Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities — Sport Support Program
The Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities (SSDIC) component of the Sport Support Program funds eligible organizations to deliver sport for social development projects in Indigenous communities in Canada.
The SSDIC component offers a flexible program that can be tailored to address the self-identified social objectives of individual Indigenous communities.
Funding is delivered through three streams to expand sport programming in Indigenous communities across Canada:
- Stream One: $5.3 million is available annually to the 13 Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies (PTASBs) and the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) for the development of sport community projects.
- Stream Two: $3.6 million is available annually to Indigenous governments, communities and organizations, including delivery organizations working in collaboration with Indigenous communities, for projects that promote sport in Indigenous communities.
- Stream Three: $2.5 million is available annually* to ensure that Indigenous women and girls have access to meaningful sports activities through the SSDIC program component.
*Note: For activities proposed and delivered in the 2022 to 2023 fiscal year, an interim process will be used where the Stream Three funding will be made available exclusively to the existing Stream One funded Provincial-Territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies (PTASBs).
Sport for social development
Sport for social development is defined as the use of sport for social development for the purpose of achieving targeted social outcomes. The SSDIC component is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, which identified 4 key social development needs of Indigenous communities.
Those needs form the specific targeted social outcomes of the SSDIC component:
- improved health, education, and employability; and
- the reduction of at-risk behaviour.
This stream is reserved for PTASBs, as well as for the ASC to provide leadership and support to the PTASBs for their delivery of the Initiative.
Read more about who can apply for funding under Stream One of the SSDIC component.
This stream is open to Indigenous governments, Indigenous communities and other not-for-profit Indigenous and non‑Indigenous delivery organizations collaborating with an Indigenous organization(s).
Read more about who can apply for funding under Stream Two of the SSDIC component.
Deadline passed and submission suspension
Please note that the deadline to apply for the 2021 to 2023 intake for Stream Two of the SSDIC has passed and the intake is now closed. Due to this, as well as the significant degree of oversubscription for Stream Two of the SSDIC program component for both the 2021 to 2022 and 2022 to 2023 fiscal years, please be advised that the call for any further Stream Two SSDIC applications for the 2022 to 2023 fiscal year is suspended. Should this situation change, we will post any such update here. The next call for applications for Streams One and Two and Three of the SSDIC is anticipated for the summer of 2022 for the 2023 to 2025 fiscal years. Stream One applicants, as targeted recipients of the SSDIC funding, will be addressed and communicated with separately by Canadian Heritage (Sport Canada).
Uniquely for the 2022 to 2023 fiscal year, this stream is available to the PTASBs via an interim process. Read more about who can apply for the interim process funding under Stream Three of the SSDIC component.
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