Community Sport Fund

The Community Sport Fund (CSF), part of ISWO’s Well Nation program, was developed to increase access to sport opportunities, support social and community development, and enhance wellness. The Community Sport Fund is available for projects submitted by  Indigenous communities, Indigenous organizations and not-for-profit organizations working in collaboration with Indigenous communities.

Grants from the fund are available to remote rural communities where sport opportunities are fewer, as well as to large urban Indigenous populations where low sport participation rates exist.

The ISWO Community Sport Fund is made possible through funding provided by the Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities (SSDIC) program by Sport Canada. The Community Sport Fund supports projects that contribute to the following four social development outcomes:

  • improved health and wellness;
  • improved education;
  • reduced at-risk behaviour; and
  • improved employability.

What type of programs are eligible for the CSF?

Community based amateur sport programs that consist of organized sport activities are eligible for the fund. Applications submitted must outline how the program will lead to new or continued sport participation opportunities, increasing the number of people involved in an organized sport in a community and increasing the capacity of the community to deliver additional or enhanced sport programming, as a direct result of this funding.

Who can apply for the CSF?

  • Indigenous bands or community associations in Ontario.
  • Established Indigenous youth groups in Ontario.
  • Urban Indigenous not-for-profit organizations in Ontario.
  • An Indigenous government in Ontario.
  • Indigenous communities in Ontario.
  • Other not-for-profit Indigenous organizations in Ontario.
  • Not-for-profit clubs and associations that directly deliver organized sport programs in Ontario Indigenous communities, in consultation and collaboration with those communities.

What are the timelines for the CSF?

The 2020-2021 Community Sport Fund (CSF) is now closed. Thank you to all of the communities and organizations that applied. Out of the almost 100 applications received, 16 projects were funded.