‘ATHLETICS FOR ALL’ Program Brings the Sport to Under-represented Groups

Athletics Canada announced a new $350,000 grant program designed to remove barriers and increase sport participation for two targeted populations: newcomers to Canada and athletes with a disability. The Athletics For All grant program is made possible by the Government of Canada’s Community Sport for All Initiative which also includes a national marketing campaign and coast-to-coast-to-coast local community activations.

Grant applications are now open for the Athletics For All program, which will focus on engaging these communities to participate in one of the world’s most accessible sports.

“Next summer, people from all over Canada are going to watch Olympic and Paralympic athletics with many inspired to run, jump and throw. When that happens, we will be ready to welcome them to our sport,” said Athletics Canada CEO Mathieu Gentès. “Athletics has an event for everyone but there have traditionally been barriers to participation for newcomers to Canada and for persons with a disability. The Government of Canada’s Community Sport for All Initiative will help us remove those barriers welcoming thousands of new participants to our sport proving that athletics truly is for everyone.”

Who Can Apply? 
Community groups within the Athletics community. This includes member provincial and territorial branches, affiliated clubs, disability sport organizations, event organizers, and community athletics groups.
The deadline for applications is February 4th, 2024

Jumpstart Grant Applications Open

Jumpstart Community Development Grants are now open for applications. This round of funding will focus on programs with start dates between May 1st and August 31st. The application deadline is February 16th at 8:59pm Pacific Time. Note that applications cannot be accepted after this time as the system shuts down.

Community Impact Fund (for Toronto area clubs)
Submissions will be accepted from January 10 through February 15, 2024

Coaches Association of Ontario and Hydro One

The Community Coaching Grant program which is designed to offset the rising costs of sports in Ontario, was recently launched. The purpose of the grant program is to ensure that youth have the opportunity to participate in sports at an accessible cost. Eligible coaches and organizations are invited to apply for the grant which they can use to purchase the tools they need to keep the costs of sports affordable.

Funding Available

  • At least 32 grants of up to $1,000 CDN in funding per recipient.


  • Individual sport coaches in Ontario
  • Open to coaches of all levels and contexts of sport in Ontario (i.e., community, competitive, high performance)
  • Organizations in Ontario applying on behalf of a group of coaches within an organization directly benefitting from the funds

The grant application period runs from May 31, 2023 – June 25, 2023 @ 11:59 pm EST. Those selected for a grant will be notified in August 2023.

For further information about the program or to apply, click here.

KidSport Grants

KidSport provides grants to kids from families facing financial barriers so they can participate in registered sport programs and experience the lifelong benefits of a season of sport. KidSport Ontario provides grants of up to $250 per eligible kid, per year (January 1st – December 31st) towards sport registration fees.

If the child needs equipment, we will make a referral to a partner agency. Grants are intended to be used for sport registration fees; travel and competitions are not eligible for funding.

  • The deadline is May 31st, 2023, for all programs taking place between June- August 2023.
  • The deadline is August 31st for all programs taking place between Sept-Dec 2023
  • The deadline is December 23, 2023 for all programs taking place between January- March 31st, 2024.

For more details, and to apply, please visit: https://kidsportcanada.ca/ontario/provincial-fund/

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Grants

The Community Development Grant has two funding streams. Qualified organizations may apply for either stream or both within each period, however, the requests must be clearly justified, and funding will be dependent on overall demand.

Operational Support

Assists organizations to build capacity or to cover increased expenses to provide inclusive, safe sport participant experiences, such as but not limited to:

  • Build human resource capacity (program staff, coaches, volunteers), including hiring and training;
  • Hire subject matter expert for EDI training;
  • Increased rental costs or facility updates;
  • Organization development, including fundraising/revenue generation strategies and operational efficiencies; and
  • Rebuilding, expanding or starting a new organization.

Programming Support

Assists organizations with the costs of delivering sport and recreational programming, including but not limited to:

  • Program supervisors, instructors, coaches;
  • Facility costs;
  • Equipment costs; and
  • Transportation costs.

Intake 3

Programs Starting Between: September 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Application Closes: July 7, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET (8:59 PM PT)

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

2023 Application Dates – Canada Post Community Foundation

Please note that we will be accepting grant applications earlier than usual this year.  Submissions are due through the Foundation website, www.canadapost.ca/community by Thursday, March 9 at noon (Eastern Time).

Please review the application information on the website, including the applicant checklist, prior to applying to ensure you have all of the information you need.

The Community Foundation supports charities, schools, and community groups that have a positive impact on the lives of children and youth (up to age 21). Grants are available in two main categories: project grants up to $25,000, as well as smaller grants up to $5,000. We also have up to four Signature Grants worth $50,000, including the Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Signature Grant, introduced last year.

Thank you for helping us improve our communities and build a stronger Canada. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Funding Opportunities

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

Click here to view now!


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 Community Action Grants:


RBC Learn to Play Leadership Grants:

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