Playground Grants and Funding Opportunities

Building, updating and maintaining a playground takes money, but there are several organizations across in Canada that allocate funds for playground projects through playground grants. Since grants are financial aid that does not have to be repaid, it’s essentially free money and a way to boost or jumpstart your playground budget.  Playground grants can assist you with receiving the funds you need to make your project come to life.  While we don't offer grants directly, we have provided you with a list of grants broken down by Province. Contact us for further grant support.

 

Canada

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Accessibility Grant

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

 http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/content/microsites/jumpstart/en/community-accessibility-grants.html 

 

KaBOOM: Let's Play Dream Playground 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/lets_play_dream_playground

 

Enabling Accessibility Fund

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

 

Community Foundations of Canada

The Healthy Communities Initiative will provide funding to a broad range of organizations, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and nonprofits, for projects, programming and services that help communities create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options and provide innovative digital solutions.

http://communityfoundations.ca/

 

 

Canada Post Community Foundation

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.ca/web/en/pages/aboutus/communityfoundation/criteria.page

 

Good Life Kids Foundation

For kids and youth with special needs, the path to getting active isn’t always as simple as joining the local sports team or signing up for lessons around the corner. Our Grant Program has been able to help by providing funding to support ongoing physical activity and fitness opportunities through local, provincial and national registered charities across Canada.

https://www.goodlifekids.com/the-grant-program/

 

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.avivacommunityfund.org/

 

Rick Hansen 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. 

http://www.rickhansen.com/Our-Work/Grant-Programs

 

Honda Canada Foundation (HCF)

dedicated to enhancing the lives and social well-being of Canadian communities by investing responsibly in organizations that share our vision and values.  By helping charities registered with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA), our goals include Recognizing and responding to the changing needs of our communities, Investing in the people and the charitable groups that make a difference and maximizing the usefulness of our involvement. 

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

 

TD Friends of the Environment 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/

 

Richardson Foundation Grant

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/

 

Western Financial Group Western Communities Foundation

The Western Communities Foundation, a not-for-profit that partners with other charitable programs focusing on health, public housing, education and recreation, is a pillar of their organization.  Western Financial Group supports the communities in which we live and do business. The foundation has positively affected infrastructure, services and community pride.

https://westernfinancialgroup.ca/Our-foundation

 

FCC AgriSpirit Fund

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

 

 

 

Manitoba

The Winnipeg Foundation

The Foundation’s main grants program which supports a wide range of community projects (Up to $100,000)

http://www.wpgfdn.org/Granting/ApplyforaGrant.aspx

 

The Community Incentive Grant Program (C.I.G.P.)

The Community Incentive Grant Program of the City of Winnipeg is designed to encourage non-profit community organizations to undertake improvements or purchase capital assets that are available for public use or will enhance public use of a space or facility.

https://winnipeg.ca/cms/recreation/cigp.stm

 

Co-op Community Spaces

Co-op Community Spaces has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. In keeping with our ongoing commitment to invest in the communities we serve, Co-op will contribute $1 million to help support projects that improve the places Canadians meet, play, learn and share. Since 2015, 147 local projects have been supported with $10.5 million dollars in capital funding.

http://crs.coopconnection.ca/communityspaces.html

 

Hometown Manitoba

This program provides financial support for rural and northern community projects initiated by local communities, organizations, co-operatives and businesses that enhance main street public places and building exteriors. The program also aims to promote unique identities and themes that define a community.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/rural-communities/economic-development/hometown-manitoba.html

  

Building Sustainable Communities Program

For capital projects with eligible project cost of over $150,000 (larger capital) a maximum provincial contribution of 50 per cent of eligible project costs incurred to complete the project has been increased to a maximum grant of up to $300,000.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/grants/faqs-bscp.html

 

Neighborhoods Alive

Neighbourhoods Alive! provides community organizations in designated neighbourhoods/communities with the support they need to revitalize their neighbourhoods. Neighbourhoods Alive! recognizes that often the best ideas for neighbourhood revitalization come from the community itself. The aim of Neighbourhoods Alive! is to support community ideas and goals with funding and planning assistance.

Neighbourhoods Alive! works with residents, community groups, schools, businesses and other local organizations.

https://www.gov.mb.ca/mr/bldgcomm/neighbourhoodsalive/index.html

 

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries supports a wide range of charitable, non-profit and community groups in meaningful, impactful ways – contributing millions of dollars, and thousands of employee volunteer hours, that add lasting value to the lives of Manitobans through festival and event sponsorships and donations.

http://www.mbll.ca/content/community-support

 

Manitoba Go

Access to Manitoba’s government grants.

http://www.mbll.ca/content/community-support

 

Tire Stewardship Manitoba (TSM)

The Tire Stewardship Manitoba (TSM) Community Demonstration and Innovations Grant Program provides funding for the use of recycled tire products made from Manitoba tires in projects delivered by local governments, post-secondary and research institutions, community and youth groups, Aboriginal organizations, and First Nation communities. Subject to funding availability matching grants up to project levels of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 are provided to communities and non-profit organizations to use and benefit from a wide range of recycled tire products.

http://www.tirestewardshipmb.ca/tire-recycling-manitoba/municipalities

 

 

 

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association

Recreation doesn't just happen. It takes dedicated people like YOU!  SPRA is here to champion our members in all you do to energize Saskatchewan and change lives - that includes providing grant money to help you do it!

http://spra.sk.ca/funding/spra-grants/

 

Community Initiatives Fund

The Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created by the Government of Saskatchewan through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act. CIF receives a portion of the net revenues from casinos Regina and Moose Jaw via the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation and distributes those proceeds to support community-based projects throughout Saskatchewan. Since our establishment in 1995, we have distributed more than $163 million to over 400 communities across the province. More than 10% of the province’s population, primarily children and youth, benefit annually from CIF’s support of these initiatives.

http://www.cifsask.org/grants/apply-here

 

Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Grants and Funding Guide

We know our industry relies heavily on grant opportunities to deliver important programs and services across the province.  To help you find the funding you need, SPRA has compiled over 180 unique opportunities specific to Sport, Culture and Recreation into our 2020-2021 Grants and Funding Opportunities Guide.

This guide is a great starting point for both professionals and volunteers working within our industry looking for grants to support projects, programs or initiatives.

https://www.spra.sk.ca/funding/grants-and-funding-guide/

 

Affinity Credit Union

Affinity Credit Union is committed to giving back to the communities they serve. They do this in a lot of different ways including sponsorships, donations and community funding.  AFF sees their involvement as more than just writing a cheque – it’s a collaboration. It’s about working together to make a difference and finding ways to improve life in our communities.

http://www.affinitycu.ca/meet-affinity/in-the-community/sponsorships

 

Cameco Corporation (Northern Saskatchewan)

One of the ways in which Comeco contributes to their community is through our community investment programs. Based on input from northern leaders and elders, priority is given to initiatives that focus on youth and are related to education, health/wellness and sports/recreation activities.

https://www.cameconorth.com/community/funding

 

SaskEnergy

SaskEnergy is committed to supporting non-profit organizations, improving the quality of life for those in need and finding ways to celebrate Saskatchewan’s diverse culture.

https://www.saskenergy.com/community/Sponsorships.asp

 

Saskatoon Community Foundation

Through the efforts of the Grants Committee, Saskatoon’s Community Foundation grants to over 200 different charities each year. Their grants support a wide range of community needs, including poverty, education, health, arts and culture, people with disabilities, environment, family, children and youth, and many other worthy causes that matter to the people of Saskatoon.

https://www.saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca/

 

Sask Lotteries Community Grant

The Sask Lotteries Community Grant Program assists non-profit, volunteer-led community organizations developing impactful and innovative sport, culture and recreation programs that meet the needs of the local community.  The program is a partnership involving the Government of Saskatchewan, Sask Sport, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.  Every year, these community grants help fund diverse programs and activities, such as youth beading programs, taekwondo clubs, music camps, hockey tournaments, Air Cadets, senior fitness classes, curling, swimming clubs and paint nights, to name just a few.

http://www.sasklotteries.ca/about-us/community-grant-program.htm

 

Sask Culture Grant Programs

Saskatchewan's Cultural sector offers many grant opportunities. Search our database to find one for you.

https://www.saskculture.ca/programs/funding-programs/our-grants  

 

Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation

The Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation allocates grant funding in order to enhance independence and well being of residents of the communities we support, allocates these funds with fairness, accountability and transparency and supports economic development, social development, justice initiatives, educational development, recreation facilities operation and development, senior and youth programs, cultural development, community infrastructure development and maintenance, health initiatives, and other charitable purposes.

www.dakotadunescdc.com/

 

Community Development Corporations (CDC) Grants

You may apply to a CDC for funding if your organization is located in a community that is near a Saskatchewan casino. Applications are available for First Nations and non-First Nations groups.  Recretional facilities operation & development, cultural development, community infrastructure development and maintenance are justsome areas that are considered for funding requests.

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/first-nations-metis-and-northern-community-businesses/gaming-trusts-and-grants

 

Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC) Community Development Corporation (CDC)

BATC Community Development Corporation will provide grants through support of catchment area projects for the development of healthy communities.

http://www.batc.ca/cdc.php

 

Northern Lights Community Development Corporation

The goals and objectives of the Northern Lights Community Development Corporation are “to facilitate the distribution of a portion of net proceeds derived from the Northern Lights Casino (or any successor thereof) located at the Peter Ballantyne Reserve No. 220, for charitable purposes to First Nations and Non-First Nations charities and organizations in the community in which the Corporation is located and in the surrounding areas.

http://www.nlcdc.ca/

 

Painted Hand Community Development Corporation

The Painted Hand Community Development Corporation invites applications from Charitable and Non Profit organizations for Yorkton Tribal Council and the cities of Yorkton, Melville and Secondary area for Economic Development, Social Development, Community Infrastructure Development &Maintenance, Educational Development, Recreational facilities Operation & Development and much more.

http://www.paintedhandcdc.ca/

 

 Medavie Health Foundation Grant

Through Medavie Health Foundation, they 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/

 

CN – Railroaders in the Community

At CN, giving back is not a slogan, it is our way of doing business, a way of being, and a spirit of caring that is shared by our railroading family.  The CN Railroaders in the Community program recognizes these acts of kindness by providing grants to the not-for-profit organizations’ employees choose to support through their volunteer efforts.

https://www.cn.ca/en/delivering-responsibly/community/cn-railroaders-community/

 

 

 

Northwestern Ontario

City of Thunder Bay Grants

The City of Thunder Bay offers several funding opportunities to qualified bodies, within specified criteria and guidelines.

https://www.thunderbay.ca/en/city-hall/grants-incentives-and-funding-programs.aspx

 

Ontario – Available Funding Opportunities

Read about the funding opportunities that are currently available and what you'll need to know to apply.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/available-funding-opportunities-ontario-government

 

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, they 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/