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. For 2014-15, OSRCF will give priority consideration to applied research projects focusing on physical literacy.
Ministry-recognized PSOs and MSOs are eligible to apply for provincial projects and must submit documentation or a web link demonstrating organizational alignment with levels 1-3 and 7 of the CS4L framework in program design, development and delivery. Documentation could include a CS4L implementation plan, program alignment audits, and/or partnerships with recreation program stakeholders such as municipalities, schools and private recreation providers.
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.
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.