier to find and access various types of resources that meet the specific needs of individual learners

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 6 on October 12: Girls in Sport

Girls drop out of sport at disproportional rates to boys, particularly in their early teens. This session will share the difference in programming for self-identified girls versus boys and the areas that sports should be paying attention to.

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.


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 RecordingWorkshop Slideshow (with speaking notes), Outcome Measurement Instructions & Item Bank, Outcome Measurement Tools, and Glossary of Terms.


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.


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 disabilitiesgirls and womennewcomers, 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.


Sport Legacies

Hosting mega, major and signature sport events can bring many positive benefits to the community.

Recommendation #3: That any facility developed or redeveloped to host a mega, major or signature event must be accessible for community use after the event.


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.


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