The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) is a grant program that supports a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active in community sport, recreation and physical activity. The fund:
- increases opportunities for participation in sport and recreation by developing new programs or increasing access to existing programs to encourage individuals to become more active and keep those who are, engaged throughout their lives
- supports implementation of physical literacy as a foundation for lifelong physical activity among individuals enabling them to make healthier activity choices
- strengthens the community sport and recreation sector by providing training in areas such as coaching, youth development, and volunteer development to provide enhanced service and quality programming.
Through the support of projects that deliver high-quality programs and policies, the OSRCF provides Ontarians with more opportunities to become physically active, including groups who experience barriers to participating and those who are traditionally less active.
The program supports projects of one or two years in length, at both the Local/Regional and Provincial levels.
Incorporated not-for-profit organizations that can offer high-quality sport, recreation and physical activity programs and have operated and been incorporated for at least one year in Ontario (this includes First Nations, Local Services Boards and municipalities).
Universities/colleges are eligible to apply in the provincial stream for applied research projects that address emerging trends and priorities in the sport and recreation sector. Applied research projects must address needs identified by sport and recreation practitioners and assist in addressing barriers that hinder participation in sport and recreation. Listed project partners must include sport and recreation practitioners who commit to using the research findings in the development of future initiatives and programs. For 2014-15, OSRCF will give priority consideration to applied research projects focusing on physical literacy.
Ministry-recognized PSOs and MSOs are eligible to apply for provincial projects and must submit documentation or a web link demonstrating organizational alignment with levels 1-3 and 7 of the CS4L framework in program design, development and delivery. Documentation could include a CS4L implementation plan, program alignment audits, and/or partnerships with recreation program stakeholders such as municipalities, schools and private recreation providers.
Universities/colleges and PSOs/MSOs can only participate in local/ regional projects as a project partner. Applications will not be accepted from public health units, hospitals, government agencies, schools, individuals, for-profit organizations, or private foundations. Organizations whose purpose is related to political activity – as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency (www.cra-arc.gc.ca) are not eligible.
Partnerships are highly recommended. Project applications demonstrating effective partnerships may be given additional consideration. Each partner must be involved in one or more of project phases (planning, development, implementation and evaluation) and receive full copies of the project application, reports and products as soon as they are available.