Home Hardware Return to Sport Matching Grant

Helping kids get back in the game has never been so important. That’s why Home Hardware has partnered with FlipGive to donate $25,000 in matching grants to teams ready to make a comeback. When you raise $100 on FlipGive, Home Hardware will provide a $100 Return to Sport Matching Grant.
Here’s How to Get Started:
The Home Hardware Return to Sport Matching Grant is available for new and existing FlipGive teams. Once you are signed up, you’ll be asked to opt-in by sharing a story about your team. After submitting your application, it’s time for the fundraising to begin! At the end of every month, there will be Grant Rounds where we will reward 50 teams* that raise $100 with a $100 Return to Sport Matching Grant from Home Hardware.
CLICK HERE to learn more about this opportunity!


Community Sport Clubs Funding Support – Athletics

Funding support for Activities (April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022)

Clubs affiliated with Athletics Ontario may be eligible to receive between $400-$600.

The amount will be dependent, in part, by the number of applications received. Applicants must be clubs who were registered with Athletics Ontario in 2021, as of May 1, 2021.

Applications for 2021 are now closed. For more information, Click here.


Return to Sport – Return to Training in Athletics Grant program

Applications are closed.

Successful applicants will be contacted.

About the Program:
Up to 20 Clubs may be eligible to receive between $400-$500 to cover programming costs applicable to the program or activity based on the details below. The amount will be dependent, in part, by the number of applications received.


Jumpstart Individual Child Grant Program:

The Jumpstart Child Grant Program offers funding for children between the ages of 4-18, to sustained programs that involve sport or physical activity, and which last a minimum of five weeks in duration, including at least one session per week.

Successful applicants may be funded up to $300 per activity (max $600 per child annually, subject to chapter discretion and/or local demands)

For more information, please visit: https://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/pages/individual-child-grants

Funding for Coaches: 

The CAO recognizes that coaches incur many out-of-pocket expenses along their coaching journey, but there are a number of funding opportunities and support programs available to help offset some of these costs. Ontario coaches and PSOs are encouraged to apply for professional development and financing programs year-round.

For more information, please visit: https://www.coachesontario.ca/funding-for-coaches/


Coach Bursary: 

Up to a maximum of $500 per individual in the fiscal year (April 1-March 31) will be available to 75% of eligible course registration fees (workshop training) and up to  90% for completion of certification process (portfolio + evaluation).

More details at: https://www.coachesontario.ca/qfg/bursary-program/


Mentors Express:

At no cost to the coach or club, approved applicants are assigned a provincially-endorsed mentor in one of the five specialty areas, who will work directly with the registered coach (or coaches) at their own club or another arranged location. Coaches will be permitted multiple mentor sessions, as long as all meetings between coaches and their assigned mentor fall within the program timelines.

More details at: https://www.coachesontario.ca/mentorsexpress/

Canada Post Community Foundation Grants 

Applications accepted starting March, 2022.

The Community Foundation awards grants to Canadian schools, charities and community organizations that make a difference in the lives of children and youth, up to the age of 21.

Community-based support projects:
Eligible projects increase the capacity of an organization. Such projects create or expand services rather than maintaining existing services, for example hiring staff or purchasing new equipment.
Project grants can total up to $25,000 each.
Grants to schools, school/parent organizations, daycares, sports teams and all recreation facilities (pools, ice rinks, skateboard parks, etc.) will not exceed $5,000.

Charities must be registered with a Canadian Charitable Registration Number and non-profit organizations must provide a valid B/N registration number.


New Horizons for Seniors Program:

In the past, AO hosted an informative webinar for clubs interested in the NHSP grant opportunity. You can find the presentation here.

Grants of up to $5,000, as well as $25,000 to support programming for seniors within your club, are available.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects designed by and for seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.

The program provides funding for projects that encourage seniors to play an important role in their communities by volunteering, participating in and leading community activities. The program also provides funds to help organizations make necessary modifications or repairs to their facilities, or to purchase replacement equipment and furnishings, to enable their continued use for programs and activities for seniors.

Read more about the grant opportunity, and apply, here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/new-horizons-seniors-community-based.html

If you have any questions, please contact Anthony Biggar: [email protected]


Paralympic Sport Development Fund

Athletics Canada received a call for applications for the Paralympic Sport Development Fund from the Canadian Paralympic Committee. This is a relevant opportunity for PSOs and clubs.

Funding amounts between $5,000 – $15,000 are available for initiatives in athlete recruitment, coaching, competition, daily training environments and equipment.

For more information visit: http://games.paralympic.ca/funding-opportunities


Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

For more information, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html

Click HERE to view the Applicant Guide.

Please note the following key dates for 2021:

  1. applications are due by February 3, 2021
  2. the earliest job start date is April 26, 2021
  3. the latest job start date is January 15, 2022
  4. the latest job end date is February 26, 2022
  5. the latest date to submit a payment claim is 30 days following the completion of the Canada Summer Jobs-funded work placement
For pertinent details, and an outline AO’s experience with the program, please review the presentation provided below:

RBC Learn to Play Project:

  • 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 Action Grants:


RBC Learn to Play Leadership Grants:

Premier Partners

Secondary Partners