Looking forward to 2016-2017, the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) is now accepting applications. The OSRCF is a grant program working toward the goal of getting and keeping the people of Ontario active in community sports, recreation and physical activity.
The program proudly supports projects of up to two years in length that deliver high-quality programs and policies, fostering additional activities to keep residents physically active. In addition to the creation of programs and infrastructure, this grant also aims to embed physical literacy as a foundation for lifelong physical activity, hence enabling individuals to make healthier activity choices.
The 2015-2016 funds supported 125 projects across the province of Ontario, aiming to provide programs and services to over 350,000 participants. This grant program is part of the government’s four-part plan which includes investing in individual’s talents and skills, providing the largest investment in public infrastructure in the history of the province, the creation of an innovative business environment, as well as building a secure retirement savings plan for residents.
The deadline to apply for 2016-17 funding is quickly approaching and interested and eligible organizations are invited to apply using the Grants Ontario secure web-based application system. The final date for applications is January 21, 2016.
Since the fund’s inception in 2013, it has invested over $22 million, promoting well-being and physical activity. This past year’s recipients spanned a wide range of organizations and municipalities. Special Olympics Ontario received $224,419 and will engage 1,300 participants by delivering 40 Learn-to-Play programs in track and field, basketball, soccer and swimming.
Motivate Canada also received a substantial portion of the funding for use in their Motivate Canada Physical Literacy for Youth Leaders Project focused on training 36 qualified leaders to encourage positive behaviour change in youth.