CEC Community Grant

Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC) and its partners are committed to supporting community-led programs aimed at increasing inclusion and removing barriers to participation at all levels of participation and competition. With the participation of the Government of Canada and Arc’Teryx, the CEC Community Grant Program will support programs focusing on Gender Equity and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Diversity.

2020-2021 Gender Equity Grant Recipients


Up to $12,000 is being made available:

  • $6,000 for Gender Equity Programs, thank to the generous support of Sport Canada
  • $6,000 for BIPOC Inclusion Programs, thank to the generous support of Arc’Teryx


Successful projects must address at least one of the following objectives, which have been identified as motivators or barriers to participation within indoor climbing from the CEC Demographic Survey.

  • Amplifying Social Influences Motivator
  • Creation of Supportive Communities
  • Removing Barriers to Participation, namely:
    • Financial Constraints
    • Health-Related Issues
    • Access to Training and Skill Development Programs
    • Fear of Discrimination and Exclusion
    • Perceived Lack of Skills or Abilities

Projects need to be completed, and/or have a measurable outcome of success that can be reported back to the CEC by March 31, 2022.

Recipients will be requested to provide a detailed report of the outcomes and impacts of their project to the CEC. A template will be provided.

Application Process:

The 2021-2022 Application Form is NOW AVAILABLE!

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm ET on October 29, 2021. Grants will be awarded shortly after.

Who can apply for funding?

Applicants for this grant need to be Canadian businesses or organizations. Not a business? Don’t worry! Individuals, or groups of individuals can still apply! You just need to be affiliated with a local business (e.g. your local climbing gym) in order to apply. Just get a letter of support from the affiliated facility or organization, and you’re set! Projects need to focus on indoor rock climbing. Projects must also be able to be completed safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although not required, projects led by women and/or racialized individuals will get special consideration.

What do I need to report back to the CEC?

All projects should have some way of measuring their success. Whether you have successfully run a workshop, trained new routesetters, or developed a program, you’ll have to report back what you’ve done, how many people have participated and how you’ve spent the budget. You can get your participants to fill out satisfaction surveys to show your impact, or get feedback from the community on what you have done. But be sure to include how you will measure success, and how your project has improved representation in your community. A formal report will be required to be sent to the CEC by March 31, 2021, telling us about your project, how you implemented it, any challenges you faced and how you’ve measured your success.


Joy Aqwa, Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, [email protected]
Please reach out with any questions about the application process, and/or project eligibility, we are here to help!

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