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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


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.


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
  • Note: Applicants are expected to consult with Ministry staff when preparing applications. Find appropriate Ministry OSRCF contacts at

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


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



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