guide to grants


This list is not meant to serve as a complete listing of available grants, but as an informative area highlighting a few of the available grants we commonly work with in our specific industry.  

Grants are a great fit for many organizations, but be sure to do your research and ensure the prospective grant is right for you and your business.  In addition to providing much needed funds, grants not only instill confidence in key stakeholders and management, but also provide a great deal of confidence to any investors by validating future expenditures.


Experience OntarioExperience Ontario 2024 supports in-person festivals or events in Ontario that will:

  • Offer programming that encourages people to travel, experience events in person and celebrate Ontario.
  • Draw tourists and increase visitor spending through innovative programming in partnership with businesses and community partners.
  • Provide job opportunities for Ontarians in the tourism, culture, and entertainment sectors.
  • Increase Ontario’s profile through various media channels


Program application and overview.


Heritage Organization Development Grant –  The Heritage Organization Development Grant (HODG) is an annual, statutory-based operating grant designed to promote public awareness of Ontario’s rich and diverse heritage. The program provides local historical societies, smaller community museums and other heritage associations.  Learn more about the opportunity.


Ontario Trillium Fund – This fund invests in community-based initiatives that help build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario. Every year, more than 3,000 applications are received, and over $110 million in grants is awarded to some 1,300 public benefit sector organizations.


MLSE Foundation Community Action GrantGrant funds are dedicated to supporting Ontario-based organizations who are using sport and recreation to build a more equitable tomorrow. Community Action Grants  enable us to grant up to $50,000 to organizations that are creating positive outcomes for youth in physical health, mental health, academic achievement, and work readiness.


Grants for Special Needs FundingThe Ministry of Education allocates funding to Ontario’s 72 district school boards. In addition to the Pupil Foundation Grant and other grants within Grants for Student Needs (GSN) funding, the ministry allocates funding for students with special education needs through the Special Education Grant. School boards can use other allocations of the GSN to support students with special education needs. The goal is to ensure equity in access to learning for all students with special education needs.


 Halton Regional Community Investment FundThe Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF) supports non-profit human service programs that enhance the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents. The HRCIF provides $4.0 million in annual funding.


The Fund provides single year and multi-year grants to programs and initiatives through two categories of funding. Applications for HRCIF funding must focus on supporting residents who are vulnerable to negative health and social outcomes.




Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation Association – The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association provides funding to many provincial, regional and local recreation organizations.

british columbia

Vancouver Sport Hosting Grants – The Vancouver Sport Hosting grant provides financial support for sporting events that have the potential to bring direct or indirect economic, social, health, and community development benefits to Vancouver.


Victoria Foundation – This website comprises a great list of available grants in British Columbia funded by both municipal and provincial programs.


 Manitoba Sport Event Hosting Program: The Sport Event Hosting Program supports eligible sport organizations in hosting amateur championships and tournaments across Manitoba.


Provincial Grants – View all of Manitoba’s provincial grant opportunities. 


The Winnipeg Foundation – Referred to as 360-degree granting because the foundation supports the full spectrum of charitable needs in their community — from play structures at early learning centres to programming for isolated seniors.


Alberta Culture & Tourism – The government of Alberta has several grant programs and foundations that assist these groups in their efforts.


Edmonton Community Foundation – Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) provides grants and student awards in excess of $10 million annually, primarily in the Edmonton area.


Community Foundation of Lethbridge & Southwestern Alberta – The Community Foundation has been helping, supporting, and investing into southwestern Alberta since 1966. Through our close connections with the charitable sector, we are able to provide effective grants that improve the quality of life in our community.

National (Canada)

JumpStart by Canadian Tire – Their Community Development Grants have two funding streams: Program Support and Operational Support. Grants must help organizations develop or sustain sports and recreation programming for kids between the ages of 4-18 in financial need or youth with disabilities between the ages of 4-25.


Kraft Hockeyville – A competition designed to find which Canadian hockey community stands above all the others. The Kraft Hockeyville
2024 competition aims to rally people together and help protect the future of hockey in Canada, because communities build hockey and hockey builds communities.

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