Ontario Sport Hosting Program 2022-23

The Ontario Sport Hosting Program provides project-based funding to help applicants deliver national and international amateur sport events in Ontario. Athletics Ontario has been a recipient in the past of these grants, and are allocated to clubs and organizations to improve the event and competition offerings to the athletics community in Ontario.

The province provides an annual investment of $3 million and has supported 134 events since 2013.

The Sport Hosting Program provides project-based funding to help applicants deliver major national and international amateur sport events in Ontario.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • create legacies that support sport at the provincial, regional and local level
  • provide economic benefits through increased levels of tourism, expenditures and improved public infrastructure
  • foster a culture of sport and physical activity in communities by creating role models and enhancing community spirit and involvement in sports
  • increase opportunities for Ontario athletes to compete and participate in events in Ontario
  • seek new avenues to further build and develop the sport capacity of the province by providing additional ways to develop and train coaches, officials and volunteers
  • create a culture of sport that engages all Ontarians

For 2022-23, Athletics Ontario are welcoming any club or organization to express interest in hosting an event that will assist in growing the sport of athletics in Ontario

For full details and expression of interest, please download the document here: 2022-23 SHG expression of interest form (draft2)


2021-22 PSO Funding to Member Community Sports Clubs

Member Community sport clubs that are members of Athletics Ontario that offer programming that supports alignment within the amateur sport system by offering a range of grassroots and competitive programming. This funding will support member community sport clubs across the province in sustaining their organizations.

Only community sport clubs that are members of Athletics Ontario are eligible to receive Schedule G Funds (Funding to Member Community Sport Clubs as provided by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries). Member community sport clubs supported through this funding will need to demonstrate that they incurred COVID-19-related expenses to operate their programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. $349,533.04 is available to be distributed among eligible 2022 registered member clubs that demonstrate:

  • Increased operating costs directly related to the pandemic (e.g. the costs of purchasing personal protective equipment);
  • Reduction of members and membership revenue during the pandemic;
  • Increased facility costs required to comply with the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its regulations; or
  • Operating deficits to maintain programming for fewer participants.

These funds will be distributed by May 31, 2022

Clubs must be affiliated and in good standing with Athletics Ontario for the 2022 Membership year at the time of submission of application, in order to be eligible for this funding.

Application Deadline: CLOSED


Canadian Tire Jumpstart – Community Development Grants

Application Closes: March 11, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

For Programs Starting Between: May 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022

Details at: https://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/pages/community-development-grants


Resilient Communities Fund

Minimum $10,000 Maximum $100,000

NEXT DEADLINE April 6, 2022, at 5 PM ET

Details at: https://www.otf.ca/our-grants/resilient-communities-fund


Community Building Fund – Operating Stream

Minimum $10,000 Maximum $250,000

Applications will be accepted starting March 31, 2021.

Details at: https://www.otf.ca/our-grants/community-building-fund/community-building-fund-operating-stream


Canada Summer Jobs 2022

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.

This can be an excellent funding source to hire youth to deliver Run Jump Throw Wheel / Try It / Grassroots programs, camp programs, hosting track meets, fundraising, and add club support for managing your website and social media.

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 2022:

    • Applications are due by January 25, 2022
    • Funding confirmations will be sent to employers starting in April 2022
    • The earliest job start date is April 25, 2022
    • The latest job start date is July 24, 2022
    • The latest job end date is September 3, 2022
    • The latest date to submit a payment claim is 30 days following the completion of the last Canada Summer Jobs-funded work placement.
For pertinent details, and an outline AO’s experience with the program, please review the presentation provided below:


Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Funding Opportunities

The following presentation outlines additional grant opportunities through the Ontario Trillium Foundation!

Click here to view now!


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!


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


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