Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund - Deadline, February 20

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. Deadline for local / regional projects is Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm EST. For more information, visit www.grants.gov.on.ca.

Community Partnership Minor Capital Program

The Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is an initiative available for minor capital improvements to city-owned parks, recreation and cultural facilities on a cost-sharing basis with community groups.

Examples include: play equipment, basketball courts, park furniture, tree planting, landscape improvements, minor community facility improvements, etc.

The Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is an initiative to implement minor capital improvements to parks and recreation facilities on a cost-sharing basis. The City’s budget for the program is set annually and funding is apportioned by district based on population.

The program can be applied to a variety of capital projects which result in the development of fixed assets. This grant is not intended for the purchase of expendable recreation equipment, i.e. art supplies, tables, chairs etc. or to finance park or facility maintenance costs.

Who can apply for a grant?

  • community groups
  • sports organizations
  • cultural groups
  • school councils/parent teacher associations

What projects are eligible?

  • minor capital recreational and cultural projects on City property which result in the development of fixed assets, i.e. play equipment, basketball courts, park furniture, tree planting, landscape improvements, minor community facility improvements, etc. 
  • projects on school land and other public lands are eligible provided the landowner provides financial and operational support as identified in the guidelines.

How does the program work?

  • City matches the community contribution for projects on City property to a maximum of $7,500 or 50% of the total cost of the project. 
  • City’s total contribution to a project on school board land or other public land will be up to one-third of the total cost of the project, to a maximum of $7,500. The balance of the capital cost will come from the community group alone, or together with the landowner.

Projects on school board land and other public lands that are accessible to the general public may also be eligible. Deadline: May 1. Information: ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424, ext. 23169.

The next deadline to apply is September 1.

It's that time again! Register now to celebrate 20 years of Cleaning the Capital

The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Spring Cleaning the Capital campaign, which will take place from April 15 until May 15.

Spring Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa beautiful.

Register early!

Early bird registration is now open for the event. Volunteers who register their cleanup project during this period, which takes place between March 15 and April 14, have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Regular registration ends May 15th.

Community Projects

Registration is quick and easy. First, select a cleanup location, such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area requiring tidying up. Projects can include litter pickup or graffiti removal. Then go to ottawa.ca to register for the cleanup. Following the event, submit an online cleanup report by May 31 to be eligible for more prizes from our sponsors.

Cleanup starter kits for litter pickup and graffiti removal projects are available to all registered volunteers upon request. Litter pickup starter kits include: disposable vinyl gloves, garbage bags as well as leaf and yard waste bags. Graffiti removal starter kits include graffiti removal wipes and gloves. All kits come with helpful project and safety information to guide your cleanup project.

Building community and volunteerism

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti and litter free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

Since the program’s inception n 1994, over 856,000 volunteers have participated in 13,100 cleanup projects throughout the city. As a result, an estimated 1.48M kilograms of waste have been removed from public spaces by participating individuals, student groups, community associations, businesses, friends and families.

Register online at ottawa.ca/clean or by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).