Grant and Funding Opportunities

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Recreation NL has collected a variety of grants and funding shutterstock_64772272opportunities below that will assist communities in providing quality recreational/physical activities and special events for their community.

If you have a grant or know of a grant that might be useful for other communities that would you would like to share please contact the Recreation NL office at (709) 729-3892 or email

Teen Challenge Physical Activity Funding

Organization: Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador

Description: A physical activity program delivered by a network of community-based organizations working together to break down the barriers that teens ages 13-19 face in getting active.

Maximum Funding Amount: $500 for on-going programs and $250 for one-time events.

Hear & Achieve Inclusion Grant

Organization: Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland & Labrador
Description: The purpose of CHHA-NL’s “Hear & Achieve Inclusion Grant” is to assist children, youth, & young adults (25 years of age) who have hearing loss to overcome barriers when participating in extra-curricular & other community activities. The grant is meant to assist with the purchase of equipment or technology that enables accommodation of hearing loss during participation in these activities.

Recreation & Sport for Persons with a Disability Funding Program

Organization: Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador
Description: The Recreation & Sport for Persons with a Disability Funding Program aims to increase support, remove barriers and develop actions to support individuals with physical disabilities to participate in recreation and compete in sport activities. This program is cost shared between the Federal Government, Sport Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development through a bi-lateral agreement.
The funding program has three components that community groups and organizations can apply for including; Equipment, Travel Assistance, and Recreation & Sport Development Initiative/Project.
Maximum Funding Amount: Dependant on which component you are applying for.

GRO1000 Grassroots Grants Award Program

Company: Scotts Canada Limited
Description:  The Grassroots Grants program, now in its seventh year, provides support to not-for-profit organizations to better their neighborhoods through the development of community-based gardens and greenspaces.

The grants are part of the larger GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program, which is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to create over 1,000 community-based gardens and green spaces in Canada, the U.S., and Europe by 2018, the company’s 150th anniversary. To date, more than 830 community projects have received GRO1000 funding, including 54 community-based gardens in Canada.

More information on the grants here:

Community Healthy Living Fund

Organization: Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development
Description: The Community Healthy Living Fund offers support to communities, community groups, recreation committees and organizations to plan and deliver initiatives to improve the health and well-being of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and to enhance opportunities for people to live healthy, active lifestyles.

The new Community Healthy Living Fund replaces the following provincial grant programs:

  • Seniors Recreation Grant Program
  • Provincial Health and Wellness Grant Program
  • Age-Friendly NL Organization Grant Program
  • Community Recreation Support Program (Capital Grant, Physical Activity Equipment Grant and Community Recreation Development Grant).
    Maximum Funding Amount: Dependant on which component you are applying for.

Rick Hansen Access4All

Organization: Rick Hansen Foundation

Description: To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the 30th anniversary of the Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation is launching an Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative to inspire and empower youth and community leaders across the country to create a more inclusive and accessible Canada.

With funding support from the Government of Canada, the Rick Hansen Foundation will grant $1.7 million to schools and community groups to help Canadians activate a minimum of 50 large-scale “Barrier Buster” infrastructure improvement projects and awareness building events in their communities.

These Barrier Buster projects will help remove physical barriers in schools and communities spaces and create awareness about accessibility all across Canada.

RBC Learn to Play Project Grants

Organization: RBC, in partnership with Canadian Sport For Life, ParticipACTION and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Description: The RBC Learn to Play Project provides grants to organizations and communities in support of building the physical literacy of Canada’s kids and youth. There are two types of grants that you can apply for including; Community Action Grants and Leadership Grants.
Maximum Amount of Funding:
 Between $1,000.00 and $25,000.00

Community Regional Wellness Grants 

Organization: Dept. of Health and Community Services
Description: The Community Grants is designed to support groups and organizations in the region who are working to promote wellness in their communities and to foster partnerships among community groups.  Partnering with at least one other group is an expectation of your project (PLEASE NOTE you must be a member of the regional coalition to receive funding).
Area of Funding: physical activity, healthy eating, community wellness events, travel
Maximum Funding Amount: $1,000


Canadian Tire Jumpstart 

Organization: Canadian Tire
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation. We help cover registration, equipment and/or transportation costs.
Area of Funding:
children, youth, recreational programs, transportation, registration
Maximum Funding Amount: Not Specified


Community Addictions Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Fund 

Organization: Dept. of Health and Community Services
This fund supports projects and programs that seek to reduce problematic substance use, promote mental health, address stigma, and provide effective prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement strategies
Area of Funding:
physical activity, equipment, travel, accommodations, recreational activities
Maximum Funding Amount: Not Specified


IceCaps Care Foundation 

Organization: St. John’s Icecaps
The IceCaps Care Foundation is pleased to offer its support through in-kind donations or financial grants to registered charitable organizations (as defined by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency) who focus their activities on educational initiatives, health and wellness and youth programs.
Area of Funding:
health and wellness, physical activity, youth
Maximum Funding Amount: Not Specified


Organization: Sport NL
KidSport™, a children’s charitable program, was initially established in 1993 by Sport BC. The conception of KidSport™ was due to recognition that barriers including the rising costs for sport registration fees and equipment were negatively affecting children’s participation in sport, especially kids from challenging backgrounds. KidSport™ believes in the fundamental values and benefits that sport provides.
Area of Funding:
equipment, registration fees, children and youth, physical activity, sport
Maximum Funding Amount: Not Specified


National Travel Subsidy 

Organization: Dept. Children, Seniors and Social Development
Description: This program is designed to provide financial assistance for travel and accommodations only, to athletes and teams (Youth / Junior – Under 21) who travel to Atlantic or Eastern Canadian Championships outside of the Province, that are mandatory competitions for that sport’s National Competition. This program is also designed for athletes and teams attending the National Sport Organization’s sanctioned age group national event.

Area of Funding: sport, physical activity, travel, accommodations, competition
Maximum Funding Amount: $6,000


Goals and Dreams Fund

Organization: NHL Players Association
Description: NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund provides equipment grants to volunteer-based, grassroots hockey programs for up to 50 children.
Area of Funding:
equipment, children, youth, hockey
Maximum Funding Amount: $2,000


RBC After School Grant 

Organization: RBC
We want the learning to continue after the school bell rings. Since 1999, we have committed millions of dollars to after school programs across Canada that provide a safe environment where kids can develop social skills and self-esteem.
Area of Funding:
after school programs, children, youth, physical activity, recreation, inclusion
Maximum Funding Amount: Not Specified


RCMP Foundation General

Organization: Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
The RCMP Foundation’s commitment to supporting programs in aid of Canada’s youth at risk has been in operation for the past 18 years, and has contributed more than 3 million dollars to over 670 programs in communities across Canada. The programs address the constantly increasing challenges facing youth today, in communities large and small, and across all social sectors including bullying, suicide, internet safety, poverty, lack of self-esteem, social skills, etc.
Area of Funding:
travel, transportation, salaries, infrastructure, inclusion, youth
Maximum Funding Amount: $10,000

Canada Post Community Foundation 

Organization: Canada Post
Organizations applying for project funding should either be based in the community or rely significantly on community resources to undertake the activities proposed or to achieve the objectives stated. Projects should involve capacity-building activities and could include hiring and/or training staff or covering costs directly related to the delivery of a program such as mileage, facilities rental, or communications activities.
Area of Funding:
Staff, schools, disabilities, physical activity, playgrounds, after school programs, etc.
Maximum Funding Amount:
Up to $50,000.00