The City of Grande Prairie’s Pursuit of Excellence Fund is designed to provide assistance to athletes, coaches, and sport organizations in the region to achieve "excellence" in their chosen sport. The fund is a legacy of the 1995 Canada Winter Games that were hosted in Grande Prairie, and includes partnerships with the County of Grande Prairie and the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta.
The greatest impact on sport development will be made by competent, enthusiastic coaches. The highest priority will be given to coach education, particularly where that education will take place locally through clinics and conferences. The second priority will be to assist in the training and development of individual athletes. Funding will be given in situations where assistance is necessary to take the sport to the next level. The third priority will be to provide assistance in developing volunteers and officials.
The Pursuit of Excellence Committee priorities are to help support:
- Individual Athletes
- Sports Organizations
Available funding streams:
- Funding for Coaches, Referees, Officials & Volunteers
- Athlete Development Funding
- Athlete Travel Funding
- Bidding for Sports Events
- Bob Neufeld Scholarship
- Come Fly with Me Fund
- Funding for Workshops, Clinics & Symposiums
- Perky McCullough International Excellence Scholarship
View the Pursuit of Excellence Fund Postcard for a map of the eligible area.
The Committee grants up to $42,500 each year to athletes, coaches, volunteers, and sport organizations. No single sport shall receive more than 20 per cent of the annual budget for the grant.
The Canada Winter Games legacy funds $30,000, the City of Grande Prairie funds $10,000 and the County of Grande Prairie funds $2,500. The Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta contributes funds that directly support the Come Fly With Me Fund.
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