COMMUNITY GRANTS

HOW WE GIVE

Granting up to $50,000 to Ontario-based organizations that are using sport and recreation to advance outcomes in physical health, mental health, academic achievement and work readiness to support youth in their communities.

Are you a charitable sport or recreation organization serving youth, based within Ontario? Do you believe that healthy bodies and minds are essential for youth development? Is preparing youth for success at both school and work part of your sport program’s initiatives? If so, you may be eligible for a MLSE Foundation Community Action Grant.

COMMUNITY ACTION GRANT

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Step 1: Read the legal fine print and guidelines to ensure your Organization is eligible to apply.
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Step 2: Click create your profile and follow the prompts to create an Organization Profile.
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Step 3: Once your Organization is approved, complete the Expression of Interest questions that will become available in your online portal.
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Step 4: MLSE Foundation Selection Circle will evaluate Expressions of Interest and short-listed applicants will be notified to complete a Full Application. Applicants not shortlisted will be provided feedback upon request.
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Step 5: Shortlisted Organizations will complete full applications that will become available in your online portal.
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Step 6: Full Applications will be evaluated by the MLSE Foundation Selection Circle. Organizations must be available for reply to questions via phone in early June.
DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST - TBD

DEADLINE FOR FULL APPLICATIONS - TBD

FINAL DECISIONS - TBD

CRITERIA FOR COMMUNITY ACTION GRANT

• Have a Charitable Registration Number or a Charitable Trustee
• Fit with the MLSE Foundation mission, vision, and values
• Provide programming for children & youth ages 6-29
• Provide programming through sport that ties to our Impact Areas:  Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Ready For School, Ready For Work
• 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

Please see the legal fine print and guidelines for more detail

IMPACT AREAS

When applying for a Community Action Grant you will be asked to explain how your proposed project aligns with one of our Impact Areas:
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Healthy Body

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e know that children and youth need to understand the basics of movement and activity to be happy and healthy. We focus on increasing physical literacy and levels of physical activity while ensuring youth have a high-quality sport experience within their own communities.

For example: A program that utilizes rugby to engage youth, while also having weekly workshops on physical health (nutrition, healthy choices etc.) would be a fitting example of this Impact Area.

Outcome Measures: Increased physical literacy and physical activity levels. Increased positive healthy behaviors such as: eating, sleeping. Increased sense of belonging.
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​Healthy Mind

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

For Example: A program that utilizes yoga programming to engage youth struggling with mental health issues, or engaging youth in conversations around mental health, coping strategies and resources would be fitting for this Impact Area.

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Ready For School

When children and youth have the support and skills they need to stay engaged academically, they have more opportunities for future success. We focus on providing opportunities to integrate sport and academics.

For Example: A program that utilizes soccer to engage youth in S.T.E.M. curriculum would be fitting for this Impact Area.

Outcome Measures: Increased physical activity levels. Increased academic engagement (subject matter knowledge, attendance, attitude towards school). Increased sense of belonging. Increased social capital.

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Ready For Work

Sport and physical activity are powerful tools to teach the skills required to gain meaningful employment. We 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.

For Example: A program that utilizes basketball to teach leadership skills, that also provides workshops on resume building and career exploration would be fitting for this Impact Area.

Outcome Measures: Increased physical activity levels. Increased leadership skills. Increased job readiness.