Founded in 1963, the Ontario Arts Council is one of the single biggest supporters of arts and culture in Ontario. An arms-length agency of the provincial government (similar to the Ontario Trillium Foundation), the OAC financially supports thousands of individuals and organizations annually. In 2014-2015, the Council awarded more than $50 million in funding to the arts community.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario’s largest grantmaker, recently announced deadlines for its upcoming funding cycles. The foundation supports a variety of sectors, including sport, recreation, arts, and health, and provides several different grant streams for organizations and projects in different stages of development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Evergreen and Walmart Canada are currently accepting grant applications for their Green Grants program. The funding is intended to support environmental projects across Canada, and is available to community and nonprofit groups that are partnered with a municipality or other local partner.
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.
The Government of Canada has opened the application window for the Canada Summer Jobs Grant, which provides funding to organizations throughout the country to hire a young person for up to sixteen weeks during the summer of 2015.
The Governor General of Canada David Johnston has proclaimed 2015 “The Year of Sport in Canada”. The announcement was made during the torch lighting ceremony for the 2015 Canada Winter Games in October, and represents an acknowledgement of the place of sport in the overall welfare of the nation.
But will this announcement significantly impact the landscape of available grant funding for sport and recreation organizations?