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Athletic Excellence Fund

The Athletic Excellence Fund is a strategic initiative supported by the Provincial Government's recreation and sport strategy, Active Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador. Funded by the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development in conjunction with Sport Newfoundland and Labrador, the Athletic Excellence Fund is designed to recognize athletic excellence of the province's athletes.

The Athletic Excellence Fund encompasses the Premier's Athletic Awards, Elite Athlete Assistance Program, Team Gushue Awards and SportNL Scholarships in one application.

Application process
One application is required

  • Completed and signed applications are to be forwarded to the relevant Provincial Sport Organization on or before January 27.
  • Completed applications with the necessary rankings by the relevant PSO are to be forwarded to SportNL on or before February 17 by the PSO.
  • Applications for coach education and certification are NOT funded through this program.
  • Applicants must be a current member, in good standing with their respective Provincial Sport Organization (PSO).
  • Athletes applying for more than one program should only complete and submit ONE application.
  • Athletes may receive funding from more than one program (Premier's Athletic Awards, Elite Athlete Assistance, Team Gushue Award or the SportNL Athletic Scholarship/ Bursary), however, athletes will only receive a Premier's Athletic Award OR Elite Athlete Assistance, not both.
  • Athletes applying for funding may do so once per calendar year.
  • Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.
  • Applications are available on the SportNL website: http://www.sportnl.ca/funding/

Elite Athlete Assistance

Program Overview

Funded by the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development, the Elite Athlete Assistance (EAA) is a component of the Athletic Assistance Program providing support to high performance athletes from Newfoundland and Labrador that have been selected to a national team meeting all eligibility criteria. Financial support is provided to select athletes to defray the costs incurred through training and competition and must be used for this purpose only.

Athletes must be currently training and competing in the sport indicated and will continue to train upon receipt of their award.

Please note that the EAA is a competitive process and not all applicants will receive funding.

Eligibility

Athletes must meet the following criteria:

  • Athletes who have represented Canada at a World and/or International event in a sport that is funded by Sport Canada.
  • Athletes who have represented Canada in senior international competition including World Championships, Olympic/Paralympic, Commonwealth and PanAm Games in Sports that are funded by Sport Canada.
  • Athletes must be residents of Newfoundland and Labrador and have a permanent fixed address in Newfoundland and Labrador in the funding year. Exceptions to the residency requirements are:
    • He/she cannot receive the required level of training in Newfoundland and Labrador. This could be due to lack of facilities, coaching, competition, Etc.
    • He/she must attend a post secondary institution out-of-province because the course of study is not available in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    • It is more financially feasible to attend a post secondary institution out-of-province.

Application Review

  • Completed applications by athletes are to be forwarded to the relevant PSO on or before January 27.
  • Completed applications with the relevant PSO declaration are to be forwarded to SportNL on or before February 17 by the PSO.
  • Athletes competing as professionals are ineligible.
  • Athletes age 30 and over will only be considered for funding if they retain carding status.
  • Awards are subject to recommendations by budget allocations, quality and number of candidates.
  • Any athletes competing as professionals are ineligible to apply.

Successful Applicants

  • Successful applicants must use funds to offset costs related to training and competition.
  • The athlete must currently be training and competing in the sport indicated and intend to continue competing in their sport upon receipt of an award.
  • Violation of the program's guidelines, terms and conditions may result in forfeiture of the Award.