Major Cultural and Sport Events

The Major Cultural and Sport Events funding stream (MCSE) builds on Alberta’s reputation as an attractive destination and proven capacity for hosting a range of national and international calibre cultural and sport events.

The purpose of the program is to streamline processes and maximize limited funding for organizations applying through multiple sources within Alberta Culture and Tourism.

Major Cultural and Sport Event grant stream will consider the following type of events:

  • Sport - The focus is on national or international amateur sport events recognized by national sport organizations or international federations. This could include national and world championships and world cup events.
  • Cultural - The focus is on national or international cultural events that are recognized by the respective governing body.

Program Overview

Program Overview Major Cultural & Sport Events
Stream Priority Supports major sanctioned national and international events
Funding Range Maximum $250,000 can be requested through CIP MCSE stream Additional funding may be requested
Application Package Contact Community Liaison Officer in your area, prior to applying.
CIP MCSE Guidelines
CIP MCSE Application Form
Project Budget Template
Application Deadlines
April 1 and October 1
Notification Timelines June 30 and December 31
Grant Agreement Formal grant agreement upon approval
Project Completion and Financial Reporting Timeframe 18 months from date of the grant agreement

Organizations requesting funding from Major Cultural and Sport Events as well as from other sources within Alberta Culture and Tourism - Alberta Sport Connection, Alberta Tourism and Alberta Foundation for the Arts - should submit a single application with the total requested amount. Submissions will be reviewed and considered collaboratively within the ministry and successful applicants will receive a single grant cheque.

An organization may only submit one application for a non-capital project per year through CIP. Organizations should apply under the specific program stream that is best suited for their project.

CIP MCSE - Frequently Asked Questions

Please see Major Cultural & Sport Events Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Eligible Organizations

Organizations and community non-profit organizations that are registered (and in good standing) under one of the Acts as outlined in the CIP MCSE Guidelines.

MCSE email address:

  • Completed Applications
  • Mandatory attachments and supporting documents
  • Completed Budget (Section F)

MCSE Contact:
Main line: 780-422-9598
Toll-free (AB): 310-0000

Last reviewed/revised: November 30, 2017
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