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Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019

Gender Equity in Recreational Sport

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association
CPRA is implementing a number of initiatives, informed by best practices and evidence, in an effort to increase the participation and retention of women and girls in recreational sport in Canada. This effort supports the Government of Canada (Sport Canada) funding commitment to achieve gender equity in sport at every level by 2035.

  • Canadian municipalities, villages, towns
  • First Nations, M├ętis, Inuit or other Indigenous communities
  • Not for Profit Organizations are invited to apply, but must include a Letter of Support which clearly demonstrates the direct partnership with the city/village/town/municipality/community that their project proposal will serve
  • Eligible communities may submit a maximum of two (2) applications per funding cycle 

Funds Available
This funding opportunity will have a minimum of three annual intakes over the course of 2019-2022.  It is anticipated that in the first year (2019-20), a minimum of 35 grants will be awarded in three categories:
  1. 15 grants worth up to a maximum of $2,500 each (up to $37,500 in total)
  2. 13 grants worth up to a maximum of $5,000 each (up to $65,000 in total)
  3. 7 grants worth up to a maximum of $15,000 each (up to $105,000 in total)

Allowable Costs
  • Participant training/registration fees
  • Venue costs/room rental fees
  • Contractor fees and honoraria
  • Direct marketing and communications costs to promote the initiative (writing, translation, graphic design, printing, etc.)
  • Travel costs related to carrying out the initiative
  • Promotion (distribution, mailing, web, social media, etc.)
  • Materials and office supplies
  • General support costs to implement policy changes and new approaches

Ineligible Costs
  • Capital costs
  • Prize money or awards
  • Alcohol
  • Insurance costs

Review Process

An external Review Team will adjudicate the applications received via the CPRA Gender Equity in Recreational Sport: Community Grants Initiative.

Evaluation Criteria
  • Assessment and peer review will utilize the following evaluation criteria:
  • Potential Impact
  • Demonstration that the project aligns with the Community Grant objectives
  • Demonstration of a specific link to barriers faced by one of these groups: girls (age 9-15); moms (post-natal and with school age children); women 55+ or girls with intersecting identify -factors and intergenerational programs
  • Demonstration that the project aims to increase participation opportunities and retention for girls and women in recreational sport
  • Feasibility
  • Demonstration that the intervention plan/design/timeline is appropriate, realistic, and feasible
  • Demonstration that an evidence-based model/approach is used in the proposal
  • Demonstration that the applicant(s) have the skills, knowledge, expertise and capacity to complete the work proposed

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online
Incomplete applications, applications submitted by email or late applications will not be accepted
For assistance with completing your application, please visit our FAQ page
Funding Decisions and Important Dates
All applicants will be notified by CPRA of their funding decision
All funding decisions are final
Application Deadline: December 15, 2019
Notice of Decision: January 15, 2020
Conditions of Funding
Successful candidates must confirm that:
The organization has not already received any federal funding to support the same activities described in the application
The organization will comply with reporting and evaluation requirements as requested by CPRA
The proposed project will be completed within 52 weeks
The organization will confirm their intent to move forward with the project within five (5) working days of the date of offer of funding, or the offer may be withdrawn

Successful candidates must submit the following documents according to the schedule below:
Signed contract with CPRA: within two weeks (14 days) of receipt
Final Activity Report and Claim Form: within 30 days from the completion of the project

Communication Requirements

Successful applicants must acknowledge the CPRA and the Government of Canada’s financial support in all communications. 

Official Languages
CPRA encourages applicants to submit proposals in English or French and commits to ensuring high quality review of applications submitted in either official language.

Funding Partners

CPRA: The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is a national organization dedicated to realizing the full potential of parks and recreation as a major contributor to community health and vibrancy. Membership includes the 13 provincial and territorial parks and recreation associations and their extensive networks of service providers in over 90% of Canadian communities. CPRA collaborates with a host of other national organizations operating in the recreation, physical activity, environmental, facilities, sport, public health, crime prevention and social services arenas. Over the course of its 60-year history, CPRA has become a credible and strong national leader in our sector. In addition to our advocacy on the benefits of parks and recreation, we provide our members with the information, resources and the professional development they can use to make a difference in their own community. Through broad-based community involvement, we find solutions to social challenges, influence policy direction and generate momentum towards community quality of life.
Government of Canada: This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada.

This effort is part of the Government of Canada (Sport Canada) funding commitment to achieve gender equity in sport at every level by 2035.
Contact Name: Canadian Parks and Recreation Association
Contact Phone: 613.523.5315
Contact Email:
Subject Area(s): Recreation, Parks and Culture
Last Reviewed: November 18, 2019, 12:47 pm
Deadline: Sunday, December 15, 2019
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