Community/Program Grant Opportunities


Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund

The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) is a grant program that supports a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active in community sport, recreation and physical activity. The fund:

  • increases opportunities for physical activity in sport and recreation by developing new programs or increasing access to existing programs to encourage individuals to become more active and keep those who are, engaged throughout their lives
  • To embed physical literacy as a foundation for lifelong physical activity among individuals enabling them to make healthier activity choices
  • strengthens the community sport and recreation sector by providing training in areas such as coaching, youth development, and volunteer development to provide enhanced service and quality programming.

Through the support of projects that deliver high-quality programs and policies, the OSRCF provides Ontarians with more opportunities to become physically active, including groups who experience barriers to participating and those who are traditionally less active.

The program supports projects of one or two years in length, at both the Local/Regional and Provincial levels.

Click below to see 2016-17 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund recipients.

2017 Application period is now closed.

Application details including eligibility criteria, and application process can be found here.


Celebrate Ontario

Celebrate Ontario is an annual program that helps new and existing Ontario festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services to grow Ontario’s tourism market. The program also supports bid and event hosting costs of major one-time events, and organizations that deliver major sport events.

RBC Learn to Play Grants

The RBC Learn to Play Project will provide grants to local organizations and communities in support of building the physical literacy of Canada’s kids and youth.

RBC Learn to Play Community Grants and RBC Learn to Skate Program ($1,000 to $10,000) will be awarded to local organizations that teach new skills or sports to kids, and/or expose them to a multiple sports or multiple skills such as swimming or skating lessons. Programs eligible for funding include those that:

  1. Provide instruction/learning of a new skill or sport that the child/youth would otherwise not have an opportunity to experience; and/or
  2. Emphasize and expose children/youth to a multi-sport or multi-skill participation experience; and/or
  3. Implement a new approach/delivery to sport and physical activity through the creation of programs recommended by Canadian Sport for Life.
  1. RBC Learn to Play Leadership Grants ($10,001 to $25,000):will be awarded to community groups that are developing or implementing action plans to transform the way sport and physical activities are planned and delivered, such as programs that makes sports available for new immigrant youth.

Communities are defined as municipalities and/or a group of organizations that come together for a common purpose and share mutual objectives. Proposals that facilitate collaboration between sport, education, recreation and health sectors and align programming within the community are encouraged.

ParticipACTION Teen Challenge Grants

Need seed money to get a teen physical activity program up and running?

Great ideas sometimes need a kick-start to get set in motion. That’s why we provide Teen Physical Activity Grants to help turn a bright idea for a teen physical activity program into a reality. Grants of up to $500 can go towards anything that will help teens get moving; equipment, space rentals, transportation, or instruction. If it helps bring a teen physical activity program to life, the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge can support the program by making funds available.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Jumpstart knows that physical activity isn’t just about soccer fields, ice rinks, karate mats and baseball diamonds. Physical activity is the key to what we fund. The list is long (more than 70 activities!) and every kid can find something they would like to do for the love of play. A variety of sports, dancing, swimming, martial arts and community programs are on the list. Even Girl Guides and YMCA memberships can be funded by Jumpstart.

Just to name a few:

  • Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Karate
  • Skating
  • Ballet
  • Gymnastics

To see a list of the types of sports/activities covered today, click here. If you are thinking of applying for a sport/activity for your child that is not listed here, you will be prompted during the application process to contact your local Community Partner to determine if Jumpstart funding can be used.

Only one sport or activity is covered for each application. Children can be funded for successive seasons in an activity up to a maximum of $300 per activity; subject to Chapter discretion and/or local demands. The annual maximum is $600; again, subject to Chapter discretion and/or local demands.

Vital Youth – Toronto

Vital Youth grant recipients increase access to high-quality recreation activities for youth. This grant stream supports programming that helps youth build useful skills and connect to their communities through grants of up to $15,000.

Community Foundations

Community foundations help guide volunteer efforts and financial support to where it will have the greatest impact. Connect with your local community foundation to learn more about the difference they’re making and the best way to contribute to make your community a better place.

Find the community foundation nearest you by entering your postal code in the map. Select the province of your choice to see a list of all community foundations in the region, or select Canada for a list of all 191.

Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.

By supporting a variety of opportunities for seniors, the New Horizons for Seniors Program works to better the lives of all Canadians.

Since its creation in 2004, the Program has helped seniors lead and participate in activities across the country.

Federal Funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program

The Program helps to ensure that seniors can benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through five objectives:

  1. promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  2. engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  3. expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  4. supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
  5. providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.

Projects need to meet one or more of these objectives and are generally funded through a call for proposals process.

Community-based projects are funded up to $25,000 per year, per organization. Pan-Canadian projects are funded between $150,000 and $750,000, for up to a maximum of three years.

Who can apply for funding?

Eligible recipients include:

  • not-for-profit organizations, community-based coalitions, networks and committees;
  • for-profit organizations, provided that the nature and intent of the activity are non-commercial, do not generate profit and fit within the program objectives;
  • municipal governments, band/tribal councils and other Aboriginal organizations;
  • research organizations and institutes;
  • public health and social services institutions*; and
  • educational institutions, including school boards, school districts, universities, colleges and CEGEPs*.
    • * Provincially/territorially funded institutions are eligible with the agreement of the provincial/territorial government.


Since 2004, CAAWS has awarded over $100,000 in grants, impacting over 100 organizations, clubs, and individuals in Canada by supporting opportunities for girls and women in sport.  With support from Sport Canada, CAAWS is able to provide the Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund to 10 recipients on an annual basis, valued at $1,000 each.

The WISE Fund was created to help finance sport initiatives for girls and women and assist members of the sport community in Canada. The annual grant is primarily to support the development of women leaders and support organizations that are currently offering or creating sport programs targeted to girls and women.