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ParticipACTION Teen Challenge
What is ParticipACTION Teen Challenge?
ParticipACTION Teen Challenge is a national physical activity program created to get inactive youth moving. Registered Community Organizations (COs) are eligible to apply for up to $250 to support a one-time event and up to $500 to support an ongoing program (4 weeks or longer for a minimum of 30 minutes per week) where youth are engaged in physical activity. Funds can be used to support facility use, transportation costs, coaching or equipment.
To learn more about Teen Challenge and how to become involved, read the one-pager here or contact the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge BC Provincial Coordinator at teenchallenge(at)bcrpa.bc.ca or at 604-629-0965 ext. 258.
To submit a grant application, visit www.participaction.com/teen-challenge/.
Community organizations are eligible to apply for one of each grant category below, per grant round.
The program must be a physical activity program for teens (ages 13-19 years).
- One-time event, or a program that occurs for less than 4 weeks, is eligible to receive up to $250. This includes weekend programs and one-day events.
- On-going program that occurs for at least 30 minutes per week for 4 weeks, is eligible to receive up to $500. It does not have to occur for 4 consecutive weeks.
The FINAL grant deadline is Wednesday, February 17, 2017. We will not be accepting grant applications past this date.
2016-2017 grant deadlines are:
- Wednesday, May 4, 2016
- Wednesday, September 14, 2016
- Wednesday, November 2, 2016
- Wednesday, February 17, 2017
To apply for a grant, please visit: www.participaction.com/teen-challenge/
► Please review the Grant Funding Criteria and Excluded Items and Programs to ensure your program meets the eligibility requirements.
Any organization with an outstanding Success Story WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE to receive another grant. Success Stories are due within one month of the end of your program or event.
All factors listed below will be taken into consideration when reviewing grant applications.
- Priority will be given to programs that reach teen who are inactive, are from diverse cultural backgrounds, have disabilities, are Aboriginal or who are economically or socially disadvantaged.
- The program/event enables the maximum number of teens to participate.
- The program/event demonstrates financial need and articulates how the funding will impact teens in relation to physical activity that otherwise would not be possible.
- There is teen input into the proposed program / event activities.
- Demonstrate engagement of less active teens.
- Show involvement in physical activity at least 30 minutes once a week for a minimum of 4 weeks for on-going programs.
- Grant applications for one-time events must demonstrate how it will raise awareness or provide education of the importance of physical activity, provide leadership training to teens in the area of physical activity or offer physical activity participation opportunities for teens.
- The Community Organization will demonstrate their in-kind contribution to the program.
- The potential of the grant to have an impact on the teens and or community beyond the term of the program should be articulated (e.g. equipment that will remain with the organization for other groups to use; the capacity created by teen leadership training to support physical activity in future programs; equipment that stays with teens or skills that teens build during the program that will help them live a more active life longer term).
- Funding for nutrition is dependent on availability of funds.
Priority will be given to programs that:
- Reach teens who are inactive, are from diverse cultural backgrounds, have disabilities, are Aboriginal or who are economically or socially disadvantaged.
- Include teen engagement and leadership in the program development and delivery.
- Enables the maximum number of teens to participate.
- Demonstrate financial need and articulates how the funding will impact teens in relation to physical activity that otherwise would not be possible.
- Demonstrate engagement of less active teens.
- Demonstrate a longer-term impact beyond the term of the program/event (e.g. equipment will remain with the organization for other groups to use; teen leadership training will support physical activity in future programs in the community; equipment stays with teens or the program builds skills & knowledge of teens to help them live a more active life, longer term).
The following items & programs do not qualify for ParticipACTION Teen Challenge funding:
- Tournaments and championships
- Prizes and incentives - however, we have a limited number of prizes available upon request. If you are looking for prizes for participants, please include it in your event description.
- Office supplies
- Operational costs including utilities, maintenance and insurance costs
- Personal use items, unless the item is essential for the participation in sport.
For example, we do not fund Team Jerseys, but we do fund running shoes. The absence of a Team Jersey does not exclude someone from participating in sport - however, the absence of running shoes will prevent a youth from participating in physical activity.
Programs with an end date PRIOR to the current grant deadline are NOT eligible to receive funds.
- e.g. If the current grant application deadline is January 31, and you are applying for a program that occurs from Jan 3 - Jan 28 (ends on or before Jan 31), this program does not qualify for funding.
Programs that start BEFORE the current grant deadline may NOT be eligible to receive the full grant amount requested.
- e.g. if the current grant application deadline is January 31 and you are applying for a program that starts January 3 and ends February 28 you will only be eligible to receive funding for the portion of the program that occurs after the deadline of January 31.
** The Community Organization has to confirm at the end of their grant application that they will complete a Success Story following the completion of the physical activity program/event
Below, you will find resources that are available for you to download and view.
Helpful guides are now available to answer some of your common questions:
- Did you forget your password? (PDF)
- How to submit a Success Story (PDF)
- Tips For Creating Programs/Events and Securing Funding (PDF)
- Please also refer to Grant Funding Criteria above to ensure your funding application meets the requirements
Web-button are available for you to post on your organization's website. Link the button back to www.participaction.com/Teen-Challenge and you'll be helping others know about the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge grants available, to help get even more Canadians off the couch.
The jpegs can be downloaded here:
For more information on ParticpACTION Teen Challenge, contact the Participaction Teen Challenge BC Provincial Coordinator at teenchallenge(at)bcrpa.bc.ca or at 604-629-0965 ext. 258.