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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.

A new dedicated stream within the OSRCF called “Active for Life Recreation Stream” is giving more seniors the opportunity to participate in physical activities to support a healthy lifestyle.

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

Click below to see previous Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund projects.


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 application forms are found and submitted electronically through Grants Ontario at www.grants.gov.on.ca. Applicants must have a Grants Ontario account in order to apply. Setting up an account may take up to 5 business days so allow at least one week to register before starting the application process. You can refer to the How to create a new registration guide for instructions, which is found on the Grants Ontario website under “How to Register”. Once you are registered and have access, the next step is to complete an application through Grants Ontario. For help with this process, refer to the Grants Ontario System – Reference Guide for Applicants which is found on the Grants Ontario website under “How to Apply”.

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


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: April 17, 2018