Funding Sources

Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program - Deadline May 26, 2017

The Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program partners with more than 85 First Nations communities and urban Aboriginal organizations across Canada to deliver safe, fun and educational programming for Aboriginal children and youth. Each uniquely tailored play-based program is designed to enhance educational outcomes, improve peer-to-peer relationships, increase employability and improve physical and mental health amongst Aboriginal children and youth.

By applying for the PLAY Program your community and/or urban organization can receive:

  • Financial support to pay for up to half a local youth worker's salary to implement the PLAY Program;
  • Financial support to pay for up to $8000 in program expenses;
  • Specialized coaching and training from Right To Play staff;
  • Extensive professional development opportunities for youth workers including participation in three workshops with other PLAY Program youth workers from across the country.

Collaborative to Support 35 On The Land Projects in 2017

This year, the NWT On The Land Collaborative will distribute $634,845 to 35 projects across the territory that connect NWT residents with their land, culture, and community. On the land programs promote community, family, and individual wellbeing, and are vital to healthy ecosystems and economies. 

Funded projects range from support for a canoe trip for grade nine students, for healing and wellness camps for youth in Rádeyįlįkóé (Fort Good Hope), Trails on the Land, a 10-day trip beginning in Tuktoyaktuk that will take youth and elders through the traditional hunting territory of their ancestors; a land-based youth mentorship project coordinated by the Deh Gah Gotine First Nation; a boating program for Tłįchǫ youth that teaches traditional knowledge and skills; and a hide tanning camp in Łutsel K’e. In addition to financial support, funded projects may also receive equipment, training, and program support.

Media Release

Hoop dreams come true:Toronto Raptors give $50K grant to Indigenous basketball program

The Thunder Hawks Indigenous basketball program at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay, Ont., which is run by the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, has been awarded a $50,000 Toronto Raptors Community Action Grant to help promote the sport both in the classroom and in the 24 remote First Nations communities it serves. Some of the money will go towards new equipment, uniforms and even running shoes.

Cathy Alex, CBC News

Equipment Grant: I·SPARC (The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council) - Deadline Apr 19

The Equipment Grant Program offers First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Aboriginal Friendships Centres across British Columbia the opportunity to apply for funds to purchase sport, recreation and/or physical activity equipment. The equipment must be used to promote healthy active lifestyles by reducing barriers and increasing access to sport, recreation and physical activity programs.

The Equipment Grant Program is delivered by I·SPARC - the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (formerly known as Aboriginal Sport, Recreation, and Physical Activity Partners Council) through each of its Regional Committees, inclusive of the Northwest, Northeast, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island regions. 

Canada Post Community Foundation for Children - Grant deadline April 5, 2017

Funding from the Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is now available. The annual grant application process is open, and the deadline to receive applications is April 5, 2017. Registered charities, school programs and community organizations are invited to apply for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation’s objective to support initiatives that benefit children.

S'cool Life Fund! - Deadline March 31, 2017

Available to Canadian non-tuition public elementary schools (K-8).

Since launching in 2005, the S'Cool Life Fund has provided grants for 975 D.R.E.A.M.S. (Drama, Recreation, Extra-Curricular, Arts, Music, or Sports) projects across the country worth almost $2.6million helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids (K-8).

Applications Open for Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Funding: Deadline Feb 1, 2017

Ontario is now accepting applications for the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, which supports new projects that will help people in communities across Ontario lead healthier lives. 

This grant program supports local, regional and provincial organizations that offer programs and services to keep Ontarians active in sport, recreation and physical activity. Applications are now being accepted for 2017-18 funding, and the deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on February 1.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2013, the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund has supported more than 410 projects across the province, which have helped 428,000 people get involved in physical activity.
  • More than $28.8 million has been invested through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund since the program was launched.
  • Making opportunities available for all people in Ontario to get involved in organized sport supports Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan.

Government of Ontario News Release

CAAWS Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund - Deadline Jan 6, 2017

The WISE Fund was created to help finance sport initiatives for girls and women and assist members of the sport community in Canada. The annual grant is primarily to support the development of women leaders and support organizations that are currently offering or creating sport programs targeted to girls and women. The Fund awards 10 recipients on an annual basis, valued at $1,000 each.

Swim to Survive® NWT Family Grant: Deadline Dec 9

The Swim to Survive® NWT Family Grant allows organizations working with families (i.e. schools, foster groups, churches, youth tournaments, etc) to apply to receive $850 to organize and host a free Swim to Survive® family event at one of the Regional Aquatic Training Centres (RATC’s).

NWT Parks and Recreation News

N7 Fund Grant: Deadline Dec 15, 2016

To be eligible to receive an N7 grant, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Nike N7 Fund makes grants of $15,000USD or $20,000USD.
  2. For U.S. applicants, you must be one of the following:
    • A 501(c)(3) public charity; A Federally-recognized Indian Tribe; or A school, but you must have a fiscal sponsor who has tax-exempt status.
  3. For Canadian applicants, you must be a non-profit entity.
  4. Program must serve the Native American or Aboriginal community. (No less than 90%)
  5. Have a sport or physical activity focus.
  6. Serve youth, ages 18 years of age and under.
  7. Agree to provide reports demonstrating results from N7 grant funds

Columbia Basin Recreation Infrastructure Grants - Application deadline Feb 15, 2017

Recreation Infrastructure Grants is a three-year, $9-million program that focuses on the construction of new and/or upgrades to existing recreational infrastructure in the Basin. The program will support community efforts to create recreational infrastructure that encourages residents to live more active, healthy lifestyles. This includes structures such as backcountry trail networks, swimming pools, ice rinks, curling arenas, sports fields and parks.

Learn more at

Eligible Projects: Projects that may be eligible to the program include, but are not limited to:

    • outdoor and indoor sport and recreation facilities, fields and parks
    • trails and greenways
    • capital projects that improve active transportation, such as bike lanes and pedestrian bridges
    • infrastructure that improves access to physical activity opportunities, such as pool lifts for aquatic facilities.

    Who Can Apply: Registered non-profit and public organizations, school districts, First Nations and local governments are eligible.

    Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. PT/2:00 p.m. MT.

    Partners raise $74,000 to revamp Port Rupert civic centre's gym

    The gym floors in the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre in Prince Rupert sparkle now thanks to a partnership between the Port of Prince Rupert through their Community Investment Fund, Northern Development Initiative Trust through its Community Halls and Recreation Facility program, and the City itself. Together the partners pooled $74,000 to refinish the surface of the gymnasium floor, upgrade lighting, and more.

    The Gymnasium is the focal point of the annual All Native Basketball Tournament and for many athletes in the Prince Rupert community.

    Shannon Lough, The Northern View

    First Nations Health Authority Winter Wellness Grants: Deadline Nov 10, 2016

    Organizations, schools and agencies that are engaged in direct health service delivery to BC First Nations and/or Aboriginal people may be eligible for funding to host a Community-Driven Winter Wellness Event or initiative. To be eligible the event or initiative must be held between: January 1 – February 17, 2017.  The deadline for applications is November 10, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
    The First Nations Health Authority envisions healthy, self-determining and vibrant BC First Nations children, families and communities playing an active role in decision-making regarding their personal and collective wellness. In line with Directive 1 - Community-Driven, Nation-Based, the FNHA is encouraging First Nations to create their own health event or initiative!

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