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2015 Funding Opportunity--Active Outdoor Play, Lawson Foundation

Deadline July 14, 2015

We invite letters of intent from registered charities across Canada to increase children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings – at home, in school, in child care, the community and nature.

The Lawson Foundation began to fund and learn about active outdoor play through two earlier projects (the former Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Cards on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth , and a Physical Activity topic for the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development). Further, over the last two years we have invested in the development of three published academic papers (risky play, outdoor time, active outdoor play), the ParticipACTION 2015 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth and the recently released Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play from a multi-sectoral group of 14 pan-Canadian stakeholder organizations and academics vested in this issue.

This Canada-wide call for applications about active outdoor play builds on those investments and the ongoing work of stakeholders. This call is exploratory in nature as we seek to better understand how to support Canadian communities to foster children’s opportunities for unstructured outdoor play. We hope to engage with great ideas and organizations delivering community programs, services, and supports, as well as policy and research initiatives in the broad areas of active/outdoor/unstructured/self-directed/risky play.

We will be sharing our process and learning on our blog as the work unfolds.

For more information visit Topics include

  • What are the funding criteria?
  • What are the exclusions from the funding?
  • How will projects be selected?
  • How does the application process work?
  • What are the timelines for this funding call?
  • How much funding is available?
  • Terminology

For more information about the Lawson Foundation please review our website ( and our renewed strategic direction (

Submission deadline: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm EDT