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Matching donations for sport, recreation programs

News Release
Matching donations for sport, recreation programs

Alberta’s government is matching up to $350,000 in donations to eligible provincial sport, physical activity and recreation programs beginning April 1. 

This donation-matching campaign is part of Creative Partnerships Alberta, an initiative to find new ways to support non-profits. It will leverage private donations to help boost revenue for sport, physical activity and recreation organizations during this time of recovery and growth.
Albertans can make their gift through the new Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (SPAR) Donation Fund Program online portal from April 1 to Aug. 30.

“Research clearly indicates the importance of physical activity in maintaining physical, mental and emotional well-being. I encourage Albertans to show their support and help build the capacity and resiliency of sport, physical activity and recreation programming in Alberta. These programs are, and will remain, an essential part of making our province stronger, healthier and more resilient.” 
Ron Orr, Minister of Culture


Albertans rely on the essential services sport, physical activity and recreation programs provide for their physical and mental health, and their quality of life. The sector’s access to timely revenue increases the ability of sector organizations to adapt and respond to organizational and community issues.

“The Alberta Curling Federation was happy to have access to the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Donation Fund Program throughout the pandemic. The Donation Matching Campaign supported by the Government of Alberta will be an even greater incentive for Alberta curlers to support programs across the province as we return to curling.”
Jill Richard, executive director, Alberta Curling Federation


Quick facts

Individual donations up to $1,000 will be accepted for matching from April 1 to Aug. 30, 2022, or until the $350,000 commitment is spent.

Eligible donation recipients may receive up to $10,000 in matching funds.

Creative Partnerships Alberta is a bold initiative to build a thriving non-profit sector by sparking private investment in non-profits, growing social enterprises and increasing collaboration to find new solutions to social challenges. This initiative will:

Increase private funding and support to non-profits and arts organizations through new funding approaches.

Grow social innovation and social finance.

Provide non-profits with mentorship and coaching.

More Creative Partnerships Alberta programs and collaborations will be announced in the coming months.

Creative Partnerships is part of the government’s commitment to grow creative and cultural industries in the province by 25 per cent over the next 10 years and is an important part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

Related information

Donation Fund Program matching campaign

Alberta’s Recovery Plan


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