MLSE Foundation announces 2021 Community Action Grant recipients

Monday, August 30, 2021

MLSE FOUNDATION COMMITS OVER $1 MILLION TO 24 ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH THE 2021 COMMUNITY ACTION GRANT PROGRAM

MLSE Foundation announced today the 24 recipients of the 2021 Community Action Grant program. The investment exceeding $1 million is part of the Change the Game campaign promise that aims to raise and commit $30 million over the next four years. The Community Action Grant program supports Ontario-based organizations using sport and recreation to build healthy communities, with Black and Indigenous youth as priority demographics.

The Change the Game initiative established in February 2021 is centred around building equity through proven community investment streams, allowing for greater access to free sport programs, increased support of community partners, deeper empowerment within communities, and increased opportunities for leadership in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion.

“Earlier this summer, we learned what Ontario’s youth want and need from sport programming post-pandemic through the Change the Game research study. Investing in organizations that address those needs is one way we are building sport back better,” said Tanya Mruck, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation and MLSE LaunchPad. “We are eager to partner with these grant recipients so that together, we can use the power of sport to empower youth facing barriers reach their potential.”

Launched in 2016, MLSE Foundation’s Community Action Grant program provides 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. Eligible organizations apply under one of the following pillars: Healthy Body, focusing on increasing physical literacy and levels of physical activity through high-quality sport experiences; Healthy Mind, which concentrates on programming that provides safe physical and psychological spaces with opportunities to belong; Ready For School, which integrates sport and academics; and Ready For Work, which concentrates on job-readiness through training that combines classroom and sport learning. Over the past 10 years, MLSE Foundation has raised and invested more than $45 million into Ontario communities.

Over 250 organizations submitted applications for funding this year, which were reviewed by MLSE Foundation’s Selection Circle, an external adjudication committee comprised of diverse industry experts, youth and past recipients. After 230 review hours, community consultations, support calls and writing workshops, 24 organizations were selected as this year’s recipients.

See all Community Action Grant recipients at mlsefoundation.org/how-we-give/community-grants.

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Contacts: Charzie Abendanio, MLSE, charzie.abendanio@mlse.com, Tel: (416) 970-4613

Victoria Malisani, MLSE, victoria.malisani@mlse.com, Tel : (416) 312-5656

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MLSE Foundation announces 2021 Community Action Grant recipients
MLSE Foundation

Monday, August 30, 2021

MLSE FOUNDATION COMMITS OVER $1 MILLION TO 24 ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH THE 2021 COMMUNITY ACTION GRANT PROGRAM

MLSE Foundation announced today the 24 recipients of the 2021 Community Action Grant program. The investment exceeding $1 million is part of the Change the Game campaign promise that aims to raise and commit $30 million over the next four years. The Community Action Grant program supports Ontario-based organizations using sport and recreation to build healthy communities, with Black and Indigenous youth as priority demographics.

The Change the Game initiative established in February 2021 is centred around building equity through proven community investment streams, allowing for greater access to free sport programs, increased support of community partners, deeper empowerment within communities, and increased opportunities for leadership in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion.

“Earlier this summer, we learned what Ontario’s youth want and need from sport programming post-pandemic through the Change the Game research study. Investing in organizations that address those needs is one way we are building sport back better,” said Tanya Mruck, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation and MLSE LaunchPad. “We are eager to partner with these grant recipients so that together, we can use the power of sport to empower youth facing barriers reach their potential.”

Launched in 2016, MLSE Foundation’s Community Action Grant program provides 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. Eligible organizations apply under one of the following pillars: Healthy Body, focusing on increasing physical literacy and levels of physical activity through high-quality sport experiences; Healthy Mind, which concentrates on programming that provides safe physical and psychological spaces with opportunities to belong; Ready For School, which integrates sport and academics; and Ready For Work, which concentrates on job-readiness through training that combines classroom and sport learning. Over the past 10 years, MLSE Foundation has raised and invested more than $45 million into Ontario communities.

Over 250 organizations submitted applications for funding this year, which were reviewed by MLSE Foundation’s Selection Circle, an external adjudication committee comprised of diverse industry experts, youth and past recipients. After 230 review hours, community consultations, support calls and writing workshops, 24 organizations were selected as this year’s recipients.

See all Community Action Grant recipients at mlsefoundation.org/how-we-give/community-grants.

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Contacts: Charzie Abendanio, MLSE, charzie.abendanio@mlse.com, Tel: (416) 970-4613

Victoria Malisani, MLSE, victoria.malisani@mlse.com, Tel : (416) 312-5656

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Monday, August 30, 2021

MLSE FOUNDATION COMMITS OVER $1 MILLION TO 24 ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH THE 2021 COMMUNITY ACTION GRANT PROGRAM

MLSE Foundation announced today the 24 recipients of the 2021 Community Action Grant program. The investment exceeding $1 million is part of the Change the Game campaign promise that aims to raise and commit $30 million over the next four years. The Community Action Grant program supports Ontario-based organizations using sport and recreation to build healthy communities, with Black and Indigenous youth as priority demographics.

The Change the Game initiative established in February 2021 is centred around building equity through proven community investment streams, allowing for greater access to free sport programs, increased support of community partners, deeper empowerment within communities, and increased opportunities for leadership in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion.

“Earlier this summer, we learned what Ontario’s youth want and need from sport programming post-pandemic through the Change the Game research study. Investing in organizations that address those needs is one way we are building sport back better,” said Tanya Mruck, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation and MLSE LaunchPad. “We are eager to partner with these grant recipients so that together, we can use the power of sport to empower youth facing barriers reach their potential.”

Launched in 2016, MLSE Foundation’s Community Action Grant program provides 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. Eligible organizations apply under one of the following pillars: Healthy Body, focusing on increasing physical literacy and levels of physical activity through high-quality sport experiences; Healthy Mind, which concentrates on programming that provides safe physical and psychological spaces with opportunities to belong; Ready For School, which integrates sport and academics; and Ready For Work, which concentrates on job-readiness through training that combines classroom and sport learning. Over the past 10 years, MLSE Foundation has raised and invested more than $45 million into Ontario communities.

Over 250 organizations submitted applications for funding this year, which were reviewed by MLSE Foundation’s Selection Circle, an external adjudication committee comprised of diverse industry experts, youth and past recipients. After 230 review hours, community consultations, support calls and writing workshops, 24 organizations were selected as this year’s recipients.

See all Community Action Grant recipients at mlsefoundation.org/how-we-give/community-grants.

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Contacts: Charzie Abendanio, MLSE, charzie.abendanio@mlse.com, Tel: (416) 970-4613

Victoria Malisani, MLSE, victoria.malisani@mlse.com, Tel : (416) 312-5656

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