Grants and Funding

City of Mississauga, Recreation Division, Community Grant Program

The Community Grants Program demonstrates City Council's commitment to the development of community based groups which advance the City's vision built on the strategic pillars, Move, Belong, Connect, Prosper and Green. The program funding is subject to Council approval and the funding amount may change annually. To provide greater flexibility and to be able to respond to current trends and needs the funding categories may change. The program assists not-for-profit groups by providing program grants in the sector of recreation and sports.

The funding categories are as follows:

Project Grants: Supports an intended event or activity taking place within a defined time period. Applicants may ask for up to $5,000 or up to 50 percent of the total project budget.

Operating Grant: Assists in the cost of general operation and program delivery. Applicants may ask for up to 65 percent of operating budget or up to $10,000 whichever is less. Deadlines vary from year to year.

Look for grant opportunities fall 2016.

Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario and Canada's largest granting foundation. More than $110 million is awarded annually to thousands not-for-profit and charitable organizations to build healthy and vibrant communities across the province.

The four investment grant streams are:

Seed - Starting projects at the idea or conceptual stage.
Grow - Building on the success of a proven model or program.
Capital - Broadening access to and improving community spaces.
Collective Impact - Bringing about fundamental change with collective action.

Deadlines vary for each investment stream.

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Grants Ontario

Grants Ontario is a source for grants provided by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The four grant opportunities include;

Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund
International Amateur Sport Hosting
Provincial/Multi-Sport Organizations Base Funding
Provincial/Multi-Sport Organizations Project Funding

Please see the website for details for each.

Forzani Group Foundation

A nationwide program, created to recognize organizations and schools that assist and support at-risk and disadvantaged families and youth between the ages of 5 to 18 who would benefit from the infusion of sports in their lives. This foundation provides financial support to other registered charities, Canadian amateur athletic associations and other qualified fitness, health and wellness organizations however the foundation does have a Calgary focus.

Forzani Group Foundation

MLSE Foundation

The MLSE Foundation believes that sport has the powerful ability to better the lives of children. Since 2009, they have invested more than $15 million dollars into upgrading sports facilities, providing program opportunities in their three core sports (hockey, basketball, and soccer) and giving to charitable organizations that offer sports and sport experiences to kids.

Each season, the MLSE Foundation works with corporate and community partners to provide sport programs, sport grants and sport space revitalization projects to communities across the GTA.

MLSE Foundation

National Hockey League Players Association Goals & Dreams

The NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund is the largest grassroots hockey assistance program in the world. Founded in 1999, NHLPA Goals & Dreams has contributed more than $22 million to grassroots hockey programs and related causes in 33 countries. Through the donation of equipment grants, the program has given more than 70,000 deserving children the opportunity to play hockey and benefit from the sport's commitment to teamwork, discipline and physical fitness.

National Hockey League Players Association Goals & Dreams

RBC Learn to Play

The RBC Learn to Play Project grants support building the physical literacy of Canada's kids and youth. RBC, ParticipACTION and the Public Health Agency of Canada will award grants to support two types of programs:

RBC Learn to Play Community Action Grants and RBC Learn to Skate Program will be awarded to local organizations that teach new skills or sports to kids and/or expose them to a multiple sports or multiple skills such as swimming or skating lessons. Programs eligible for funding include those that:

- Provide instruction/learning of a new skill or sport that the child/youth would otherwise not have an opportunity to experience; and/orEmphasize and expose children/youth to a multi-sport or multi-skill participation experience;

- Implement a new approach/delivery to sport and physical activity through the creation of programs.

RBC Learn to Play Leadership Grants will be awarded to community groups that are developing or implementing action plans to transform the way sport and physical activities are planned and delivered, such as programs that makes sports available for new immigrant youth.

RBC Learn to Play

Charity Gaming

The City of Mississauga's Charity Gaming office issues licences for bingos, raffles (with total prize value less than $50,000), break open ticket sales (within Mississauga), and bazaars, to eligible charitable or not-for-profit organizations which have been in business for more than one year and have shown that they provide a benefit to the Mississauga community. Licensed organizations must conduct and manage their events in accordance with licensing policies, terms and conditions and must fulfil all prescribed reporting and spending requirements.

City of Mississauga