Jumpstart 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.

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

As provinces and territories begin to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jumpstart will re-open the Individual Child Grant application on June 17, providing financial support to Canadian families looking to safely re-engage in sport and recreation programming.
To serve the families and children we fund, and to support all of you during these unprecedented times, Jumpstart is making some process changes and updates.
•  Expanded Eligibility – Jumpstart has expanded our eligibility requirements to allow families who receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to apply for funding.
•  Proof of Financial Need Documentation – Jumpstart has expanded the list of eligible proof of financial need documentation to include the Canadian Child Benefit (CCB) Statement and proof of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
•  Application Review – All applications will be reviewed by Jumpstart to confirm that the sport/activity has been cleared to resume by regional health authorities and the service provider (payee) is operating. Please allow for additional time for review of all applications and please do not share approval until confirmed by Jumpstart.
•  Online Program Funding – Jumpstart will continue to support registration fees for in-person sport and recreation programs in locations where governments, and public health authorities have deemed it safe to do so. However, at this time, Jumpstart is unable to support online-delivered sport or recreation program registration fees. For access to free online ideas to help keep kids active at home, please visit our Play From Home Resource Hub.

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 $300 per individual in the fiscal year (April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020) will be available to cover up to 60% of course registration fees (workshop training) and up to 70% 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/

Application Deadline: August 15, 2019

Annual Opportunities – Dates to be Updated Upon Annual Release of Opportunity

Canada Post Funding:

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.Deadline to Apply: Due the challenges of COVID-19, we are extending the deadline for applications for the Canada Post Community Foundation to Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Eastern).


New Horizons for Seniors Program:

We recently hosted an informative webinar today 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

Deadline to Apply: June 21, 2019, 8:59 am EST

If you have any questions, contact Anthony Biggar: anthonybiggar@athleticsontario.ca

Paralympic Sport Development Fund

Athletics Canada received a call for applications for the 2019-2020 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.

Deadline to Apply: March 3, 2019

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.

Deadline to Apply: February 3 2019

Submit your Application here


The Ontario150 program is a series of events and initiatives that will stretch to every corner of our province, showcasing Ontario’s innovative spirit, our culture and our community diversity.

In addition to a number of signature events planned across the province, municipalities, community organizations and Indigenous groups will be able to access funding programs designed to bring people together, while laying the groundwork for a strong economic, social and cultural legacy for Ontario’s next 150 years.

There are three application-based Ontario150 grant programs. They include:

  • The Community Capital Program — a $25 million fund to renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure to increase access, improve safety and maximize community use;
  • The Partnership Program — a $5 million program to support new partnerships and collaborations that engage, enable and empower youth as the next generation of Ontario leaders;
  • And the Community Celebration Program —a $7 million fund to help communities celebrate this historic year.

To learn more about the programs and how to apply, visit ontario.ca/page/ontario150. We encourage you to share this information with organizations in your community.

Ontario150 is an opportunity to show the pride we share as Ontarians, to tell our story to the country and to the world, and help shape our province’s future.

RBC Learn to Play Project:

  • Focus: 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:

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