Inevitably, the questions of how to fund your outdoor gym project will arise. While FitPark gyms are set up and priced to meet all budgets, getting the necessary funds in place can still appear to be a bit of a challenge. The best place to start for your funding needs is to contact your local Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs to donate the outdoor fitness equipment “in kind” to your local park or school.
Local Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions and other such clubs and organizations have helped a number of communities by providing them with funding and manpower to install their outdoor gym to save on cost. Typically cities, municipalities, towns and regional districts can provide the park land and local clubs can help provide the funding to purchase the equipment.
Corporate sponsors and donors are another great way to help secure funding for an outdoor gym equipment purchase for your community. Businesses who sponsor a FitPark can have their name placed on a sign board thanking them as a sponsor/donor along with mention in the local newspaper and social media feeds.
Contact any of the major telephone communication companies, big banks and credit unions, insurance companies, sporting goods manufacturers, hardware stores or major fast food restaurant chains and ask them to get on board to help make you the most active community in Canada.
Some organizations have also had success raising funds through crowdsourcing websites such as Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/).
FitPark is happy to work with you through the fundraising process so don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can help. Also, check out the following links to potential funding and grant opportunities:
The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) is a non-profit member-based organization whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate parks and recreation opportunities throughout the Province of Saskatchewan. They are an invaluable resource and we would highly recommend contacting them as well as consulting their publication Grants and Funding Opportunities Guide for a comprehensive overview of available funding http://spra.blob.core.windows.net/docs/2016-Grant-Manual-Complete.pdf.
A small sample of the available funding consists of the following:
FCC AgriSpirit Fund supports capital projects in rural communities. Successful projects in the past have included hospitals and medical centres, childcare facilities, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, recreation centres and community gardens.
The Community Initiatives Fund Community Grant Program is for non-profit organizations, Municipal Governments and Aboriginal governing bodies to develop cultural, sports and recreational opportunities for children, youth and families.
The Conexus Community Investment Program provides broad support to member communities with an aim to make a measurable impact on the quality of life in our member communities.
Co-op Community Spaces Grant has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. In keeping with our ongoing commitment to invest in the communities we serve, Co-op will contribute up to $1 million annually to help support projects that improve the places Canadians meet, play, learn and share.
Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program assists Aboriginal governing bodies, Municipal Governments and registered non-profit organizations to provide sport, culture and recreation programs.
Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association First Nation Member’s Recreation Grant is a SPRA directed funding program for First Nation members to develop recreation opportunities in the First Nation Communities within Saskatchewan.
Affinity Credit Union seeks to enhance financial and social wellbeing through investing in initiatives that increase and promote environmental sustainability, facilitate sustainable community economic development and build community assets, facilities and infrastructure.
ARC Resources Ltd. contributes to the well-being of the communities we operate in through support of health and wellness programs, arts and culture and education programs.
Areva Resources offers donations and sponsorship to programs that align with the priorities of education and literacy, children and youth development, community well-being and enhancement, arts and culture, environment protection, health improvement and mining industry-related endeavours.
Association of Saskatchewan Realtors Quality of Life Legacy Fund supports charitable organizations with initiatives that enhance environmental sustainability, protection and conservation of natural areas, promote safer neighborhoods, improved community services and enhance community development. www.saskatchewanrealestate.com/quality-of-life/legacy/
Baytex Energy Corp believes in enhancing the communities where employees live and work, supporting causes and institutions through financial and volunteer efforts. Baytex strongly believes that we have a responsibility to the communities in which we live and operate and supports a variety of organizations and events. www.baytex.ab.ca/corporate/community-policy.cfm
Cameco gives priority to initiatives that promote youth activities in the following areas: education, health and wellness and sports and recreation. www.cameco.com/northernsk/in_the_community/community_investment
The Government of Manitoba’s website provides great information as to available funding. Check out http://www.gov.mb.ca/cyo/recreation/funding.html for how to access available funds and grants for your project.
Neighbourhoods Alive provides support to community organizations for neighbourhood revitalization including the Community Initiatives program
Aboriginal and Northern Affairs supports and facilitates the development of policies and programs that promote improved health outcomes for northern and Aboriginal communities including community recreation and wellness programming.
Community Places provides funding and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations for facility construction, upgrading, expansion or acquisition. Eligible projects are those which provide sustainable recreation and wellness benefits to communities.
Sport Manitoba offers a wide range of developmental grants that facilitate the growth of athletes, coaches and officials at the community level
Community Services Council allocates funds and/or bingo events to non profit, volunteer community service, social service, recreation, and health-related organizations in Manitoba.
Regional Health Authorities may have special funds to support healthy living initiatives including physical activity, healthy eating, smoking reduction and injury prevention. Contact your local RHA for more details.
The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to building healthier and happier communities and citizens by developing and promoting recreation and parks. The ARPA website is a valuable resources for the various private and governmental grants and funding opportunities available in Alberta. Visit their website (http://arpaonline.ca/resources/grant-programs/) for more information on the various programs available. Some of the available funding options are as follows:
Participaction Teen Challenge, sponsored by Coca-Cola Canada, works to get teens moving across the country by breaking down the barriers that prevent teens from getting active. Grants of up to $500 can go towards anything that will help get teens moving.
Community Facility Enhancement Programs (CFEP) provides financial assistance for the expansion and upgrading of Alberta’s extensive network of community-use facilities. The program provides matching grants to Indian Bands, Metis Settlements, and registered community non-profit groups to build, purchase, repair, renovate, or otherwise improve related family and community wellness facilities.
Community Initiatives Program (CIP) supports project-based initiatives in areas such as community services, seniors’ services, libraries, arts and culture, sports, education, and health and recreation. The maximum grant is $75,000 per project per year and applications can be submitted at any time. CIP funding is approved on a matching grant basis. The matching requirement may be met in the form of any contribution of money, volunteer labour, services, or donated materials or equipment for the project.
Agricultural Initiatives Program funds activities that encourage improvements in agriculture, the quality of life in agricultural communities, and rural development.
The FCC AgriSpirit Fund supports the enhancement of rural communities. If your organization is raising money for a capital project and your city or town has less than 150,000 people, it may qualify for a donation of between $5,000 and $25,000 to supplement your other fundraising efforts.
Community Recreation Program This program invests in government capital projects that make communities healthier and more active places to live. www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/infra/infrastructure_grants/community_recreation_program.htm
Towns for Tomorrow This grant provides funding for infrastructure projects that contribute to the overall health, sustainability and livability of communities. Recreation and tourism projects are eligible. http://www.townsfortomorrow.gov.bc.ca/program_description.html
TELUS This fund supports projects which focus on the health and well- being of youth.
FCC AGRISPIRIT FUND The FCC AgriSpirit Fund supports capital projects in rural communities where the population is less than 150,000 people.
INVESTORS GROUP This fund supports programs that benefit local communities directly.
THE COCA-COLA FOUNDATION This fund supports initiatives that promote active healthy living, especially for children.
FINNING (CANADA) This fund supports projects which contribute to the economic health, well-being and enjoyment of the community at large. https://www.finning.ca/about/corporate_overview/community_investment/
WESTJET The program supports an in-kind gift-of-flight donation to be used for fundraising purposes such as raffles. https://www.westjet.com/guest/en/about/community-investment/
AIR CANADA FOUNDATION The foundation supports charitable organizations that help children and youth as well as sports activities. They will donate airline tickets to be used for raffles. http://www.aircanada.com/en/about/community/
TIM HORTON CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION Support is for events such as community festivals or partnering with projects that benefit the community as a whole.