COMMUNITY GRANTS

HOW WE GIVE

COMMUNITY ACTION GRANTs

OPENS JANUARY 19, 2021


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.
WHO WE FUND
⦿ Governed by the Income Tax Act, 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 who has Qualified Donee Status.
⠀⠀⠀⠀○⠀⠀Schedule a call with MLSE Foundation staff to review your options

⦿ Organizations based and performing services in Ontario
WHAT WE FUND
⦿ Project Proposals that align with one of the four (4) areas of impact: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Ready For School, Ready for Work.
⠀⠀⠀⠀○⠀⠀Read about the impact areas in the Grant Guidelines

⦿ Project Proposals that integrate both sport and intentional life-skills learning into their program plans.

⦿ Project Proposals that serve youth aged 6-29 who face barriers.

⦿ 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)
⠀⠀⠀⠀○⠀⠀LGBTQ2A+ Identified youth
⠀⠀⠀⠀○⠀⠀Youth who identify as having a disability- intellectual or physical

⦿ Pilot programs with innovative or unique approaches

⦿ Established programs with demonstrable impact

⦿ Administrative fees or program overhead up to 20% of the grant funds requested

⦿ Program staff salary, training, and capacity development

⦿ Research and evaluation costs

APPLY NOW

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Step 1: Once you confirm your organization is eligible, follow the prompts to register and create an Organization Profile in our Online Portal.
⠀⠀•⠀⠀If you have applied for a Community Action Grant in the past, your login information should be unchanged and you can skip directly to the Expression of Interest.
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Step 2: Once your Organization is accepted (1-2 days), complete the short Expression of Interest questions that will become available in your Online Portal.
⠀⠀•⠀⠀Read the Grant Guidelines to help in completing your application. It has valuable information
about how applications are evaluated.
⠀⠀•⠀⠀Register for a virtual grant workshop
⠀⠀•⠀⠀Schedule a support call with an MLSE Foundation staff to review your proposal idea and answer
any questions
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Step 3: Once submitted, a diverse Selection Circle will evaluate every Expression of Interest and short-list top applicants.
⠀⠀•⠀⠀Learn more about how we evaluate applications in the Grant Guidelines
⠀⠀•⠀⠀Meet the Selection Circle here
⠀⠀•⠀⠀Organizations not shortlisted can sign up for a feedback call here and will be provided feedback to improve their application for next year
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Step 4: Shortlisted Organizations will be contacted to complete a Full Application that will become available in your online portal.
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Step 5: Full Applications will be evaluated by the Selection Circle.
⠀⠀•⠀⠀Organizations not selected for a grant can schedule a call to review comments from the Selection Circle

HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS - *NEW THIS YEAR*

Successful organizations will be asked to participate in a pilot roll out of our proprietary evaluation software, MLSE Scoreboard. Participation in this pilot program will include in-kind measurement/evaluation coaching, in-kind tablets, a personalized platform to measure your programs with relevant metrics for your organization, as well as a free license for the length of your grant funding.

Learn more about MLSE Scoreboard here

DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – MARCH 19, 2021

DEADLINE FOR FULL APPLICATIONS (IF SHORTLISTED) – MAY 7, 2021

FINAL DECISIONS – JUNE 2021