The MLSE Foundation, backed by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., is currently accepting applications for its Foundation Community Action Grant. The grant opportunity is available only to Ontario-based registered Canadian charities, and is intended to support organizations involved in the growth of sport in their community.
There is one Foundation Community Action Grant available in the amount of $50,000.
The MLSE Foundation offers three other $50,000 grant opportunities which are specific to particular sports – one for basketball, one for hockey, and one for soccer – which each have a unique application deadline. The deadline for the Foundation Community Action Grant, open to all sports, is April 24th.
The MLSE Foundation will evaluate submissions based on their impact on the community, the accessibility of the programs/services being delivered, the validity of the project’s projected outcomes, sustainability, and the overall quality of the grant submission.
The MLSE foundation does not support capital campaigns, sport teams seeking sponsorship support, or projects that do not serve youth.
For more information on MLSE Foundation’s Community Action Grants, please visit their official website.
Finally, a reminder from the atPlay team about the value of partnerships: if your organization does not directly qualify for a grant opportunity, in this case any organization that is not a registered charity, you should not automatically rule out your potential involvement. While a registered charity must be the grant’s official recipient, a nonprofit sport organization can still stand to benefit enormously by partnering with a charitable organization to deliver the actual programs and services outlined in the grant proposal. Building these bridges strengthens the entire sector, and our children and youth can only stand to benefit from a more unified sport and recreation environment.