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Grants to Ontario Registered Charities, Athletic Associations,
Agencies, and Tribes for Youth Sports and Recreation Programs

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MLSE Foundation

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Deadline Date:

02/15/22 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Ontario registered charities, amateur athletic associations, municipalities, Indigenous communities, and housing corporations for sports and recreational programs that benefit local children and youth. Applicants must submit an expression of interest prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to create positive outcomes for youth in physical health, mental health, academic achievement, and work readiness.

The Foundations support project proposals that align with one of the four areas of impact: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Ready For School, Ready for Work and serve youth aged 6-29 who face barriers. For additional information about funded programs, see:

 MLSE Foundation prioritizes the following demographics:

  • Youth who face socio-economic barriers
  • Black youth
  • First Nations, Inuit, and Metis youth
  • Newcomers/Refugee youth
  • Girl-identified youth (in the case of gender-specific programming)
  • 2SLGBTQ+ Identified youth
  • Youth who identify as having a disability, intellectual or physical.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163927

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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:

Awarded funds must be used within three (3) years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MLSE Foundation is only able to grant funds to organizations that are classified as a Qualified Donee by the Canadian Revenue Agency as follows:
- A registered charity
- A registered Ontario amateur athletic association
- A registered housing corporation in Ontario
- A registered Ontario municipality
- Metis, Inuit, or First Nation community/Band

Organizations that do not have Qualified Donee status are still eligible to apply in partnership with a Trustee Organization that has Qualified Donee Status.

Organizations based and performing services in Ontario.

For ineligible applicants and projects, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for an open forum where MLSE Foundation staff will answer any questions you have regarding your application.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline for Expression of Interest: January 25, 2022, by 5:00 pm ET
- Deadline for Full Applications (if shortlisted): February 15, 2022, 5:00 pm ET
- Final Decisions: March 2022

Applicants must register and create an Organization Profile in the Online Portal. Once your Organization is accepted (1-2 days), complete the short Expression of Interest questions that will become available in the Portal. Once submitted, a Selection Circle will evaluate every Expression of Interest and short-list top applicants. Shortlisted Organizations will be contacted to complete a Full Application that will become available in your online portal. Full Applications will be evaluated by the Selection Circle.

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Contact Information:

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

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If you have any questions and require support, please contact

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

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Geographic Focus:

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