Investment Funding Programs

CR announcement

IMPORTANT: The CFU is undertaking a review of its project funding grants programs (e.g., Access Equity and Human Rights, Community Festivals, Community Recreation, Community Safety, Service Development Partnership Investment) via the Community Investment Strategy Review.  

The 2016 grant application process has ended. 

We will accept applications for the new grant programs when they are launched in 2017. 

Please check back in spring 2017 for new grant program announcements and deadlines.

Community Recreation

The Community Recreation Investment Funding Program (Community Recreation) provides short-term funding to Toronto-based not-for-profit groups offering quality projects that a) increase participation in recreation, b) engage diverse residents reflective of their neighbourhoods, c) builds skills, and d) uses recreation as a tool to develop the physical and social health of Toronto's residents.

About Community Recreation

ExpandWhat's new?

SDFA is going to undertake a comprehensive review of Community Recreation, Community Festivals, Access, Equity & Human Rights (AEHR), Community Safety Investment (CSI), and Service Development & Improvement Program (SDIP) over the next 16 months, with the roll out of the new and/or revised grant programs in spring 2017. The purpose of the review is to:

  • Ensure that Community Investment Funding  programs are aligned with and advances the City's strategic priorities;
  • Find ways to better support new and emerging community groups; and,
  • Respond to the changing needs of the community sector.

To ensure seamless transition to the revised and/or new grant programs in 2017, the 2016 grant programs will cap multi-year funding to two years instead of three. As a result, 2016 community recreation funding is available for up to two years.

ExpandWhat do we fund?

For the City of Toronto, recreation includes a wide variety of activities; most involve physical activity, but some are also creative and cultural.

Community Recreation grants to not-for-profit groups that address a clearly defined recreation service gap or issue and reach those with the greatest need for recreation programs. Grants can be provided for projects that enhance an existing program or for brand new recreation projects.

Priority will be given to projects that effectively address some of the key areas identified in the Recreation Service Plan as needing continued focus such as youth, Aboriginal, newcomers, people with disabilities and seniors. We also encourage groups to offer recreation projects that further the following City strategies: a) seniors and intergenerational, b) youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime, c) newcomers, d) undocumented workers, and e) projects that take place in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs).

Guidelines and application resources

Documents to download for your application

The grant guidelines will provide you with information on all eligibility criteria. Please review it first if you are considering applying for funding or calling for further information.

Deadline for application is Wednesday, December 9, 2015 BY 11:59 PMLate applications will not be accepted.

Community Recreation
Investment Funding Guidelines
Grant Guidelines

Project Submission Questions – Your Working Copy 

(Please download and save to your computer to draft your answers before applying online.)

Project Submission Questions

Applicant Profile Questions 

(Please download and save to your computer to draft your answers before applying online.)

Applicant Profile Questions

Work Plan Template 

(MUST be attached to the online application by ALL applicants)

Work Plan

Two-Year Budget

(to be downloaded, completed and attached to the online Project Submission form ONLY if you are applying for a multi-year grant)

Two-year Budget

Organization Budget 

(MUST be attached to the online application by those organizations that do NOT have audited financial statement)

Organization Budget

Organization Application Approval Form 

(MUST be attached to the online application by ALL applicants)

Application Approval

Trustee Acknowledgement Form

(only for those groups that have identified their trustee in the application)

Trustee Acknowledgement
Working with a trustee/administrative partner guide  Trustee guide

Detailed Instructions: how to use the online grants system

(please download and have it accessible as you fill in your Applicant Profile and Project Submission forms online)

Instructions to use the online application

City of Toronto policies

Toronto Grants Policy Website Link

Declaration of Compliance with Anti-Harassment/Discrimination

Legislation & City Policy
Website Link

Community Recreation Information

Information for funded groups

Please contact your Agency Review Officer if you have any questions about your project activities, the grant or the reporting requirements.