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Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF)

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and
Sports Organizations to Promote Physical Activity

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Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

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01/16/18 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit organizations, local governments, IHEs, and sports organizations to promote opportunities for physical activity and sports. It is strongly recommended that applicants contact the appropriate offer at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Applicants are advised to allow one week to register on the online grants portal.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (the Ministry) is committed to fostering lifelong physical activity. The OSRCF supports Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan, which aims to make opportunities available for all Ontarians to get involved in sport.

The Ministry recognizes that providing Ontarians with opportunities to engage in community sport, recreation and physical activity is critical to improving quality of life. Research demonstrates that sustained physical activity contributes to long lasting benefits such as physical, mental, emotional and social well-being, thereby strengthening human development and the diverse communities of the Province.

The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) was established to support a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active in community sport, recreation and physical activity. This is accomplished through support of short-term projects that have the potential for long-term sustainability and deliver quality experiences to individuals at every phase of life. The OSRCF is targeted for groups that lack equitable access to participate and/or have been historically less physically active.

The Ministry recognizes the value of existing resources that helped form the basis upon which the OSRCF was developed. These resources include: Active Canada 20/20, Canadian physical activity Guidelines, Canada’s Physical Literacy Consensus Statement, Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD), and the Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015: Pathways to Wellbeing. Based on this body of knowledge, the Ministry is taking a focused approach to promote an active lifestyle and increased participation in sport, recreation and physical activity for targeted groups in Ontario.

Program Goals:
-To increase opportunities for participation in physical activity.
-To embed physical literacy throughout sport and recreation as a foundation for lifelong physical activity.
-To increase the capacity of the sport and recreation sector to deliver quality sport and recreation programming.

Funding Streams:

-Provincial Stream: Funding for projects that encompass the province as a whole, with an impact across all four Ministry Regions (Central, East, North and West).

-Local/Regional Stream: Funding for projects that address community needs at the local level in one to three Ministry Regions.

The OSRCF supports initiatives that provide inclusive opportunities with priority given to:
-Indigenous peoples (Inuit, Métis, First Nations)
-Children (up to 12 years of age)
-Youth (13 to 24 years of age)
-Francophone communities
-Low-income persons
-Older adults (55 to 64 years of age)
-Seniors (65 years of age and over)
-Persons with disabilities
-Women and girls
-Ethnic communities

Applicants can also self-identify the population(s) that their project will serve.

Projects must meet one, or more, of the following goals:
-Physical activity: Increase opportunities (through sport and/or recreation) to participate in physical activities.
-Physical Literacy: Embed physical literacy throughout sport and recreation activity as a foundation for lifelong physical activity.
-Capacity: Strengthen the applicant’s ability to deliver quality sport and recreation programming.

Preference will be given to projects that clearly describe how they meet one or more, of the listed objectives below. Projects that meet multiple objectives are encouraged:

-Demonstrate alignment with one or more of Stages One, Two, Three and Seven (Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train, and Active for Life) of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Continuum.
-Encourage an inactive population to become active.
-Increase physical literacy for project participants.
-Support quality accessible and safe programing.
-Remove barriers and improve access to opportunities for targeted populations.
-Enhance outreach and engagement with targeted groups to meet identified needs.
-Improve safety standards and risk management policies and procedures.
-Train leadership, staff and volunteers to enhance capacity to deliver quality sport and recreation programming.
-Share best practices through strong networks.

Sample Projects:
-Adopt or extend an existing quality assurance program for sport, recreation or physical activity programming.
-Develop municipal planning tools that align with the LTAD Continuum and serves to increase and sustain participation in sport and recreation.
-Develop and coordinate a community-of-practice to share knowledge and resources.
-Create and implement an equitable access policy that includes tracking program/facility fees and addresses financial barriers. For example, adopt or revise a municipal facility allocation policy that gives priority consideration to targeted groups.
-Implement existing toolkits with targeted groups that currently have limited or no access to physical activity programs.
-Develop low-impact activity programs for seniors.
-Implement an inter-generational program which encourages families to explore local trails.
-Plan and implement an embedded physical literacy program for children and youth with targeted groups.
-Provide certification or training to instructors, staff and volunteers related to stages one, two, three and seven of the LTAD Continuum. Such as, the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) – Fundamental Movements Skills (FMS), Community Sport Coach (Initiation and On-going Participation) and Instruction (Beginners) streams.
-Conduct applied research that develops a physical literacy curriculum for municipal sport and recreation programs.

Eligible expenses are directly related to the project and deemed reasonable and necessary for the successful implementation of the project. Eligible expenses may include the following:
-Extending staff hours specifically for the delivery of the project.
-Hiring additional staff specifically for the delivery of the project, such as a Project Manager.
-Consulting fees and expenses; proposal must outline how existing staff will be mentored and/or how their skills will be enhanced.
-Production expenses of deliverables (printing costs, brochure or program guide layout costs, etc.).
-Fees for training facilitators.
-Staff training directly related to the project that will provide a long-term benefit to the organization.
-Project evaluation expenses, i.e. consultant fees.
-Travel, accommodation, and/or meal expenses (these cannot exceed the current provincial rates under the Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive).
-Expenses related to healthy eating or injury prevention
-Program supplies and equipment deemed essential for project delivery.
-Information technology (IT) expenses such as new software, design elements, webinars, etc. that strengthen sustainability of the project.
-Administrative expenses cannot exceed 12 percent of the eligible project expenses from OSRCF.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166524

Term of Contract:

Projects will be eligible for one-year or two-year funding and must be completed by March 31, 2019 or March 31, 2020 respectively.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Not-for-profit organizations that have been operating for at least one year in Ontario (this includes Inuit, Métis, First Nations, Local Services Boards and municipalities).

Universities/colleges are eligible to apply in the provincial stream for applied research projects that address emerging trends and priorities in the sport and recreation sectors. Applied research projects must address needs identified by sport and recreation practitioners and assist in addressing barriers that hinder participation in sport and recreation. Listed project partners must include sport and recreation practitioners who commit to using the research findings in the development of future initiatives and programs. For 2018- 19, the OSRCF will give priority consideration to applied research projects focusing on physical literacy. Universities/colleges and PSOs/MSOs can only participate in local/ regional projects as a project partner.

Ministry-recognized Provincial or Multi-Sport Organizations (PSO/MSOs) are eligible to apply for provincial projects.

Applications will not be accepted from public health units, hospitals, government agencies, schools, individuals, for-profit organizations, or private foundations. Organizations whose purpose is related to political activity – as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency ( – are not eligible.


Partnerships are encouraged. Project applications that demonstrate effective partnerships will be given additional consideration. Each partner must be involved in one or more of the project phases (planning, development, implementation and evaluation) and receive a complete copy of the project application, reports and products as soon as they are available.

Ineligible Expenses:
-Project expenses covered by other sources of funding (i.e. government grants, foundations, donations, etc.).
-Feasibility studies.
-One-time events, festivals, conferences or tournaments.
-Administrative expenses related to an organization’s ongoing business activities, such as salaries, rent, utilities, telephone, regular website development/maintenance, and communication services. (Some core operational expenses, such as program staff overtime, may be considered an in-kind contribution but must be directly related to the delivery of the project.)
-Legal/audit fees, annual general meetings, budget deficits, membership fees, fundraising activities, committee and political meetings, or religious activities.
-Infrastructure or capital expenses including the renovation, construction or transformation of permanent spaces, parks or grounds; furniture, fixtures or other non-portable equipment.
-Accessibility measures already required under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
-Activities that could be deemed discriminatory, as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code.
-Contingency or unexplained expenses.
-Re-granting activities such as using OSRCF funds to provide grants to other organizations.
-Marketing/promotional activities not specifically related to the project.
-Activities/expenses that take place outside of Ontario.
-Refundable Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
-Any expense incurred before receiving written Ministry approval.

Pre-Application Information:

A minimum cash contribution of 10 per cent of total eligible project expenses is required. Remaining expenses can be covered by the applicant and/or its project partners as additional cash and/or in- kind contributions.

Projects serving Inuit, Métis, First Nations, Local Services Boards and municipalities (as defined by the most recent Census Canada data) with a population greater than 20,000 can receive up to 60 percent of eligible project expenses. This includes all provincial projects (the combined population of all site locations will be used).

Projects serving Inuit, Métis, First Nations, Local Services Boards and municipalities (as defined by the most recent Census Canada data) with a population less than 20,000 can receive up to 80 per cent of eligible project expenses.

The population of the lower or single tier municipality, where the project is taking place, will be used to calculate the percentage an applicant is eligible to receive.

Consultation with the appropriate Ministry contact prior to submitting an application is strongly recommended. This should be done at least 2 weeks before the application deadline. This consultation will help determine whether your organization and proposed project meet the eligibility requirements of the OSRCF and will provide guidance in the development of your application. Consultation means a dialogue, in writing or over the phone, in which the applicant provides detailed information on their proposed project. Please note: consultation does not mean a project will be automatically recommended for funding.

All application forms are found and submitted electronically through Grants Ontario. Applicants must have a Grants Ontario account in order to apply. Setting up an account may take up to 5 business days so allow at least one week to register before starting the application process.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time.

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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 or difficulties during this process, do not hesitate to contact the Grants Ontario Customer at:

(416) 325-6691 / 1-855-216-309

To initiate contact with the Ministry please email:

Regional Offices:
-Central Region: 1-877-395-4105 / 416-314-6044
-East Region: 1-800-267-9340 / 613-742-3360
-North Region: 1-800-465-6861 / 807-475-1683
-West Region: 1-800-265-2189 / 519-650-0200

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