Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Community Action Grant

Grants to Canada Nonprofits for Sports Related Programs
Benefiting Youth in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

MLSE Foundation

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

02/25/20 5:00 PM ET


Request a Grant Writer

Grants of up to $50,000 to Canada nonprofit organizations for sports related programs that benefit children and youth ages six to 29 in eligible regions. An Expression of Interest must be submitted for review before applying. Funding is intended for recreational and sports programs to develop school success and work readiness, and mental and physical well-being. Programs must be based in and benefit residents of Ontario.

Proposal Impact Areas:

Healthy Body

  • Children and youth need to understand the basics of movement and activity to be happy and healthy.
  • Focus on increased physical literacy and levels of physical activity to ensure youth have a high-quality sport experience within their own communities.

Healthy Mind

  • Physical activity has a positive effect on young people’s brains, improving mental health and making it easier to think and learn.
  • Focus on programming that provides safe physical and psychological spaces and opportunities to belong and foster peer and role model relationships.

Ready for School

  • Children and youth, with the support and skills they need to stay engaged academically, have more opportunities for future success.
  • Focus on providing opportunities to integrate sport and academics.

Ready for Work

  • Sport and physical activity are powerful tools to teach the skills required to gain meaningful employment.
  • Focus on providing opportunities for job-readiness through training that combines classroom and sport learning, to help youth gain both the hard and soft skills necessary for employment.
Criteria for a Community Action Grant:
  • Fit with the MLSE Foundation mission, vision, and values
  • Provide programming through sport that ties to our Impact Areas
  • Provide programming that has clear, measurable benefits to the community
  • Provide programming that builds more inclusive communities and addresses barriers of all types
  • Provide programming that values, fosters and celebrates diversity

For details, see Guidelines in Supporting Documents.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163927

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Amounts: $20,000, $30,000, $40,000, $50,000. Apply for what is needed. There is no preference given to the amount requested.

Term of Contract:

The Grant must be spent within three (3) years of receiving it. The funding for the Project should be completed by no later than July 1, 2023, unless otherwise approved by MLSE Foundation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
The organization must be a registered charity as designated by the Canada Revenue Agency or have a Trustee that is a registered charity, as designated by the Canadian Revenue Agency. The charitable organization associated with the Project Proposal must be located in Ontario and must serve children and youth in Ontario.

The person submitting the Project Proposal must be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. The person submitting the Project Proposal must be eighteen (18) years of age or older or, in the case of a minor under the age of eighteen (18), have written approval of a parent or guardian (which approval must be submitted with the Project Proposal).

For a list of ineligible requests, see page 1 of the Legal Fine Print document in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Program Opens: October 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET
Expression of Interest (EOI) Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020
Shortlisted Applicants will advance to the Second Phase and be invited to submit a Full Application.
Second Phase Commences: February 1, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by 5:00 PM ET
Final Decisions: Monday, March 16, 2020

Applicants must register their organizations with the Online Application system. Once the Applicant's Organization is approved, Applicant must complete the Expression of Interest questions that will become available in the Applicant's online portal (link in Contacts below).

Approved Finalists will be contacted by a MLSE Foundation representative by June 30th, 2020.

Unsuccessful Finalists will be contacted by a MLSE Foundation representative and offered feedback on their Applications by July 15th, 2020.

The Proposal must be submitted in one of Canada's two official languages: English or French.

Contact Information:

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

Create an Application Profile:

For Questions or Assistance:

MLSE Foundation
50 Bay Street, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M5J 2L2
Tel: 416-815-5400

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario;

Suggested Grants:

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 10/01/20

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA and Canada Low-Income Individuals and Families for Financial Assistance

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada individuals and families with low-income for financial assistance. Types of assistance include financial support to offset emergency expenses or to cover the cost of regular monthly bills. Funding is intended for workers and households that are

GrantWatch ID#: 131400

Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Early-Career Psychologist for Child Psychology Rese...

Deadline 06/15/21

Grant of $9,000 to a USA, Canada, or International early-career psychologist for child psychology research projects. The purpose of the program is for research and demonstration projects that foster an understanding of the relationship between self-identity and scholast

GrantWatch ID#: 132694

In-Kind Grants of Educational Software to USA, Canada, and International Teachers

Deadline 10/11/20

In-kind grants of software and training to USA, Canada, and International educators. The purpose of this program is to give teachers access to educational software that will help their students practice and master math facts. Grantees may use the software with one class

GrantWatch ID#: 137262

Grants to Canada Nonprofit Indigenous Organizations, Agencies, and Museums for Projects that ...

Deadline 11/01/20

Grants to Canada nonprofit Indigenous organizations, agencies, and museums for projects to promote education and preservation of Indigenous culture. Programs may include training opportunities to further the same aims. Grant applicants are required to contact the neares

GrantWatch ID#: 137573

Grants and Loans to Ontario Commercial Building and Property Owners and Commercial Tenants f...

Deadline 12/31/20

Grants and loans of up to $30,000 to Ontario commercial building and property owners and commercial tenants in eligible locations for economic development. Funding is intended to enhance, build, and remediate commercial properties in the qualified downtown area. Applica

GrantWatch ID#: 138338

Grants to Ontario Schools in Eligible Areas for Programs to Encourage Healthy Eating

Deadline 12/31/20

Grants to Ontario elementary and high schools in eligible areas for programs to encourage healthy eating and increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Funding is intended to support educational projects at home, school, and in local communities throughout the P

GrantWatch ID#: 139034

Grants to Canada Nonprofit Organizations and Individuals for Outdoor Safety Education for Yo...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants ranging from $750 to $2,500 to Canada nonprofit organizations and individuals for programs that promote outdoor safety and encourage youth and outdoor leaders to avoid outdoor risks. Funds may be used to train and educate youth and outdoor leaders on risk avoidan

GrantWatch ID#: 139039

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Researchers for Studies in Reproductive Biology

Deadline 01/15/21

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International researchers for research on reproductive biology in mammals and its relation to fertility regulation. Eligible expenses include fringes, institutional overhead, and stipends. Funding is intended to support early-career resea

GrantWatch ID#: 139420