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Grants to Canada School Boards, First Nation Schools, Private Schools, and Community Organizations to Promote Participation in Physical Activity

Access to Action Grant Program

GrantWatch ID# 206495
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/28/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Canada school boards, First Nations schools, private schools, and community service organizations for programs that promote and increase participation in sports and physical activity for children and youth. Funding is intended to benefit individuals in equity-deserving populations, including Indigenous, Black, visible minorities, 2SLGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, low income, and newcomers. Priority will be given to projects supporting higher proportions of equity-deserving student populations, particularly those disengaged from sport and physical activity.

Access to Action is funded by Sport Canada and will focus on empowering school communities to provide inclusive and meaningful sport and physical activity opportunities before, during and after school. Grants are available to schools and/or community organizations for projects that engage school aged children and youth with a focus on young people of equity-deserving populations.

Access to Action will support young people of equity-deserving populations across the country. Equity-deserving populations include Indigenous, Black, visible minorities, 2SLGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, low income and newcomers. Increased focus will be placed on young people who face intersecting barriers to school-based physical activity participation and have disengaged from sport and physical activity over the past two years. For the 2022-2023 school year, Access to Action will fund a minimum of 500 physical activity and/or sport programs before, during, and after school hours.

This will result in:

  • Increased knowledge and capacity of schools and teachers to support quality sport programming and physical activity;
  • Increased physical activity of priority populations students during the school day;
  • Development of both the physical skills and intrinsic motivations of physical literacy among priority population students;
  • Enhanced sport programming and physical activity – providing opportunity for and engagement of diverse student populations;
  • Increased intention of students to engaging sport opportunities and physical activity beyond the school walls; and
  • A reduction in perceived barriers to sport participation.

Grants will be reviewed in two funding levels:

  • $1 - $5,000
  • $5,001 - 20,000 - Grant applications at this level will be required to show higher impact (e.g., projects in northern, remote school communities, with a higher proportion of equity seeking students, that cross-over multiple schools or projects that show a higher potential for transformative impact)

For information regarding eligible expenses, see URL for Full Text (RFP), below. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
All projects must reach each equity-deserving student populations in elementary, intermediate or secondary schools across Canada.

All applications for Access to Action must comply with the following criteria to be eligible:
The primary applicant must be a registered school/board/division or Community Service Organization in Canada. Eligible applicants include:
- Elementary, intermediate, or secondary publicly funded schools
- First Nations, Métis, and Inuit elementary, intermediate, secondary schools and educational programs
- Educational institutions in Canada (e.g., First Nations Education Departments, school boards/divisions, etc.)
- Supervised alternative learning schools/boards/divisions (e.g., special education; Care, Treatment, Custody and Corrections Programs (CTCC) programs; schools for the deaf or hard of hearing and blind; demonstration schools; etc.)
- Private schools that serve higher proportions of equity-deserving populations, with a particular focus on those disengaged from sport and physical activity
- Community service organizations

For additional eligibility considerations, see FAQs on URL for Full Text (RFP), below.

Ineligible Expenses:
- A single asset exceeding $2,000
- School staff wages
- School administrative costs (e.g., rent, phone/internet access, office expenses)

Pre-Application Information
Application Period: October 6, 2022 - February 28, 2023

Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and funds will be distributed as applications are approved. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Once an application has been submitted, a response can be anticipated by the end of the following month.

Please note: schools are permitted to submit more than one application, however in order to distribute funds equitably, ability awarding multiple grants to the same school is limited.

Number of Grants
A minimum of 500 activities.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants typically range from $500 – $5,000 per recipient.
Grants up to $20,000 are available.

Term of Contract
All projects must take place during the 2022-2023 school year.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact

Physical and Health Education Canada
2451 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 7X7
Tel: (613) 523-1348

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