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Grant Writing Tip: Be People-Centric.

Successful grant writing is a nuanced, layered, process. This is a message atPlay communicates to all of our partners, and we hope it is a message readers of our grant writing tips are internalizing as well. Today’s tip touches on a central theme common to many of our blog posts: grantmakers consider more than just the application received when evaluating potential grantees.

Today’s grant writing tip: Be a people-centric organization, and demonstrate this in your application.

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Grant Writing Tip: Always Strictly Adhere to Application Guidelines

It’s the mission of the atPlay team to improve the quality of grant applications submitted by sport, recreation, and healthy living organizations. While becoming grant-ready is no overnight task, there are some approaches organizations can take to address what we view as “low hanging fruit” in terms of submitting quality applications. Today’s grant writing tip is a simple one that can make a big difference: always strictly adhere to the grantmaker’s application guidelines.

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Grant Writing Tip: Focus on Solutions, not Problems!

We’re back with another grant writing tip for non profit and charitable organizations seeking to increase their grant writing success rate. Today’s tip emerges directly from the conversations we’ve had with grantmakers: the focus of your grant proposal should always be on a solution, not a problem.

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Spotlight On: Trillium Foundation’s “Promising Young People” Grant Stream

As the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s deadline for grant proposals approaches, atPlay Consulting is breaking down each of the six defined “Action Areas.” Today we’ll look at the stream supporting the overall development of children and youth – “Promising Young People”.

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Grant Writing Tip: Don’t reuse…rewrite!

It’s the mission of atPlay Consulting to deliver grant writing education to the sport, recreation, and healthy living sectors, and as such, we’re providing a series of grant writing tips intended to make your next proposal a success. This week’s tip is intended for those groups submitting applications to multiple funding opportunities. 

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Canada Post Community Foundation Grant Opens

The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is currently accepting applications for its 2015 grant program. The fund, which distributed more than $1.3 million in support to over one hundred organization in 2014, is intended to build capacity amongst charities and not for profits delivering programs and services that promote the healthy development of Canadian children.

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RBC After School Project Grant Accepting Applications

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is currently accepting grant applications for its RBC After School Project fund. The fund will be providing nearly $3 million in support to groups providing high quality, structured, after school programming five days a week.

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Toronto Raptors Community Action Grant Opens

The MLSE Foundation, in partnership with the Toronto Raptors and Just Energy, are accepting grant applications until March 20th for the Toronto Raptors Community Action Grant. The grant is available to charitable organizations that are building healthy communities in Ontario through the game of basketball.

The Toronto Raptors Community Action Grant is a separate opportunity from the MLSE Foundation Community Grant, for which applications are due April 24th.

MLSE Foundation will award one grant in the amount of $50,000.

As with any grant, it is important to ensure your organization’s project idea and goals align with the mission of the grantmaker. In this case, that is “Improving the lives of youth by building facilities, giving to sustainable programs and empowering youth through sports and recreation”.

The MLSE foundation does not support capital campaigns, sport teams seeking sponsorship support, or projects that do not serve youth.

For more information on the Toronto Raptors Community Action Grant, please visit MLSE Foundation‘s official website.


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Grant Writing Tip: Sustainability

You’ve built a project from the ground-up, and prepared a well written grant proposal that expertly reflects the benefits of your program. So how do you ensure your application is looked upon highly by grantmakers? Today’s grant writing tip examines one aspect you simply must address in your proposal: sustainability.

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Community Grants in Toronto: Our Thoughts

The Toronto Star devoted its front page to the topic of community grants on Saturday, publishing a story authored by City Hall reporter Jennifer Pagliaro. The piece, which can be read online, highlighted an apparent disparity in the distribution of city grant funds between neighbourhoods.

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