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Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund


The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) is a grant program that supports a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active in community sport, recreation and physical activity. The fund:

  • increases opportunities for physical activity in sport and recreation by developing new programs or increasing access to existing programs to encourage individuals to become more active and keep those who are, engaged throughout their lives
  • To embed physical literacy as a foundation for lifelong physical activity among individuals enabling them to make healthier activity choices
  • strengthens the community sport and recreation sector by providing training in areas such as coaching, youth development, and volunteer development to provide enhanced service and quality programming.

Through the support of projects that deliver high-quality programs and policies, the OSRCF provides Ontarians with more opportunities to become physically active, including groups who experience barriers to participating and those who are traditionally less active.

The program supports projects of one or two years in length, at both the Local/Regional and Provincial levels.

This year, we have a streamlined application process for all Provincial Sport and Multi-Sport Organizations looking to apply and have removed the requirement for a Letter of Intent for OSRCF. 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.

Click below to see 2015-16 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund recipients.

• 2015-16 Provincial Projects

• 2015-16 Local/Regional Projects – Central Region

• 2015-16 Local/Regional Projects – North Region

• 2015-16 Local/Regional Projects – East Region

• 2015-16 Local/Regional Projects – West Region

Click below to see 2014-15 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund recipients.

• 2014-15 Provincial Projects

• 2014-15 Local/Regional Projects – Central Region

• 2014-15 Local/Regional Projects – North Region

• 2014-15 Local/Regional Projects – East Region

• 2014-15 Local/Regional Projects – West Region

Click below to see 2013-14 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund recipients.

• 2013-14 Provincial Projects

• 2013-14 Local/Regional Projects – Central Region

• 2013-14 Local/Regional Projects – North Region

• 2013-14 Local/Regional Projects – East Region

• 2013-14 Local/Regional Projects – West Region


The application period is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

Incorporated not-for-profit organizations that can offer high-quality sport, recreation and physical activity programs and have operated and been incorporated for at least one year in Ontario (this includes First Nations, Local Services Boards and municipalities).

Universities/colleges are eligible to apply in the provincial stream for applied research projects that address emerging trends and priorities in the sport and recreation sector. Applied research projects must address needs identified by sport and recreation practitioners and assist in addressing barriers that hinder participation in sport and recreation. Listed project partners must include sport and recreation practitioners who commit to using the research findings in the development of future initiatives and programs.

Universities/colleges and PSOs/MSOs can only participate in local/ regional projects as a project partner. Applications will not be accepted from public health units, hospitals, government agencies, schools, individuals, for-profit organizations, or private foundations. Organizations whose purpose is related to political activity – as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency (www.cra-arc.gc.ca) are not eligible.

Partnerships are highly recommended. Project applications demonstrating effective partnerships may be given additional consideration. Each partner must be involved in one or more of project phases (planning, development, implementation and evaluation) and receive full copies of the project application, reports and products as soon as they are available.


Grants Ontario

All OSRCF application must be submitted electronically through Grants Ontario at www.grants.gov.on.ca. Applicants must have a Grants Ontario account in order to apply.

If you do not have a Grants Ontario account, you must first create a ONe-key account and then register for a Grants Ontario ID and password. Please visit www.grants.gov.on.ca and click on the “How to Apply” link for information on how to get an account. You can also refer to the Grants Ontario System Registration Guide for Applicants for instructions, which is also found on the Grants Ontario website under “Grants Ontario Help”. Once you are registered and have access, the next step is to complete an application through Grants Ontario.

Registration may take up to 5 business days so give yourself plenty of time to register before starting the application process. If you have any questions or difficulties during this process, do not hesitate to contact the Grants Ontario Customer Service Line at (416) 325-6691 or 1-855-216-3090, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, or by email at GrantsOntarioCS@Ontario.ca.

Program Guidelines

2016-17 Program Guidelines & Application Instructions

Electronic Funds Transfer Application Form (refer to page 24 of the Program Guidelines & Application Instructions)


For more Information:

Consultation with the appropriate Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport contact before applying is expected. Applicants may direct telephone or email inquiries to:

Local/Regional Projects – Regional Advisors

Contact information for your local Regional Advisor may be obtained by visiting the Regional Advisors – Culture, Sport & Recreation web page or contacting one of the following regional offices:

Regional Offices:

Central Region: 1-877-395-4105 / 416-314-6044
East Region: 1-800-267-9340 / 613-742-3360
North Region: 1-800-465-6861 / 807-475-1683
West Region: 1-800-265-2189 / 519-650-0200

Provincial Projects

To initiate contact with the Ministry please email OSRCF@Ontario.ca.

Last updated: January 21, 2016