Tag Archives: recreation

Measuring social impact in sport

atPlay has learned a lot in a year.

I still remember sitting in Wychwood pub at the corner of St. Clair West and Bathurst last December, catching up with Rob for the first time in a few years. We talked about our past in non-profit, our goals and aspirations, and Colombia. Slowly the stars began to align and by the second pint we had all but shaken hands on our new partnership.

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System Development Fund from Canadian Paralympic Committee Opens

The Canadian Paralympic Committee has issued a call for applications for the 2016 System Development Fund, with potential grants of up to $10,000 available to eligible sport and recreation organizations.

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

Back in November, the Ontario Trillium Foundation launched a sleek new website alongside an overhauled granting program. Today we’ll be looking closer at one of the grantmaker’s identified “Action Areas” and making some suggestions on how sport and recreation nonprofits and charities can tap into this funding.

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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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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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MLSE Foundation Community Action Grant Opens

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.

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Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund Opens

Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport has announced deadlines for the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund. The grant represents one of the best opportunities for nonprofit organizations delivering sport and recreation in Ontario to receive additional funding from the government.

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2015 is The Year of Sport in Canada

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?

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RBC Supporting Grants for Sport and Recreation

The fifth annual RBC Sports Day in Canada, presented by ParticipACTION, CBC and TrueSport, is a celebration of the power of sport to bring communities together. Thousands of events have been coordinated across the country in the week leading up to November 29, encouraging all Canadians to get out and play. A full listing of ways to participate – from ‘try-it’ days, to fun runs, to athlete meet-and greets and community-wide festivals – are listed on the RBC Sports Day in Canada website.

RBC Sports Day in Canada stems from the recent Believe in Kids Pledge, the single largest social commitment in the corporate donor’s history, and one of the biggest grants for sport and recreation in the country. Last year, the Royal Bank of Canada promised an impressive 100 million dollars over 5 years with the goal of enhancing the emotional, physical and intellectual well-being of 100 million children and youth across the country by 2018.

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