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Sport Event Hosting Grant Physical Literacy for Communities (PL4C) initiative. 

The Physical Literacy for Communities (PL4C) initiative in Edmonton, supported by a significant investment from the Canadian government and other sources, is a collaborative effort aimed at enhancing physical literacy among children and youth. Key stakeholders, including the Edmonton Sport Council, Alberta Health Services, local schools, and community organizations, are integral to its success. The initiative focuses on creating local changes through partnerships, building the capacity of leaders and instructors across Canada, and providing real-time feedback to schools and community programs. The overall goal is to reach up to 150,000 children and youth across Canada by August 2024, fostering a healthy, active community through improved physical literacy.


Sport Event Hosting Grant 

Hosting grants support organizations with the hosting of provincial, national or international recreational/amateur sport events within the city of Edmonton. The City of Edmonton is currently accepting applications for 2024 events. Applications will be accepted from January 26 until funds last.


Action For Healthy Communities (AHC) PASS Project

AHC's Participating in Arts, Sports, and Society (PASS) project is a 18-month initiative aimed at addressing the barriers and challenges faced by racialized newcomer youth in accessing and participating in sports activities. The project seeks to create an inclusive and equitable sports environment where all youth, regardless of their background, have equal opportunities for personal growth, social integration, and well-being.

To learn more about the scope of this work and the path ahead in addressing these barriers download the digital version of this report

An important segment of AHC's PASS Project was the PASS research compiled in collaboration with the University of Alberta. The purpose of the PASS Research was to investigate and identify the barriers contributing to low participation of racialized youth in recreation and organized sports and ultimately develop recommendations to policy-makers to lower those barriers. To better understand these barriers and practical recommendations to overcome them, download the digital version of this report.


Book a FREE anti-racism in sport workshop with Action For Healthy Communities (AHC)

Book a FREE anti-racism in sport workshop today for your athletes age 14 and up, coaches, and teams. In this session, participants will learn about racism and anti-racism in a sport context, and develop knowledge on how racism and anti-racism can impact people and society. The workshop is 1.5 - 2 hours long and can be held in a facility or space that best suits your group, or at our office downtown. By the end of the workshop participants will be able to: Understand personal identity and how it plays into sports, identify current events/stories of racism in sport, define the dimensions of racism, identify teams or systems that are applying anti-racism initiatives and acting to combat racism, define anti-racism, and recognize anti-racism movements.

To book a workshop, or ask any questions, you can email sarah.smith@a4hc.ca.


Sport Central Call for Volunteers

Sport Central is a charitable organization in Edmonton providing youth, ages 4-17, with sporting equipment. A significant part of their mission involves bike repair & refurbishing! Starting January 13th, Sport Central is expanding their Bike Shop volunteer hours to Saturdays, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Ready to pedal towards positive change? Send them an email to thekid@sportcentral.org or fill out the application HERE.


Sport Central Needs Your Help!

Sport Central is a Charitable Organization that serves youth, ages 4-17 in Edmonton, and Red Deer North. Hockey Season is in full-swing, and Sport Central is busier than ever. They are currently running low on Hockey Skates & Helmets and are asking people to please donate their used (or new) Hockey Skates & Helmets to any one of their donation locations. For the ensured safety of the Youth they serve, respectfully, they are looking for Hockey Skates & Helmets that are 10 years old, and newer. Click Here to see a full list of their donation locations!


E-learning Coaching Course

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is excited to be offering Values-Based Coaching: A True Sport Approach – an interactive, self-reflective e-learning course for coaches at all levels of sport. The course walks coaches through personal reflections about their values, coaching philosophy, and motivation, then gives them practical tools and resources to implement a values-based approach to their work. Embark on this enriching virtual course today! Learn More.


Impact of the CIOG Budget Cuts

In 2023, the Community Investment Operating Grant (CIOG) experienced a significant reduction, dropping from $3.65 million to $0.96 million. This budget cut led to 106 organizations losing all funding and 36 organizations losing at least 50% of their support. These organizations play a crucial role in providing essential services to Edmontonians, including inclusive sports, literacy programs, and community development. As we work towards recovery and transformation, it's vital that funders collaborate with the community to sustain these vital programs through flexible operational grants. Join us in advocating for their support by sending a letter to Edmonton City Council and Mayor via the form on this page. Your voice matters in preserving these essential services. For inquiries, contact Rhianna@ecvo.ca.


New Tourism & Sport Ministry
A Mandate Letter has been issued to The Honourable Joseph Schow, Minister of Tourism and Sport, directing him to establish a Community Recreation Centre Infrastructure Fund that invests at least $80 million over four years in small and mid-sized projects such as indoor and outdoor hockey arenas and rinks, community pools, indoor turf centres, pickle ball courts, sports fields and courts, and other recreational facilities.

2023 Universiade Awards
Eligible applications for this program were received from 18 sport and 14 arts organizations. Ten sport organizations received a total of $40,193 while 4 arts organizations received a total of $20,000. The list of recipients and their funded projects is posted here.

New Tourism & Sport Ministry
A Mandate Letter has been issued to The Honourable Joseph Schow, Minister of Tourism and Sport, directing him to establish a Community Recreation Centre Infrastructure Fund that invests at least $80 million over four years in small and mid-sized projects such as indoor and outdoor hockey arenas and rinks, community pools, indoor turf centres, pickle ball courts, sports fields and courts, and other recreational facilities.

2023 Universiade Awards
Eligible applications for this program were received from 18 sport and 14 arts organizations. Ten sport organizations received a total of $40,193 while 4 arts organizations received a total of $20,000. The list of recipients and their funded projects is posted here.

Community Investment Operating Grant

The City of Edmonton Community Investment Operating Grant (CIOG) provides operating assistance to Edmonton's non-profit organizations, including recreation/amateur sport, working towards the following outcomes: increasing social inclusion and increasing equitable access to participation. The 2023 CIOG program awarded $479,499 to 70 Edmonton non-profit sport and recreation organizations.


EDI Practitioner Tip Sheet: Avoiding EDI Policy Mistakes in Sport 

Many existing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) policies reinforce and justify (often unintentionally) exclusion and inequity. Check out this EDI Tip Sheet and more resources here.


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

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.

Links to the KidSport Calgary and KidSport Edmonton Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Discussion Series video recordings and resources can be found here.

Our strategic planning resource page will also assist you in integrating your engagement with these populations within your overall operating plan.


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