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Grants to Canada Nonprofits for Recreation Opportunities for Children and Youth

Active Outdoor Play

The Lawson Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #158882

Grant Description

Grants starting at $50,000 to Canada nonprofits, schools and municipalities to increase children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings including at home, in school, in child care, the community and nature. Letters of Intent are due July 14.

Successful proposals will:
- Impact children and/or youth living in Canada
- Have the potential to inform systemic change (and/or be potentially replicable/scalable to other programs or jurisdictions)
- Address barriers specific to active outdoor play (including policy)
- Include meaningful multi-sectoral engagement and collaboration where appropriate.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only Canadian registered charities (or other qualified donees) in good standing with CRA may apply.

In addition to registered charities, letters of intent are accepted from other qualified donees as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency.

A school with a charitable registration number may apply if the proposal is for a strategic initiative with the potential to inform systemic change.

A registered Canadian municipality is eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information webinar will be hosted for potential applicants on Monday, June 29 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT. An overview of the funding call will be provided and questions will be taken. Please register at

**NOTE: The webinar is now full, the recording will be posted shortly thereafter.

If you still have questions, consider joining the Tweet chats on Tuesday July 7 and Monday July 13 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT. Make sure to follow @Lawson_Fdn on Twitter and use #LFGRANTS to take part in the chats.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent are due by 1:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, July 14. To apply, please complete the attached single fillable PDF in English and email it to

In early August, applicants will either be declined or invited to the second stage of the process to submit to a full proposal.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

10 - 15

Estimated Size of Grant:

$50,000 – $300,000

Term of Contract:

1 - 3 years. Projects must be ready to begin between November 2015 and June 2016.

Contact Information:

Christine Alden, Program Manager
519-667-5114 x 224

The Lawson Foundation - London Office
200 Queens Avenue, Suite 511
London, Ontario N6A 1J3

The Lawson Foundation - Toronto Office
365 Bloor Street East, Suite 2000
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3L4

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates / changes / addendums / conferences / LOIs.

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