Cycling Canada has announced a new grant opportunity open to all affiliated clubs to support the implementation & development of the grassroots HopOn program for underrepresented groups such as Black, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQI+, newcomers and those with disabilities.
Clubs affiliated with their respective Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization (PTSO) can apply for up to a maximum amount of $15,000 to be used towards:
- National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certified Instructors and Learning Facilitators
- Program subsidies (e.g., registration fees)
- Equipment needs (bikes, helmets, trailer, maintenance, insurance, etc.)
The funding is made possible by the Government of Canada’s Community Sport for All Initiative (CSAI) as announced earlier today by the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, following a visit to the Sylvan Adams Velodrome in Bromont, Quebec.
“One of our government’s top priorities is helping Canadians pursue healthier lifestyles. We know there are still major barriers to sport today. That is why we are investing in organizations like Cycling Canada, which will help solidify our commitment to building stronger and healthier communities across the country,” says Minister St-Onge. “Together, we will make sport more inclusive, equitable and accessible to everyone in Canada.”
“This direct support from the Government of Canada through the CSAI funding will continue to build on the great work led by our clubs and communities to inspire Canadians to cycle,” said Robyn Skinner, Cycling Canada Director of Community Growth and Engagement. “Most of us can remember the feeling of learning to ride a bicycle and the freedom that followed. This funding will provide opportunities for more equity-deserving groups to discover HopOn and begin their journey on a bicycle.”
Applications are now open for Community Sport for All Initiative (CSAI) funding through Cycling Canada. Eligible cycling clubs must apply by March 1, 2023, to support the implementation and development of HopOn programming.
Questions related to the application can be directed to Jen Milligan, Cycling Canada Community and Grassroots Manager, at email@example.com.