Approximately every 4 years, the Universiade ’83 Foundation Grant provides one time funding to Edmonton-based not-for-profit organizations or public institutions for a project or program that promotes sport or the arts in Edmonton.

Available funds are generated from a trust account established following Edmonton’s hosting of the 1983 World University Games (Universiade).

The deadline has passed for this grant.

Thank you to all who applied, you will hear from us once evaluations are complete.

Eligibility and Priorities

Grant Priorities
Priority Will Be Given to Projects That:
  • Promote awareness of and/or involvement in sport or the arts in Edmonton
  • Enhance an existing art or sport program
  • Develop leadership in the area of sport or the arts
  • Promote partnerships and/or collaborations
  • Provide training for coaches, instructors, artists or performers
  • Create a long term benefit to the creative or financial growth of an organization or institution
Applicant Must:
  • Be a public institution or a not-for-profit organization registered for at least 1 year
  • Have a primary mandate of sport or the arts
  • Have no outstanding reports or debts owed to the City of Edmonton
Ineligible Expenses
Ineligible Expenses:
  • Facility construction or maintenance
  • Administration expenses not associated with the project/program
  • Travel fares or allowances
  • Costs of projects started before grant is awarded


  • Funding is on a one-time basis.
  • Projects already receiving City funding are not eligible.
  • Total budget available in 2023 is approximately $60,000.
  • Grants are based on 50% of eligible program expenses to a maximum grant of $5,000 (Applicants must be able to match the grant amount requested with either in-kind or financial contribution. The value of the in-kind contribution is $20.00/hour for general volunteer support and $40.00/hour for professional/specialized).
  • Successful applicants will be awarded grants in June 2023.
  • Projects must be completed within one-year of receiving the grant.
  • A final report is required for projects that receive funding within sixty days of project completion.

The review of the applications will be done by staff from the Edmonton Sport Council, Edmonton Arts Council, and a City of Edmonton Community Grant Coordinator. Grant recommendations will be made to the Community Services Advisory Board who will then make recommendations to the Director of Community Resources.

The following criteria will be considered in the review and assessment of applications:

  • Grant priorities
  • Project scope (how many people will benefit)
  • Overall merit (benefits and positive impacts for Edmontonians)
  • Ability of the organization to deliver the project or program