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Ontario Sports and Recreation Communities Fund - Deadline is Approaching

Ontario Sports and Recreation Communities Fund - Deadline is Approaching

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

2016-17 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund

OSRCF Goals

The focus of the OSRCF is active community sport and recreation. The fund supports initiatives that meet one or more of the following goals:

  • To increase opportunities for participation in PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.
  • To embed PHYSICAL LITERACY throughout sport and recreation as a foundation for lifelong physical activity.
  • To increase the CAPACITY of the sport and recreation sector to deliver quality sport and recreation programming.

OSRCF Objectives

  • Demonstrate alignment with one or more of Stages One, Two, Three and Seven (Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train, and Active for Life) of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Continuum.
  • Encourage an inactive population to become active.
  • Increased physical literacy for project participants.
  • Support quality accessible and safe programing.
  • Remove barriers and improve access to opportunities for targeted populations.
  • Enhance outreach and engagement with targeted groups to meet identified needs.
  • Improve safety standards and risk management policies and procedures.
  • Train leadership, staff and volunteers to enhance capacity to deliver quality sport and recreation programming.
  • Share best practices through strong networks. 

OSRCF Eligibility Criteria

  • Who can apply? Incorporated not-for-profit organizations (this includes First Nations, Local Services Boards and municipalities).
  • Universities/colleges are eligible to apply in the provincial stream for applied research projects which focus on physical literacy.
  • Partnerships are highly recommended; project applications demonstrating effective partnerships may be given additional consideration.
  • Target populations include: Aboriginal persons; children (0-12); youth (13-24); Francophone communities; ethnic communities; low-income persons; older adults (55-64); seniors (65+); persons with disabilities; women and girls.

OSRCF Streams

  • Local/Regional projects address community needs.
  • Provincial projects encompass the province as a whole, with an impact across all four Ministry regions: North, Central, East, and West.  Note: If a project does not target all regions, it is not classified as a Provincial project and should be submitted as a Local/Regional project.
  • If you are an eligible Provincial or Multi-Sport Organization (PSO/MSO) that is applying for an OSRCF Provincial Stream project you must apply through the new streamlined PSO/MSO PROJECT FUNDING APPLICATION FORM on the Grants Ontario System.

OSRCF Funding Framework

  • Projects will be eligible for one-year or two-year funding
  • Projects serving communities with a population greater than 20,000: may receive up to 60% of eligible project costs
  • Projects serving communities with a population of 20,000 or less: may receive up to 80% of eligible project costs
  • All applicants must provide a minimum cash contribution of 10% of total eligible project expenses. Remaining costs must be identified from other revenue sources such as partners’ contributions of cash or in kind contributions. 

OSRCF Sample Projects

  • Adopt or extend an existing Quality Assurance program for sport, recreation or physical activity programming.
  • Develop municipal planning tools that align with the LTAD Continuum and serves to increase and sustain participation in sport and recreation.
  • Develop and coordinate a community-of-practice to share knowledge and resources.
  • Create and implement an equitable access policy that includes tracking program/facility fees and addresses financial barriers.
  • Implement existing toolkits in targeted groups that currently have limited or no access to physical activity programs.
  • Develop low-impact activity programs for seniors.
  • Implement an inter-generational program which encourages families to explore local trails.
  • Plan and implement a physical literacy embedded program for children and youth from targeted groups.
  • Provide certification or training to instructors, staff and volunteers related to stages one, two, three and seven of the LTAD Continuum.
  • Conduct applied research that develops a physical literacy curriculum for municipal sport and recreation programs.

Timelines

All Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm,  Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

For More Information:

  • For full program guidelines, application form and instructions, please visit the Grants Ontario website at www.grants.gov.on.ca
  • Note: Applicants are expected to consult with Ministry staff when preparing applications. Find appropriate Ministry OSRCF contacts at www.grants.gov.on.ca

Eligibility or acceptance of a completed application does not guarantee funding.

CONTACT:

Eva Salter
Regional Advisor
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

301 St.Paul St.
St.Catharines ON L2R 7R4
Tel: 1 800 263 2441 ext. 3 or 905 704 3953
eva.salter@ontario.ca

 

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