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Special Events/Competition Assistance (UERAB) Grants

Grants to Medicine Hat, Alberta Nonprofits, Individuals, and Agencies
for Local, Regional, National, and International Events and Competitions

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City of Medicine Hat Parks and Recreation

Deadline Date:

08/31/19 - Applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the event.


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Medicine Hat, Alberta individuals, and nonprofit groups, organizations, and agencies for one-time assistance to fund the attendance or hosting of special recreational, sports, or leisure events and competitions. Events may be either provincial, regional, national, or international. Priority consideration will be given to the duration and location of the event, the number of people involved, and to applications that have demonstrated to ability achieve a major contribution to the community in terms of resident involvement and/or tourism generation, economic benefit, positive recognition and/or the benefits of living in Medicine Hat.

The City recognizes the valuable contribution made to the community by those groups, organizations, and individuals who attain provincial, western Canadian, national, and international recognition. The City of Medicine Hat also recognizes the value of special events and the contribution they make to the spirit and vitality of the community.

Special Events and Competition Assistance Grants are intended to recognize and acknowledge the efforts necessary to attaining excellence, as well as:
-Encourage positive use of leisure time for the betterment of the community
-Promote Medicine Hat as a vibrant, healthy community
-Provide assistance to groups, organizations and individuals who attend Provincial, Western Canadian, National and International competitions or events
-Encourage participation and emphasize spirit of community by all residents of Medicine Hat
-Promote recreation, leisure and sport opportunities vital to well being and quality of life
-Provide assistance and/or encouragement to groups/organizations to host local special events in Medicine Hat of a recreational, leisure or sports nature

Applicants are encouraged to develop a diverse funding/income base and seek self-sufficiency as evidence of a sustainable activity. Any financial support provided must be applied directly to activities specific to the event (i.e., travel, accommodations, meals, advertising, facility rental, etc.).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165813

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding levels vary depending on the number of grants received in a period.

Funding limits for competitions/events:

- Individual: Attending - up to $500 / Hosting - n/a
- Two or More Participants: Attending - up to $1,000 / Hosting - up to $2,000

National, International, Western Canada:
- Individual: Attending - up to $1,000 / Hosting - n/a
- Two or More Participants: Attending - up to $2,000 / Hosting - up to $3,000

Term of Contract:

Grants are awarded on a year-by-year basis and are not to be seen as an automatic ongoing source of funding. Grants are intended as a one-time assistance program to individuals and organizations.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicant(s) must be a resident of the City of Medicine Hat for the past 6 months.
- The event must be accessible to the public regardless of age, creed or religion.
- The event as well as the participants must be of amateur status and the applicants sponsor should be registered as a not-for-profit group, organization or agency. The not-for-profit registered number must be provided on the application.
- Financial support cannot be used for items such as capital expenditures, (ie. equipment which remains with the applying group), uniforms/clothing, or alcoholic beverages.
- Smaller regional/zone events and those which are for the purpose of fund raising are not eligible to apply.
- Any event generating a surplus of funds is not eligible for assistance.
- Applicants cannot apply to more than one City of Medicine Hat Advisory Board source for the same event or competition.

Pre-Application Information:

There are 2 intakes for applications per year. The deadlines for applications are:
- January 31
- May 31
- August 31

Please note that if the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, applications and any support material may be submitted the next business day.

Application must be received at least 30 days prior to event/competition. The review and recommendation process is conducted through the Urban Environment and Recreation Advisory Board, and approval of applications is through City Council. This process can take 8-12 weeks, and no funds will be sent until the final approval is received.

Parent organizations are requested to plan ahead and consolidate all of their team and individual requests into a single application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed grant and support materials can be delivered to:

Special Events & Competition Assistance Grant Committee
c/o Parks and Recreation
City of Medicine Hat
88 Kipling Street SE

or emailed to:

Phone: 403-529-8333

Grant Coverage Areas:

Medicine Hat

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta