Advance Sports Improvement Grants

Advance Sports is a unique grant program by Spokane Sports Commission designed to advance the economic and community development benefits associated with sports events, athletic performance, and sport-related activities in the Spokane region. Grants are designed to help overcome deficiencies and mitigate weaknesses in sport facilities or a sport organization’s ability to operate and manage events that match the mission of the Sports Commission. Financial grants are awarded from one of the following categories:

  • Athletic Facilities Development Grants support expenses to develop, equip, maintain, design, or improve essential community-based  “tournament quality” sport facilities in the greater Spokane community. Applicants must either own or have a long-term lease/use agreement. Facilities must be publically accessible and consistent in design and operation to support competitions that advance sports-related tourism.
  • Athletic Program Equipment/Program Development Grants support the purchase, replacement, or maintenance of sports-related equipment vital to the operation and management of competitive events. The application must meet the economic development mission of the Spokane Sports Commission to attract or expand events that drive sports-related tourism. Special cases of sports program and club development may also be considered.


Download the grant application. Along with application, your club will be expected to provided supporting documentation such as:

  • Proposed Estimate/Price Quote
  • Equipment Specifications
  • Business or Strategic Plan
  • Annual Report/Year-end Financial Report
  • Proposed Event Budget

Selection Process

Each year, the Spokane Sports Commission raises a limited amount of dollars and establishes a budget to assist local clubs sports organizations. Grant applications are reviewed by the Advance Sports Committee, with a recommendation to the Sports Commission’s Board of Directors for approval. It is at the discretion of the committee on how much to award each applicant. At the time of application, we will inform you of the date of the next review committee meeting. It may be necessary for you to make a formal presentation to the Committee. If your application is not chosen, it may be included in future committee allocation sessions.

The Sports Commission staff is available to assist you in this application process and help articulate an understanding of our goals.

Advance Sports Improvement Grant is a committee of the Spokane Sports Commission; a 501c3 nonprofit organization. This program is dependent on public and private donations and from generous individuals.

"After receiving a grant from Spokane Sports Commission for millisecond-accurate timing with the Tag Heuer CP 545 system, along with the Alge start clock, we now have the best timing setup in the northwest for USSA sanctioned nordic skiing. This not only gives us an advantage in being selected for the current races series, but expands our opportunities for additional races as our infrastructure expands."


Todd Dunfield, President

Spokane Nordic Ski Association


Thank you to our community partners.

About Spokane Sports Commission

Sports don't just entertain. They improve communities. They drive economies. And no other organization brings sports events to the Inland Northwest like the Spokane Sports Commission. We are a nonprofit coalition of regional government; business and volunteers committed to recruiting and developing sports events. With these events come tourism dollars, entertainment and media attention attracting sports fans from around the world. Business wins. Kids win. Fans win, our region wins.

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