2. Sport Support Program - National Sport Organization (NSO) Component

The National Sport Organization (NSO) component is part of the Sport Support Program (SSP), the Government of Canada’s primary funding vehicle for initiatives associated with the Canadian Sport Policy (CSP).More information about the SSP is available in the Introduction.

2.1 Eligibility

As per the SFAF, the eligibility process for National Sport Organizations determines which NSOs meet the General, National and/or International scope criteria. The NSO Eligibility Criteria document is available on Sport Canada’s website at the following address:

http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/sc/pgm/cfrs/index-eng.cfm

NSOs that meet the requirements will be eligible to continue on to the next step, completion of the SFAF assessment for mainstream and/or athletes with a disability, as applicable.

2.2 Assessment

The SFAF assessment examines the scope and performance of NSO programs across key areas of high performance, sport participation/development and organizational management, by means of several questionnaires. The evaluation of the questionnaires will determine the relative level of funding that may be provided to the NSO.

2.3 Multi-Year Funding

Summer NSOs may only submit a one year application for 2012-2013.Winter NSOs may apply for either one-year funding (2012-2013) or two-year funding (2012-2013 and 2013-2014).

Winter NSOs choosing to apply for two-year funding must be able to submit the required documents covering each year of the application.Sport Canada reserves the right to offer multi-year funding to any NSO based on the following factors:

  • The NSO has been eligible for federal funding via the SFAF for a minimum of one full cycle;
  • The NSO’s budgetary control is adequate and its use of public funds matches the purpose for which they were intended;
  • The NSO has been in a viable financial position over the last four years or has been following a debt repayment plan;
  • Over the last two years, the NSO has provided Sport Canada with the following reports in a timely fashion:
    • Activity reports;
    • Applications;
    • Yearly accounting / financial statements / updated cash flows;
    • Audited financial statements;
  • The NSO demonstrates the ability to successfully carry out planned programs and achieve objectives;
  • The NSO monitors and evaluates the degree of program success;
  • The NSO supplies a timely, satisfactory explanation for any returned funds.

2.4 Expenditures

To be eligible to be claimed against any Sport Canada contribution, expenditures must:

  • be allowable according to these guidelines, other written conditions of the contribution and the general funding policies;
  • be supported by paid, original invoices;
  • be made in the fiscal year(s) covered by the Contribution Agreement;
  • not be, have been, or planned to be reimbursed through an alternate source (e.g.: GST), and
  • any travel, meals and accommodation costs are being claimed, must be in accordance with Treasury Board guidelines as outlined in the Funding Policy and Procedures section of these guidelines.

Capital costs are not allowable expenditures.Capital costs are defined has a tangible asset held for long-term use rather than for sale (e.g. building or land owned by the organization).

All items or equipment purchased must remain the property of the funded recipient; purchased items or equipment must not be personal in nature.

The Department of Canadian Heritage will assume no responsibility for any contractual commitments entered into by the Applicant prior to confirmation of financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage.  

Note: Accounting procedures and documentation requirements are addressed more thoroughly in the Funding Procedures section.

2.5 Contribution Blocks

Funding requests are grouped into contribution blocks to allow for analysis of the distribution of public funds in support of Government of Canada objectives.

Objectives and expected outcomes must be clearly identified in the application and referenced in the NSO’s strategic and operational plans.Expense/revenue details shouldFunding requests are grouped into contribution blocks to allow for analysis of the distribution of public funds in support of Government of Canada objectives.

Objectives and expected outcomes must be clearly identified in the appropriate application documents and should clearly and specifically refer to the appropriate items in the NSO’s strategic and operational plans. Similarly, expense and revenue details should be clearly presented and should refer specifically to the appropriate areas of the NSO’s budget.

Core Contribution funding is provided through the contribution blocks listed below.NSOs that meet the SFAF General and International Scope criteria will be eligible to apply for support in all funding blocks; NSOs meeting only the SFAF General and National Scope criteria will normally be eligible for the Administration and Operations/Programs blocks only.

NSOs are expected to respect their core reference levels when completing the Core Contribution section of the application.

NSOs may include an over-reference request, but are strongly encouraged to discuss such a request with their Sport Canada program officer before completing the application. Such a request would then need to be described in the Notes section of the Application form (project detail tab), with the request amount included in the “Above Reference Request”; column.

Core Contribution Blocks:

  • Administration
  • Coaches’ Salaries and Professional Development
  • National Team Programs
  • Operations/Programming

All NSOs that meet the SFAF criteria will also be eligible to apply for support in the non-core protected funding blocks listed below.

Non-Core Contribution Blocks (Protected), if applicable:

  • International Sport Initiatives (ISI)
  • Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD)
  • Official Languages (OL)
  • Sport Participation Development (SPD) / Sport Participation for Persons With A Disability (PWAD)

Certain NSOs, identified in advance, may also be eligible to apply for support in the restricted funding blocks listed below.

Restricted Non-Core Contribution Blocks (Protected), if applicable:

  • Heritage Sport Fund (HSF)
  • Own the Podium (OTP)
  • Team Sport (TS)

NSOs may manage the redistribution of funds between approved contribution blocks and between specific projects inside each block to best meet their program needs unless a specific amount of funding is earmarked, or specific restrictions on the block exist (i.e.: Administration, Official Languages, Own the Podium, Long-Term Athlete Development, Sport Participation Development, Heritage Sport Fund, Coaches’ Salaries and Professional Development). A written communication between the organization and the Program Officer must exist prior to any transfer.Funds must be used for costs associated with items indicated in Annex E – Eligible Expenditures and Approved Projects, an annex that forms part of the Contribution Agreement.

2.5.1 Funding for NSOs Supporting Athletes with a Disability Programming

NSOs that have a program for athletes with a disability are eligible for support in all of the core and non-core contribution blocks if they have fully implemented programs supporting those athletes.  NSOs that have non-Paralympic programs or a low volume of Paralympic activity may be provided with funding on a project basis. For these NSOs, support for projects will be provided in the following contribution blocks:

  • Coaches’ Salaries and Professional Development;
  • National Team Programs;
  • Operations / Programming; and
  • Sport Participation Development.

NSOs eligible to receive project support only must be able to demonstrate the ongoing provision of high performance services to athletes with a disability or sport participation projects.

Funding for athletes with a disability is protected and may only be redistributed within blocks specifically designated for athletes with a disability in Annex E – Eligible Expenditures and Approved Projects of the Contribution Agreement and according to the specifications listed above.

The lists of allowable expenses/projects contained in these contribution guidelines are intended to guide NSOs in submitting projects that would be considered by Sport Canada in their application for funding.

2.5.2 Core Contribution Blocks

Administration

This block provides support for general administrative costs related to the management of an NSO.

Allowable expenses/projects:
  • general administrative costs;
  • meetings (domestic or international), including travel, meals, accommodation and rental;
  • promotion and communication activities.
Restrictions and conditions:
  • NSOs may allocate up to 25 per cent of the total Sport Support Program – NSO component contribution towards the Administration block.  This applies individually to mainstream and AWAD programs.
  • Any NSO wanting to allocate more than 25 per cent of the total Sport Support Program – NSO contribution towards the Administration block must receive prior written approval to do so from their Program Officer.

Coaching Salaries and Professional Development

This is a restricted block. Funds allocated to this block may not be used for other purposes.

This block provides support towards the costs of employing or contracting coaches for national teams. Professional development plans for these coaches are also applicable under this block. Contributions to this block may be augmented by recommendations from Own the Podium.

Allowable expenses/projects:
  • national coaches who have overall responsibility for athlete/team development at the junior or senior national team levels;
  • assistant coaches who report to a national coach;
  • coaches who are responsible for an event area or sub-discipline of the sport;
  • benefits (social and medical)
  • development, youth, espoir team coaches; and
  • national training centre coaches.
Restrictions and conditions:
  • The Sport Canada contribution for each coaching position is limited to $90,000.
  • Statutory deductions such as Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and provincial medical plans may be claimed within the contribution limit.
  • The employer is responsible for:
    • payments in lieu of vacation leave;
    • overtime payments;
    • costs resulting from an overlap of old and new employees; and
    • severance payments.
Application requirements:
  • The application for the Coaching Salaries block must include an outline of all coaching positions, including those that the NSO intends to support as part of this application. The information requested for each position is the position title, incumbent, employment status, preferred official language, NCCP status and primary athlete level to be coached and whether funding is being requested for this coach as per Coaching report. Sport Canada will share this information with Own the Podium.

Notes:
To be eligible for salary support, coaches must have National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 4 certification or the NCCP Competition – Development Advanced or Competition – High Performance. NSOs may be required to show proof of equivalency. The CAC, in conjunction with the National Coaching Training Institutes, offers the possibility to evaluate the competencies of a coach. It is recommended to use this process for any equivalency.

This requirement applies to head national coaches at all levels and full-time assistant national, junior national, event or discipline and Canadian Sport Centre coaches (including shared support positions).

Exceptions are coaches currently registered in the Level 4 program and coaches in sports where the Level 4 program or the NCCP Competition – Development and Advanced or Competition – High Performance context has not yet been developed. In these cases, the coach must normally have the highest NCCP level offered by the sport and the coach’s training program must be approved in advance by Sport Canada.

Coaches who do not meet the prerequisite criteria may still be nominated for funding by the NSO provided they can demonstrate that they have:

  • Commensurate education (Masters degree in coaching) at a Canadian University
  • Commensurate education at a foreign University or;
  • Commensurate education at a Sport Institute or equivalent or;
  • Demonstrated performances as a coach of an athlete with international success at Senior World Championships, Olympic Games or Paralympic Games;
  • Commensurate combination of education and experience, or:
  • Charter coach of Coaches of Canada.

Sport Canada will review the information submitted and determine if the coach is eligible for Sport Canada funding under the Coaching Salaries and Professional Development Block.

Information to be provided with the application for funding must include:

  • NCCP coaching number
  • Copy of Diploma (English or French)
  • Performance record as a coach
  • Other documentation may be included in order to support the application.

It is the NSO’s, responsibility to demonstrate the eligibility of its coaching staff for Sport Canada funding. Following the evaluation of the submitted documentation, Sport Canada reserves the right to accept or reject the application. NSOs are encouraged to consider shared coaching responsibilities whereby high performance coaches work with both able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability.

Coaches that have been recommended by Own the Podium for 2011-2012 are eligible for a maximum of $120,000 in annual salary support. The coaches must meet the Sport Canada funding criteria listed above and be named on –the Coaching report and on Own the Podium’s schedule A.

National Team Programs

This block provides support for the training and competition needs of:

  • athletes preparing for Olympic/Paralympic Games and/or World Championships; and
  • athletes in the NSO High Performance Stream but not at the senior level.

Contributions to this block may be augmented by recommendations from Own the Podium.

Allowable expenses/projects:
  • training (cost of travel, meals, accommodation, facility rental, entry fees, honoraria for medical, paramedical and other national team support personnel);
  • competitions (cost of travel, meals, accommodation, facility rental, entry fees, honoraria for medical, paramedical and other national team support personnel);
  • national training centres;
  • sport science and medical/paramedical services; and
  • equipment rental/purchase.
Restrictions and conditions:
  • The purchase of national team uniforms and personal equipment is NOT covered.

Operations / Programming

This block provides support for the costs of employing or contracting part-time and full-time technical, management and administrative staff. This block also provides support for the development and training of officials, coaches and sport leaders, for initiatives aimed at developing and implementing quality technical programs for competitors not in the High Performance Excellence stream, for advancing opportunities for hosting national competitions and related regional qualifying competitions and for advancing opportunities for girls and women in sport.

Allowable expenses/projects:
  • salaries, contracts, honoraria;
  • travel related to supported staff positions;
  • statutory deductions such as Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and provincial medical plans;
  • benefits (social and medical)
  • officials’ training and education;
  • coaches’ training and education;
  • volunteer development;
  • staff development;
  • women’s initiatives;
  • athlete development;
  • national competitions; and
  • NCCP content development.
Restrictions and conditions:
  • The Sport Canada contribution towards staff salaries and expenses is limited to $90,000 per eligible full-time position. The contribution limit for part-time positions is prorated against this amount.
  • The employer is responsible for:
    • payments in lieu of vacation leave;
    • overtime payments;
    • costs resulting from an overlap of departing and new employees; and
    • severance payments.
  • The purchase of medals/trophies and banquet costs are NOT covered.
Conflict of Interest:

Recipients will be required to indicate that any former federal public office holder or federal public servant who is employed by the organization funded under these terms and conditions is in compliance with the post-employment provisions of the Government of Canada's Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service or the Conflict of Interest and Post-employment Code for Public Office Holders.

2.5.3 Non-core Contribution Blocks (Protected)

International Sport Initiatives (ISI)

This is a restricted block.  Funds allocated to this block may not be used for other purposes.

This block provides support for international activities that impact the Canadian sport system, in particular the domestic objectives of the Sport Support Program identified in section 1.1.

Eligibility:

International initiatives that contribute to the following related objectives may be eligible for funding:

  1. International exchange of sport knowledge and resources as a means to advance Canadian sport interests, primarily via obligations by virtue of membership in key multilateral bodies.
  2. Support Canadians, particularly women, to attain positions of influence in international sport bodies. 
Allowable expenses:
  • Honoraria or salaries for full-time and/or part-time management and administrative staff;
  • Travel related to supported staff positions;
  • General administrative costs;
  • Promotion and communication;
  • Operational costs (planning, implementation and evaluation).
Restrictions and Conditions:
  • Allowable expenses listed above must be directly related to the activities of the international initiative
  • Not all project applications will be funded. Projects chosen for funding may not be at the maximum eligible amount.
  • Duplication with any other funding is not permitted.
  • Applications will be considered on a yearly basis.

ORGANIZATIONS APPLYING FOR FUNDING OF AN ISI PROJECT MUST COMPLETE THE INFORMATION REQUESTED IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPORT INITIATIVES APPLICATION FORM.

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

This is a restricted block.  Funds allocated to this block may not be used for other purposes.

LTAD Funding is allocated in 2012-2013 to assist with LTAD implementation. 

This block provides support for the development and implementation of Long-Term Athlete Development. 

Allowable expenses/projects:
  • honoraria or salaries for full-time and/or part-time technical, management, administrative staff , writer/coordinator;
  • general administrative costs; and
  • operational costs (planning and implementation).

For the project types described below, a NSO can lead a project or may decide to partner with a MSO or NSO or a group of MSOs/NSOs to deliver a project. In those cases, only the lead SFAF-eligible organization should make an application for LTAD funding under the Sport Support Program. This lead organization will be responsible to manage the project and partnerships through to the final reporting stage.

Four types of projects are eligible for consideration for NSOs as the lead organization. NSO may apply for more than one project area in a given fiscal year.

  1. Special Implementation Projects: Projects to advance LTAD implementation in a sport, to facilitate alignment with LTAD, to develop a population specific LTAD or to undertake a specific initiative identified in a sport’s LTAD: (Funding not to exceed 20K per year for a maximum of 40k over two years)
  2. CS4L Sport Joint Initiatives (Like Sports Projects): projects to advance LTAD/CS4L implementation, centered on a theme which is common to at least 3 identified NSOs. (Funding not to exceed 30K per year for a maximum of 60k over two years)
  3. LTAD Research Projects:  research of monitoring of LTAD implementation. (Preference will be given to projects demonstrating partnership with an educational institution)
  4. Disciplines: development of discipline-specific LTAD models. Disciplines must be distinct with significantly different athlete development pathways, as per the completed LTAD model and be on the Olympic or Paralympic program.  (Funding not to exceed 20K per year for a maximum of 30k per discipline over two years)
Application Requirements:

ORGANIZATIONS APPLYING FOR FUNDING OF A LTAD PROJECT MUST COMPLETE THE INFORMATION REQUESTED IN THE LTAD APPLICATION FORM.

PLEASE NOTE:  IF THE PROJECT WAS PREVIOUSLY FUNDED, THE LTAD REPORTING PORTION OF THE TECHNICAL SPORT LEADERSHIP PLANNING AND REPORTING FORM MUST BE SUBMITTED.

Restrictions and Conditions:
  • Not all project applications will be funded. Projects chosen for funding may not be at the maximum eligible amount.
  • Duplication with any other funding is not permitted.
  • Applications will be considered on a yearly basis.

Official Languages (OL)

This is a restricted block. Funds allocated to this block may not be used for other purposes.

This block provides support to ensure that programs and services are offered in both official languages.

Allowable expenses/projects:
  • translation of written material;
  • interpretive services; and
  • training and education.

NSOs are encouraged to allocate funding to the areas listed below:

  • Translation of written material to be available simultaneously in both official languages to the appropriate target audience:
    • coaching and officiating materials;
    • technical and administrative documentation;
    • national team information;
    • key documents such as rules, regulations, policies and programs, etc;
    • information intended for the website.
  • Interpretiveservices to ensure that events are held in a bilingual format:
    • simultaneous interpretation at conferences, congresses, press conferences, symposia and special events.
  • Trainingand education to improve the NSOs’ capacity to provide services in both official languages and to foster bilingual coaching capacity:
    • for the NSO staff; and
    • for the national team coaching staff.

Own the Podium

This is a restricted block.  Funds allocated to this block may not be used for other purposes.

This block provides supplementary support, based on recommendations made by Own the Podium. Allowable expenses/projects are those within the “National Teams”; block, the “Coaching Salaries and Professional Development”; block and for projects in the “Administration”;, and “Operations / Programming”; blocks that are specific to the delivery of high performance objectives as recommended by Own the Podium and approved by Sport Canada. Requirements and restrictions for those blocks are also applicable to the Own the Podium block.  NSOs must be able to provide detail concerning the allocation of Sport Canada and Own the Podium funding in the areas where Own the Podium funding is being recommended. 

As noted above under “Coaching Salaries and Professional Development,”; coaching and technical leadership staff positions (e.g., High Performance Director positions) that have been recommended by Own the Podium are eligible for a maximum of $120,000 in annual salary support.

Sport participation development program (SPDP/PWAD/HSF)

SPDP/PWAD/HSF are restricted blocks.  Funds allocated to these blocks may not be used for other purposes.

The SPDP block includes Heritage Sport Fund (HSF) and sport participation for Persons with a Disability (PWAD). 

These blocks include projects aimed at increasing participation in sport, recruiting new participants and reducing dropout rates.  Ideally these projects are undertaken in collaboration or partnership with municipalities, educational institutions, provincial/territorial sport organizations, multisport organizations, corporate sponsors and, in particular, PWAD projects are carried out in collaboration with the broader disability community.  Eligible projects may include initiation programs, skill development, promotion of these programs and human resources capacity to support each of these programs.

Sport Canada has specifically identified Children and Youth, Persons with a Disability, Aboriginal People and Women and Girls as target groups that face barriers in increasing sport participation rates.  Organizations are, therefore, encouraged to specifically consider including these groups in their initiatives and in the specific reporting of participation.

Eligibility:
  • SPDP and PWAD are open to NSOs and MSOs that have met the full requirements of SFAF IV.
  • HSF is only available to pre-identified NSOs (Lacrosse, Football, Bowling, Broomball, Wheelchair Rugby and Ringette). 
  • NSOs must demonstrate the linkages of their application to their LTAD model and strategic plan.
  • Projects must be national in scope.
Allowable Expenses/Projects:
  • Honoraria or salaries for full-time and/or part-time technical, management and administrative staff;
  • General administrative costs;
  • Promotion and communication related to the project;
  • Facility rentals and equipment (equipment must remain as an asset of  the National Sport Organization);
  • Operational costs (planning, implementation and evaluation);
  • Leadership development (training of instructors and program leaders – non NCCP programs);
  • National pilot project being conducted at the P/T level.
Application Requirement:

ORGANIZATIONS APPLYING FOR FUNDING UNDER SPDP, PWAD & HSF BLOCKS MUST COMPLETE THE INFORMATION REQUESTED IN SPORT PARTICIPATION DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION FORM.

PLEASE NOTE:  IF THE PROJECT WAS PREVIOUSLY FUNDED, THE QUESTIONS AT THE END OF THE PARTICIPATION PLANNING AND REPORTING FORM MUST BE SUBMITTED.

Restrictions and conditions:
  • Research projects will not be considered for funding support.
  • Generally, NSOs will only receive support for one SPDP project and one PWAD project, at any one time during the funding cycle.
  • Applications will be considered on a yearly basis.
  • The NSO must have the capacity to develop and sustain project.
  • NCCP and official certification are not eligible expenses.
  • Duplication with any other funding is not permitted.

Summer Olympic and Paralympic Team Sport Strategy

This is a restricted block.  Funds allocated to this block may not be used for other purposes.

This block provides supplementary support, based on recommendations made by Own the Podium. Allowable expenses/projects are those within the “National Teams”; block, the “Coaching Salaries and Professional Development” block and for projects in the “Administration”, and “Operations / Programming” blocks that are specific to the delivery of the Summer Olympic Team Sport Strategy as recommended by Own the Podium and approved by Sport Canada. Requirements and restrictions for those blocks are also applicable to the Team Sport Strategy block.

As noted above under “Coaching Salaries and Professional Development,” coaching and technical leadership staff positions (e.g., High Performance Director positions) that have been recommended by Own the Podium are eligible for a maximum of $120,000 in annual salary support. 

2.6 Application Process

Applications must be fully supported by documentation in the financial, operational, technical, and high performance program areas that clearly demonstrates the past year's achievements impacts and future plans for each year of the multi-year commitment. NSOs supporting both able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability should submit an application which is combined, yet fully describes each program.

All forms of the application are to be provided electronically in the original Word or Excel format to your Program Officer. Please note that the General Application Form must be signed by an authorized official, and may be submitted either in original or electronic form.

The charts below list the documents that must be submitted as part of an application. Please consult 2.6.1 for new one-year application; 2.6.2 for new or continuing two-year applications; or 2.6.3 for in-year amendments:

2.6.1 New one-year applications

Application itemComments
Application Form (2 tabs) General Application Tab: The requested amount is linked to the project detail tab. To be signed by an authorized official.
Project detail tab:  Provide a breakdown of the requested support for each activity/initiative in each contribution block while respecting the reference level provided. The list of projects provided in each block should relate directly to operational plans and the proposed budget. Section 2.5 provides details specific to each block.  Organizations eligible for both Able-Bodies and AWAD funding should complete both pages 1 and 2.
International Sport Initiatives (ISI) Application Form Provide ISI application for new projects (if applicable)
LTAD Application Form Provide LTAD application for new or continuing projects (if applicable).
Sport Participation Development Application Form Provide SPD/PWAD/HSF application for new or continuing projects (if applicable).
Coaching Report Provide an outline of all coaching positions for the upcoming year.  Report will also be shared with Own the Podium.
High Performance Planning and Reporting Form To include high level priorities and measurable outcomes for 2012-2013 in High Performance, based on links with related Sport Support Program objectives. The reporting section must include details of the NSO’s achievements against the identified expected outcomes from 2011-2012.
National Standards Report For 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Official Languages Reporting Form For 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Participation Planning and Reporting Form To include high level priorities and measurable outcomes for 2012-2013 in Participation based on links with related Sport Support Program objectives. The reporting section must include details of the NSO’s achievements against the identified expected outcomes from 2011-2012.
Technical Sport Leadership Planning and Reporting Form To include high level priorities and measurable outcomes for 2012-2013 in Technical Sport Leadership based on links with related Sport Support Program objectives. The reporting section must include details of the NSO’s achievements against the identified expected outcomes from 2011-2012. Long-Term Athlete Development section to be completed by all organizations that received LTAD funding in 2011-2012
Most recent Audited Financial Statement, and Management Letter Audited Financial Statement must be signed by two authorized representatives.  NOTE:  Required if not already provided to Sport Canada.
Operational Plan The organization’s planned activities for the current year with links to the strategic plan.
Projected Revenue and Expense Budget Provide all sources of revenue.  Proposed projects should appear as line items to ensure the required level of detail.  When necessary, NSOs will be required to provide clarification to the Sport Canada Officer.
Strategic Plan Must cover the entire duration of the contribution request and must identify objectives and targets linked to the pillars of the Canadian Sport Policy.  The strategic plan needs to be submitted if updated since previous application.

2.6.2 New or continuing two-year applications

Application itemRequired in the first year of an applicationRequired in second year of a multiyear applicationComments
Application Form (2 tabs)
for both  years
  General Application Tab: The requested amount is linked to the project detail tab. To be signed by an authorized official.

for both  years
  Project detail tab: Provide a breakdown of the requested support for each activity/initiative in each contribution block while respecting the reference level provided. The list of projects provided in each block should relate directly to operational plans and the proposed budget. Section 2.5 provides details specific to each block. Organizations eligible for both Able-Bodies and AWAD funding should complete both pages 1 and 2.
International Sport Initiatives (ISI) Application Form
for both years
  Provide ISI application for new projects (if applicable)
LTAD Application Form
for both years
  Provide LTAD application for new or continuing projects (if applicable)
Sport Participation Development Application Form
for both years
  Provide SPD/PWAD/HSF application for new or continuing projects (if applicable)
Coaching Report Provide an outline of all coaching positions for the upcoming year. Report will also be shared with Own the Podium.
High Performance Planning and Reporting Form
for both  years

if updates are required
To include high level priorities and measurable outcomes for 2012-2013 in High Performance based on links with related Sport Support Program objectives. The reporting section must include details of the NSO’s achievements against the identified expected outcomes from 2011-2012.
National Standards Report For 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Official Languages Reporting Form For 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Participation Planning and Reporting Form
for both  years

if updates are required
To include high level priorities and measurable outcomes for 2012-2013 in Participation based on links with related Sport Support Program objectives. The reporting section must include details of the NSO’s achievements against the identified expected outcomes from 2011-2012.
Technical Sport Leadership Planning and Reporting Form
for both years

if updates are required
To include high level priorities and measurable outcomes for 2012-2013 in Technical Sport Leadership based on links with related Sport Support Program objectives. The reporting section must include details of the NSO’s achievements against the identified expected outcomes from 2011-2012. Long-Term Athlete Development section to be completed by all organizations that received LTAD funding in 2011-2012
Most recent Audited Financial Statement, and Management Letter
for both years
Audited Financial Statement must be signed by two authorized representatives. NOTE: Required if not already provided to Sport Canada.
Operational Plan The organization’s planned activities for the current year with links to the strategic plan.
Projected Revenue and Expense Budget
for both years

updated
Provide all sources of revenue. Proposed projects should appear as line items to ensure the required level of detail. When necessary, NSOs will be required to provide clarification to the Sport Canada Officer.
Strategic Plan   Must cover the entire duration of the contribution request and must identify objectives and targets linked to the pillars of the Canadian Sport Policy. The strategic plan needs to be submitted if updated since previous application.

2.6.3 In-year amendments

Amendment General Application Form)

Amount requested must be clearly identified in the application tab.  Elements required in the project detail tab will be communicated by the Program Officer.  To be signed by an authorized official.

Updated Projected Revenue and Expense Budget

To include additional amount requested.

Project description

Description of what the amendment funding is for.

Expected outcomes

Identification of the expected outcomes of the additional funding being requested.

2.7 Reporting

Financial Reporting

Organizations must provide a current cash flow and a copy of their audited financial statement for the previous fiscal year.

A cash flow is defined as a statement of revenue and expense for a specific period of time in which Sport Canada's funding blocks are either clearly outlined or noted by the client. Particular attention should be paid to the protected blocks.

The audited financial statements shall be signed by two authorized representatives of the NSO and include the auditor's management letter. Where circumstances warrant, an organization will be asked to provide an action plan to address any concerns outlined in their auditor’s management letter.

In the event that the NSO forecasts to incur fewer expenses than anticipated during the federal government’s fiscal year, the NSO shall inform their Program Officer in writing, as soon as possible, but no later than 60 days prior to the end of the federal government’s fiscal year.

Please refer to the Funding Policies and Procedures section for more information.

2.8 Accountability

Organizations will have activity and financial accountability requirements outlined in the Contribution Agreement.

The Accountability Framework is the means by which the Government of Canada ensures the achievement of key goals.  All nationally funded organizations are required to incorporate the Accountability policy areas within their strategic plans (including expected outcomes).

2.9 Application Due Dates

Summer NSO
Applications are due at Sport Canada on February 21, 2012.

Winter NSO
A letter of intent to apply with the amount being requested is due February 21, 2012.
Complete application is due May 14, 2012

Organizations submitting applications after the date noted above may experience a delay in receiving an initial payment and a potential reduction in funding.

NSOs requiring more information on the Sport Support Program should contact their
Sport Canada Program Officer or:
Sport.Canada@pch.gc.ca
Toll-Free number: (866) 811-0055
TTY: (888) 997-3123

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