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Opportunity for Canada Nonprofits, Sports Organizations, Agencies, and First Nations to Promote Physical Activity Among Equity-Denied Populations

ParticipACTION Community Challenge


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Geographic Focus
Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/13/24 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Canada nonprofit, community, social service, and sports organizations, municipalities, schools, and First Nations to encourage physical activity among equity-denied populations. Funding is intended to promote active and healthy communities throughout Canada, to build awareness of the benefits of exercise, and to provide sports events with a wide reach.

The ParticipACTION Community Challenge is a national physical activity and sport initiative that encourages everyone in Canada to get active in search of Canada’s Most Active community. The fifth edition of the Community Challenge will take place in June 2024. The Community Challenge grants will support municipalities and community organizations to remove barriers and increase physical activity and sport participation and retention for equity-denied groups as part of the 2024 Community Challenge. 

The following factors will be considered in choosing successful applications:

  • The application must clearly outline the goal of removing barriers and increasing physical activity and sport participation and retention for equity-denied groups.
    • For the purpose of this grant, equity-denied groups are defined as: members of the Black, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQQIA+, and racialized communities, newcomers to Canada, low-income populations, and people with a disability.
  • The activity must take place in Canada.
  • The activity must take place within June 2024, either in its entirety or in part.
  • All recipients agree to register and track participants and activities on the ParticipACTION website during the challenge period. Registration will open in April while tracking will open on June 1st and remain open throughout the month of June. Both will be available on ParticipACTION’s website.
  • Recipients also agree to complete a mandatory post-event online report (survey) that will be shared via email during the month of July.
  • Failure to track and complete the report will make the organization ineligible for future grant applications with ParticipACTION. 

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria noted above, applications will be assessed based on the following considerations:

  • Demonstrate inclusive and equitable practices that maximize sport, recreation, and physical activity opportunities for equity-denied groups.
  • Demonstrate how the grant and your participation in the Community Challenge will help build your organization’s capacity to deliver physical activity and sport opportunities for equity-denied groups.
  • Demonstrate how you will provide a supportive, inclusive and safe environment for participants.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to connect with their local municipality to ensure they are aware you are participating and to encourage them to get involved by registering, promoting the Challenge and participating. The municipality is eligible to win the most active community in Canada prizes.
  • Events and programs are accessible to people of all abilities, at little or no cost.
  • Events and programs are strongly encouraged to use qualified instructors where appropriate (e.g., NCCP, First Aid, High Five, Physical Literacy 101, DAFA (French) or other skill development program certification).
  • Ability of the event or program to connect individuals with the ParticipACTION Community Challenge and encourage individuals to opt-in on the ParticipACTION website.

For information regarding eligible expenses, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
ParticipACTION invites the following types of organizations to apply for a grant:
- Municipalities
- Community, not-for-profit organizations and associations that meet eligibility guidelines as noted above
- Schools
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities
- National Sport Organizations, Multi-sport Organizations, provincial and local sport organizations
- Organizations that can reach targeted segments of the Canadian population - i.e. LGBTQ2S+, youth, seniors, individuals with disabilities, racialized groups, newcomers to Canada, groups representing rural areas, minority language communities, Indigenous groups, and low-income populations.
- Chapters, branches or locations from within the same organization may submit separate applications if they are hosting different programs or events during the Community Challenge timeframe.

Ineligible expenses include:
- Public year-end team celebrations and private parties
- Prize money or awards
- Capital expenditures (renovation, construction, computer equipment, etc.)
- Deficits incurred from past activities
- Banquets or alcohol
- Competitions or expenses incurred prior to funding support issued
- Expenses that have already been claimed against another grant submission or funding source

Pre-Proposal Conference
ParticipACTION will be hosting a webinar on January 24 (in English) and January 25 (in French) that will provide more information on how to complete a grant application.

To sign up for the webinar in English, please click here:

To sign up for the webinar in French. please click here:

Pre-Application Information
Grant applications will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, January 16th 2024, to 5:00p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13, 2024.

- Organizations will be notified of the final status of their application by March 22, 2024.
- One hundred percent of the funds will be distributed in one payment, with funds distributed by April 12, 2024.

Estimated Size of Grant
$500 - $1,500

Term of Contract
The activity must take place within June 2024, either in its entirety or in part.

Contact Information
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