Apply for a high performance athlete assistance grant

  1. Who can apply?
  2. Funding
  3. Athlete eligibility
  4. How to apply
  5. Funding decision
  6. Funding accountability

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  1. Who can apply?

    A high-performance level athlete may apply. They must have results that show if they were living and competing in a province, they would be on that provincial team.

    Senior and masters athletes are not eligible.


    The Government of Yukon, in partnership with the Yukon Lottery Commission and Sport Canada, is proud to support the sport & recreation community with 1.1 million in funding for the 2019/20 fiscal year.

    This annual funding supports the operation of sport governing bodies, special recreation groups and individual athletes and coaches who have shown a high degree of performance in their sport.

  2. Funding

    How much funding is provided?


    An athlete may be eligible for up to $7,000 in funding per year.

    What can the funding be used for?

    The funding can help offset training and competition expenses.

    We may consider basic cost-of-living expenses if an athlete had to move outside of yukon to:

    • train; and
    • compete.

    How is the funding allocated?

    Funding is dependent on:

    • the amount of funds available; and
    • the number of applications received.

    You must reapply every year.

    Can the funding decision be appealed?

    No, the funding decisions are final.

  3. Athlete eligibility
    • A Canadian citizen.
    • A permanent resident of Canada.
    • A person whose family is in Canada on a work visa, for at least 12 months prior to deadline of submission.
    • Be a resident of Yukon 6 months prior to the deadline for submission.
    • If attending an educational institution outside of Yukon, the applicant must have Yukon resident status.
    • Athletes must apply on an individual basis.
    • Individual players from team sports.
    • Be a member in good standing of a recognized Yukon Sport Governing Body (YSGB), if one exists.
    • Adhere to all major games, YSGB and National Sport Organizations competition codes of conduct.
    • Have been eligible to compete as a Yukon athlete in the previous competitive season.
    • Be eligible to compete for and represent Yukon in inter-provincial competitions.
    • Must compete for Yukon, if their program allows, at the Western Canada Games and Canada Games
    • Be on a formal 12-month training and competition program agreed to and monitored by the YSGB, coaches, and athlete.
    • Have shown potential for:
      • a national ranking; and/or
      • achieved national ranking; or
      • placement in recognized territorial, provincial, national, international competitions.
    • Be willing and voluntarily submit to prescribed testing for banned or illegal substances when requested by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, SARB, YSGB, NSO, or competition organizers.
    • Be willing, upon reasonable request, to share their knowledge and experience with other developing athletes by participating in at least one opportunity of giving back.

    Athletes considering a path to the National Collegiate Athletic Association must be aware of the requirements to declare such funding.

  4. How to apply
    1. Download and complete the application
    2. Submit your application.
      in person: 4061 4th Avenue in Whitehorse.
      Our office is open Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Email: signed and scanned documents can be emailed to
      Government of Yukon
      Sport and Recreation Branch(C-10)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon
      Y1A 2C6


  5. Funding decision

    Applicants are notified of the results approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the funding deadline. Adjudication meetings are typically held the end of May.


  6. Funding accountability

    Athletes receiving high-performance funding must complete the post- season report.