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Playground Grants and Funding Opportunities

Raising funds for a new playground or any other recreational improvement for your community is hard work and can take time. With ABC Recreation’s help, you will not have to postpone your new playground due to lack of funding. We can assist you in the application process and help answer any questions you may have. In addition to the opportunities listed below, we also encourage you to look into any funding that may be available through your municipality (i.e., community foundations) or local recreation organization.

Take a look at our list of playground grants and funding opportunities below, and if you have any questions or need help with an application, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

CANADA

Richardson Foundation 

Through the Richardson Foundation, Richardson International and its various divisions support many different community initiatives, such as Splash parks, Playgrounds, Sports fields, Arenas, Community halls, and Volunteer Fire Departments.

https://www.richardson.ca/our-community/richardson-foundation

 

KABOOM! Grants

Since 1996, KABOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve more than 16,700 playgrounds across the country. We build playspaces in partnership with child-serving nonprofits and municipal agencies. Our projects are an incredible opportunity to build new and exciting places for kids and teens to play.

https://kaboom.org/grants#open

 

Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund invests in charitable community initiatives across Canada to strengthen the local community. There are two levels of funding for this grant, less than $50,000 and $50,000-$100,000.

https://www.aviva.ca/en/tools/acf/aviva-community-fund/

 

Enabling Accessibility Grant

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding to eligible capital projects that increase access for people with disabilities to Canadian communities and workplaces, which in turn creates opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities or access employment opportunities.

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/enabling-accessibility-fund.html

 

Canadian Tire Jumpstart 

Accessible grants that support the capital costs of construction and renovation projects aimed at helping kids of all abilities enjoy sport and play. 

https://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/pages/programs

 

Legacy of Play Contest – Opens August 10, 2021

The eighth annual Legacy of Play contest, sponsored by our partner Landscape Structures (LSI), will launch August 10, 2021. One winning Kiwanis club will receive US$25,000 in playground equipment. Plus, any club that enters and continues its project plans with LSI will receive a complimentary OmniSpin® Spinner, valued at US$8,500.

https://www.kiwanis.org/clubs/member-resources/events/legacy-of-play

 

TD Environmental Foundation Grant

The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs. Eligible projects include schoolyard greening, park revitalization, community gardens, park programming and citizen science initiatives.

https://www.td.com/ca/en/about-td/ready-commitment/funding/fef-grant/

 

Honda Canada Foundation (HCF)

The HCF is dedicated to enhancing the lives and social well-being of Canadian communities by investing responsibly in organizations that share their vision and values. By helping charities registered with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA), HCF’s goals include:

  • Recognizing and responding to the changing needs of communities
  • Investing in the people and charitable groups that make a difference
  • Maximizing the usefulness of their involvement

https://www.hondacanadafoundation.ca/apply-for-funding

 

Canada Post Community Foundation – Opens March 2022

The Community Foundation awards grants to Canadian schools, charities and community organizations that make a difference in the lives of children and youth, up to the age of 21.

https://www.canadapost-postescanada.ca/cpc/en/our-company/giving-back-to-our-communities/canada-post-community-foundation.page

 

FCC AgriSpirit Fund – Opens March 22, 2022

Do you have a capital project that will enrich lives in your rural community? The FCC AgriSpirit Fund may provide between $5,000 to $25,000 to projects that qualify in a city or town of fewer than 150,000 people, or an Indigenous community.

https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/community/giving-back/agrispirit-fund.html

ONTARIO

Parks and Recreation Ontario Funding Opportunities

View funding opportunities offered by Parks and Recreation Ontario.

https://www.prontario.org/membership/resources/funding

 

 

Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario government is investing in the arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation sectors to support Ontario’s recovery.

https://www.otf.ca/our-grants/community-building-fund

 

Medavie Health Foundation Grant

Through Medavie Health Foundation, we are focused on partnering with community-based initiatives that promote long-term lasting impacts in support of healthy living, adolescent mental health, and families impacted by post-traumatic stress.

https://www.medavie.ca/en/community-impact/grants/

NOVA SCOTIA

Community Recreation Capital Grant

This program assists in the development of small scale indoor and outdoor capital recreation projects, less than $25,000.

https://cch.novascotia.ca/community-recreation-capital-grant

 

Sports and Recreation Funding Programs

Sport and Recreation leads government efforts and collaborates with communities to improve the quality of life of Nova Scotians through sport and recreation. It supports the sector to develop an effective and integrated system of high-quality opportunities and supports for Nova Scotians to live actively.

https://cch.novascotia.ca/investing-in-our-future

 

Early Learning and Child Care Initiative – Outdoor Play Space Grant

These initiatives are focused on strengthening the social service system, enabling the government to improve outcomes for Nova Scotia’s youth, families, and communities.

https://novascotia.ca/coms/families/provider/documents/ECDS023_Outdoor_Play_Space_Grant_Terms_and_Conditions_V1.0.pdf

 

Recreation Facility Development Grant 

This grant is available for community groups, municipalities and other ‘not-for-profit’ organizations to develop facilities in order to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.

https://cch.novascotia.ca/recreation-facility-development-grant

 

Provincial Recreation/Physical Activity Project Funding

Project funding is designed to support provincial organizations to undertake initiatives that address specific recreation and physical activity priorities. Areas of priority include:

  • Active living
  • Inclusion and access
  • Connecting people and nature
  • Supportive environments
  • Recreation capacity

https://cch.novascotia.ca/provincial-recreationphysical-activity-project-funding

NEWFOUNDLAND

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador

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

http://www.recreationnl.com/grant-funding-opportunities/

NEW BRUNSWICK

Recreation New Brunswick Funding Opportunities

Choose from 13 different funding categories.

https://www.recreationnb.ca/funding-opportunities

 

Tourism, Heritage and Culture Funding Opportunities

Browse a variety of Provincial and Local/Regional grant opportunities.

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/thc/Sport/Content/funding-opportunities.html

 

Inclusive Community Recreation Infrastructure Fund

The Sport and Recreation Branch has developed the Inclusive Community Recreation Infrastructure Fund. The main goal of this grant is to support community recreation efforts that improves inclusion and access to recreation for populations that face constraints to participation.

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.201525.Regional_Grant_Program_-_Inclusive_Community_Recreation_Infrastructure_Fund.html

 

Active Communities Grant

This Program provides support for initiatives that raise awareness of the importance and enjoyment of physical activity and provide new or expanded opportunities for New Brunswickers to be active.

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/thc/services/services_renderer.201013.Physical_Activity_-_Active_Communities_Grant_.html

 

Sport & Recreation Organization Provincial Grant

Support is provided to assist with the growth and development of New Brunswick provincial organizations whose mandate includes the development of sport, recreation or active living opportunities.

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.201012.Sport_and_Recreation_Organizations_(Provincial_Grant).html#serviceDescription

 

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Cotton Trust Fund for Public Parks

The R.L. Cotton Trust Fund for Public Parks provides funding to support community organization with rural beautification and public recreation areas across Prince Edward Island.

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/cotton-trust-fund-public-parks

 

Wellness Grant Program

The Wellness Grant program has been designed to support local efforts to enhance community-based resources, systems, and networks that can positively influence health outcomes and make healthy choices easier for all Islanders. The program provides support for active engagement and collaborative approaches to addressing the social determinants of health and preventing chronic disease.

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/what-is-the-wellness-grant-program