Podium Club

Apply for 2023/2024 Podium Club Funding

Podium Club

Podium Club is an innovative program designed to support the development of wheelchair rugby clubs across Canada. It uses a multi-tiered approach, historically Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels of support that are geared towards the elements we’ve identified in our Long-Term Athlete Development Model.

Long Term Development Model Wheelchair Rugby

2023 / 24 Podium Club Application Information 

The 2023/24 Podium Club is evolving to a measurable project-based application that aligns systemically and addresses the varying needs of each club and province. Successful applications will demonstrate club and PSO alignment and provide evidence that their programs are achieving this to receive our financial support.   

Successful applicants may now receive up to $3000 to allocate toward projects that support their priorities in one of three areas, as outlined in the matrix below.  Applicants may only apply under one pillar.  

The matrix below can be used as a guide in determining club priorities. 

Deadline to submit: Friday, August 25, 2023. 


Podium Club Priority Matrix


Canadian Competition Support

Club Growth & Recruitment

Officials and Classifiers



IST Support



Safe Sport Initiatives


Have a Go Days





Deadline has passed for 2023-2024 applications.



This year successful applications will demonstrate club and PSO alignment and provide evidence that their programs are achieving this to receive our financial support.. If you have any questions regarding your podium club application please contact the Domestic Development Manager, Adam Frost (adam@wheelchairrugby.ca). We look forward to receiving your applications later this summer, good luck.


Important Dates:

August 1, 2023 – Applications Open

August 25, 2023 – Submission Deadline

September 1, 2023 –  Application Status Returned

March 15, 2024 – Podium Club Report Deadline



Total Funding Awarded: $50,000 CAD (15 grants)
Competition Travel: 19%
Competition Hosting: 25%
Athlete Recruitment: 7%
Daily Training Environment: 40%
Official & Classifer Development: 9%

Total Clubs Funded: 10
Total Provinces Funded: 5

  • Is there a plan to increase participation? 
  • Does your application identify programming gaps and does it have a plan to address them. 
  • Have you demonstrated that your club/PSO is aligning with other provincial wheelchair rugby programs. 
  • Is your project appropriate for the level of athletes in your programs? 
  • Is your budget reasonable for the project you are applying for. 

There is less available granting money, and the committee has decided to prioritize programs. 

This has not been determined by the committee yet however the minimum amount awarded last year was $2000. 

While club development is still the priority of the Podium Club grants there needs to be national, provincial and local alignment to ensure the success of our sport programs.  

To receive the 2023/24 grant your project needs to align with what you described in your applicationUpdates with the Domestic Development Manager are intended to help with alignment.