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Funding Opportunities

Recreation NL has collected a variety of grants and funding opportunities that will assist communities in providing quality recreational/physical activities and special events for their community.

If you would like to share a grant or funding opportunity that may be useful for other communities, please contact us.

Regional Wellness Coalitions

Regional Wellness Coalitions are networks consisting of community groups and organizations, schools, municipalities, and health authority programs that work together to promote wellness at the local level.

Each of the six coalitions offers a grant program at various times of the year to support community wellness projects and initiatives in areas such as:

  • healthy eating
  • physical activity
  • tobacco and vape-free living
  • injury prevention
  • mental health promotion
  • child and youth development
  • healthy environments
  • sexual health
  • health & literacy

Examples of projects include community gardens, outdoor classrooms, play groups, skipping clubs, food skills programs, bicycle rodeos, youth mentoring or leadership programs, intergenerational and cultural programs.

Contact the regional wellness coalition for your area for further information about funding availability, eligibility, criteria, and application deadlines.

Area of Funding

physical activity, events, seniors as well as other areas listed in the description

Funding Amounts

maximum of $1000-$1500 depending on the coalition

 

Learn More

The Recreation and Sport for Persons with a Disability Funding Program

Application Deadline: October 6, 2023 and February 23, 2024.

The Recreation and Sport for Persons with a Disability Funding Program, administered by Recreation NL, is a strategic initiative supported by the provincial government’s recreation and sport strategy, Active Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador (2007). Funding opportunities are available for elite athletes and teams for equipment and travel. Communities and recreation organizations can avail of funding for new program developments for persons with a disability.

Click below for detailed information on the guidelines and application.

Guidelines and Application 2023-2024

Click here for the Reporting Form

Learn More

Active Transportation Fund

The Active Transportation Fund (ATF) is a national, merit-based contribution program intended to support projects that improve active transportation infrastructure across Canada. Announced in March 2021, the Fund will make available $400 million over five years to help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges, as well as support Active Transportation planning and stakeholder engagement activities.

By increasing the amount and quality of active transportation infrastructure, the Fund’s goal is to generate economic, environmental and social “Triple bottom line” benefits for Canadians.

Learn more and apply here.

Learn More

Teen Challenge Physical Activity Funding Program

The Teen Challenge Physical Activity Funding Program is designed to support community-based organizations with providing active living opportunities to teens, aged 13-19.

Applicants can apply for:

1) $250 one-time teen physical activity event

2) $500 on-going teen active living program (i.e., 4-week program or longer)

Application Deadline: February 2, 2024

2024 Teen Challenge Funding Overview
2024 Teen Challenge Funding Application

Learn More

Capacity Grant Program

The Disability Policy Office is now accepting applications from non-profit, community-based organizations, incorporated municipalities, including Indigenous community governments and organizations.

These Capacity Grants are crucial to enable persons with disabilities to become fully engaged in their community and to lead transformative change towards more independence, self-management and genuine community inclusion. The enduring legacy of a capacity grant will be its impact over the long term and how it has affected the lives of persons with disabilities.

Applications will be accepted for work that will provide deliverables that prevent and remove barriers to inclusion in the province within the Government of Newfoundland and Labradors five strategic directions.

Please click here for more information and to apply.

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Active NL Fund

Organization: Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation
Description: The Active NL Fund is designed to support active healthy living.

Funding up to $10,000 is available to develop, deliver, purchase or upgrade active healthy living infrastructure, equipment, and initiatives targeted at increasing physical activity, sport, active recreation, and healthy eating for individuals of all ages.

The deadline for applications is October 31, 2023with funding decisions made up to March 31, 2024.

Learn More

Jumpstart Community Development Grants

Organization: Jumpstart
Description:In 2020, Jumpstart will accept grant applications for projects valued up to $500,000 (i.e. renovations, retrofits or construction of community facilities and venues) designed to enhance existing or new building plans for sport and recreation spaces with uniquely innovative solutions for inclusion and accessibility for children of all abilities.
Area of Funding: Physical Activity, Inclusion
Maximum Funding Amount: Unavailable

Learn More

Parasport Development Fund with the Canadian Paralympic

Organization: Parasport
Description: The Canadian Paralympic Committee offers several programs and resources to support your interest in Para sport. You will find resources such as lesson plans and the Paralympic Fundamentals Resource to help you bring para sport into your classroom or sport programming. You can also find information about funding that can support Para sport initiatives in your community.
Area of Funding: Physical Activity, Schools, Parasport
Maximum Funding Amount: Unavailable

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Specialized Program Fund

Organization: School Sports NL
Description: The Specialized Program fund is intended to help schools by providing funding in order to provide opportunities for under represented students to participate in extra-curricular non traditional sport, physical activity and recreation as an extra curricular program.  Grants range from $200-$500 . Grants are awarded yearly so if your school applies after the deadline it will be placed in consideration for the next school year. For more information on the grant criteria and the definition of an under represented student  please see the application please check our website.
Area of Funding: Physical Activity, Schools, non-traditional sport
Maximum Funding Amount: $200 – $500

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Inclusion Grant

Organization: Department of Advanced Skills and Education
Description: 
Inclusion Grants are established to enhance the inclusion of persons with disabilities and to enable greater participation in community opportunities through the removal of barriers. This is achieved by providing funding to eligible non-profit, community-based organizations to create or improve the accessibility of the built environment*. Inclusion Grants also offer funding to eligible non-profit, community-based organizations to provide disability-related accommodations to support participation in their events and meetings, such as sign language interpretation; Real time captioning; and audio support for assistive listening devices.

Area of Funding: inclusion, accessibility, physical activity, infrastructure
Maximum Funding Amount:  
up to $25,000.00

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Celebrate Canada Funding

Organization: Canadian Heritage
Description: Canadian Heritage provides financial support for activities organized during the Celebrate Canada period, from June 21 to July 1. These activities celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.
Area of Funding:
 Canada day celebrations,
Maximum Funding Amount: Not Specified

Learn More

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Organization: Canadian Heritage
Description: 
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. The Program will increase opportunities, through festivals and other events and projects, for local artists and artisans to be involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage.
Area of Funding:
 local festivals, community anniversaries, legacy fund
Maximum Funding Amount: $500,000 (dependent on the funding you are applying for)

Learn More

Atlantic Lotto Sponsorship Program

Organization: Atlantic Lottery
Description: Our sponsorship program lets us be involved in some of the causes and events that matter to Atlantic Canadians. A little smaller but no less important, are the events where communities come together. Think local festivals or events featuring food, entertainment and family fun. Community celebrations let us experience all that is uniquely Atlantic Canadian. When the fit is right, we’ll be there, jumping in to help celebrate.
Area of Funding:
 Community Events, Festivals, Concerts
Maximum Funding Amount: not specified

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Student Summer Employment Program

Organization: Dept. of Advance Education and Skills
Description: The Student Summer Employment Programs (SSEP) provides funding to assist Private Sector employers and Not-for-Profit Organizations to create summer jobs for students.
Area of Funding: Post Secondary: minimum subsidy period is five (5) weeks and the maximum subsidy period is 12 weeks. Students must work at least 25 hours per week in order for the employer to maintain the subsidy.
High School Students: the minimum subsidy period is four (4) weeks and the maximum subsidy period is eight (8) weeks. Students must work at least 20 hours per week in order for the employer to maintain the subsidy.
Maximum Funding Amount:

  • The subsidy for Not-for-Profit Organizations approved under these programs will be 100% of the current minimum wage plus 15% to help cover the mandatory employment related costs (MERCs).
  • The subsidy for private sector employers shall be $5 towards the hourly wage.
  • All payments required by law are the responsibility of the employer, including Income Tax, Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan (CPP), assessments under the Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Act and holiday pay.

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Canada Summer Jobs

Organization: Service Canada
Description: Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
Area of Funding: summer students, youth
Maximum Funding Amount: not for profit – up to 100%, Public or Private sector – 50% of minimum wage

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Student Work and Service Program (SWASP)

Organization: Dept. of Advanced Education and Skills
Description: A program that enables students to work in their home community during the summer, develop transferable skills, explore career interests and help nonprofits carry out their programs for a 280-hour placement (8 weeks)
Area of Funding: students, recreation coordinators, after school programs
Maximum Funding Amount: employers receive $5.00 per hour towards salary plus a $50.00 tuition voucher per week.

Learn More

Student Summer Employment Program

Organization: Dept. of Advance Education and Skills
Description: The Student Summer Employment Programs (SSEP) provides funding to assist Private Sector employers and Not-for-Profit Organizations to create summer jobs for students.
Area of Funding: Post Secondary: minimum subsidy period is five (5) weeks and the maximum subsidy period is 12 weeks. Students must work at least 25 hours per week in order for the employer to maintain the subsidy.
High School Students: the minimum subsidy period is four (4) weeks and the maximum subsidy period is eight (8) weeks. Students must work at least 20 hours per week in order for the employer to maintain the subsidy.
Maximum Funding Amount:

  • The subsidy for Not-for-Profit Organizations approved under these programs will be 100% of the current minimum wage plus 15% to help cover the mandatory employment related costs (MERCs).
  • The subsidy for private sector employers shall be $5 towards the hourly wage.
  • All payments required by law are the responsibility of the employer, including Income Tax, Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan (CPP), assessments under the Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Act and holiday pay.

Learn More

Canada Summer Jobs

Organization: Service Canada
Description: Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
Area of Funding: summer students, youth
Maximum Funding Amount: not for profit – up to 100%, Public or Private sector – 50% of minimum wage

Learn More

Student Work and Service Program (SWASP)

Organization: Dept. of Advanced Education and Skills
Description: A program that enables students to work in their home community during the summer, develop transferable skills, explore career interests and help nonprofits carry out their programs for a 280-hour placement (8 weeks)
Area of Funding: students, recreation coordinators, after school programs
Maximum Funding Amount: employers receive $5.00 per hour towards salary plus a $50.00 tuition voucher per week.

Learn More

Celebrate Canada Funding

Organization: Canadian Heritage
Description: Canadian Heritage provides financial support for activities organized during the Celebrate Canada period, from June 21 to July 1. These activities celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.
Area of Funding:
 Canada day celebrations,
Maximum Funding Amount: Not Specified

Learn More

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Organization: Canadian Heritage
Description: 
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. The Program will increase opportunities, through festivals and other events and projects, for local artists and artisans to be involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage.
Area of Funding:
 local festivals, community anniversaries, legacy fund
Maximum Funding Amount: $500,000 (dependent on the funding you are applying for)

Learn More

Atlantic Lotto Sponsorship Program

Organization: Atlantic Lottery
Description: Our sponsorship program lets us be involved in some of the causes and events that matter to Atlantic Canadians. A little smaller but no less important, are the events where communities come together. Think local festivals or events featuring food, entertainment and family fun. Community celebrations let us experience all that is uniquely Atlantic Canadian. When the fit is right, we’ll be there, jumping in to help celebrate.
Area of Funding:
 Community Events, Festivals, Concerts
Maximum Funding Amount: not specified

Learn More

The Recreation and Sport for Persons with a Disability Funding Program

Application Deadline: October 6, 2023 and February 23, 2024.

The Recreation and Sport for Persons with a Disability Funding Program, administered by Recreation NL, is a strategic initiative supported by the provincial government’s recreation and sport strategy, Active Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador (2007). Funding opportunities are available for elite athletes and teams for equipment and travel. Communities and recreation organizations can avail of funding for new program developments for persons with a disability.

Click below for detailed information on the guidelines and application.

Guidelines and Application 2023-2024

Click here for the Reporting Form

Learn More

Capacity Grant Program

The Disability Policy Office is now accepting applications from non-profit, community-based organizations, incorporated municipalities, including Indigenous community governments and organizations.

These Capacity Grants are crucial to enable persons with disabilities to become fully engaged in their community and to lead transformative change towards more independence, self-management and genuine community inclusion. The enduring legacy of a capacity grant will be its impact over the long term and how it has affected the lives of persons with disabilities.

Applications will be accepted for work that will provide deliverables that prevent and remove barriers to inclusion in the province within the Government of Newfoundland and Labradors five strategic directions.

Please click here for more information and to apply.

Learn More

Jumpstart Community Development Grants

Organization: Jumpstart
Description:In 2020, Jumpstart will accept grant applications for projects valued up to $500,000 (i.e. renovations, retrofits or construction of community facilities and venues) designed to enhance existing or new building plans for sport and recreation spaces with uniquely innovative solutions for inclusion and accessibility for children of all abilities.
Area of Funding: Physical Activity, Inclusion
Maximum Funding Amount: Unavailable

Learn More

Parasport Development Fund with the Canadian Paralympic

Organization: Parasport
Description: The Canadian Paralympic Committee offers several programs and resources to support your interest in Para sport. You will find resources such as lesson plans and the Paralympic Fundamentals Resource to help you bring para sport into your classroom or sport programming. You can also find information about funding that can support Para sport initiatives in your community.
Area of Funding: Physical Activity, Schools, Parasport
Maximum Funding Amount: Unavailable

Learn More

Inclusion Grant

Organization: Department of Advanced Skills and Education
Description: 
Inclusion Grants are established to enhance the inclusion of persons with disabilities and to enable greater participation in community opportunities through the removal of barriers. This is achieved by providing funding to eligible non-profit, community-based organizations to create or improve the accessibility of the built environment*. Inclusion Grants also offer funding to eligible non-profit, community-based organizations to provide disability-related accommodations to support participation in their events and meetings, such as sign language interpretation; Real time captioning; and audio support for assistive listening devices.

Area of Funding: inclusion, accessibility, physical activity, infrastructure
Maximum Funding Amount:  
up to $25,000.00

Learn More

Active Transportation Fund

The Active Transportation Fund (ATF) is a national, merit-based contribution program intended to support projects that improve active transportation infrastructure across Canada. Announced in March 2021, the Fund will make available $400 million over five years to help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges, as well as support Active Transportation planning and stakeholder engagement activities.

By increasing the amount and quality of active transportation infrastructure, the Fund’s goal is to generate economic, environmental and social “Triple bottom line” benefits for Canadians.

Learn more and apply here.

Learn More

Active NL Fund

Organization: Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation
Description: The Active NL Fund is designed to support active healthy living.

Funding up to $10,000 is available to develop, deliver, purchase or upgrade active healthy living infrastructure, equipment, and initiatives targeted at increasing physical activity, sport, active recreation, and healthy eating for individuals of all ages.

The deadline for applications is October 31, 2023with funding decisions made up to March 31, 2024.

Learn More

Regional Wellness Coalitions

Regional Wellness Coalitions are networks consisting of community groups and organizations, schools, municipalities, and health authority programs that work together to promote wellness at the local level.

Each of the six coalitions offers a grant program at various times of the year to support community wellness projects and initiatives in areas such as:

  • healthy eating
  • physical activity
  • tobacco and vape-free living
  • injury prevention
  • mental health promotion
  • child and youth development
  • healthy environments
  • sexual health
  • health & literacy

Examples of projects include community gardens, outdoor classrooms, play groups, skipping clubs, food skills programs, bicycle rodeos, youth mentoring or leadership programs, intergenerational and cultural programs.

Contact the regional wellness coalition for your area for further information about funding availability, eligibility, criteria, and application deadlines.

Area of Funding

physical activity, events, seniors as well as other areas listed in the description

Funding Amounts

maximum of $1000-$1500 depending on the coalition

 

Learn More

Teen Challenge Physical Activity Funding Program

The Teen Challenge Physical Activity Funding Program is designed to support community-based organizations with providing active living opportunities to teens, aged 13-19.

Applicants can apply for:

1) $250 one-time teen physical activity event

2) $500 on-going teen active living program (i.e., 4-week program or longer)

Application Deadline: February 2, 2024

2024 Teen Challenge Funding Overview
2024 Teen Challenge Funding Application

Learn More

Specialized Program Fund

Organization: School Sports NL
Description: The Specialized Program fund is intended to help schools by providing funding in order to provide opportunities for under represented students to participate in extra-curricular non traditional sport, physical activity and recreation as an extra curricular program.  Grants range from $200-$500 . Grants are awarded yearly so if your school applies after the deadline it will be placed in consideration for the next school year. For more information on the grant criteria and the definition of an under represented student  please see the application please check our website.
Area of Funding: Physical Activity, Schools, non-traditional sport
Maximum Funding Amount: $200 – $500

Learn More

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