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Request for Submissions--Growing Active Kids 2008

Toronto Community Foundation's Growing Active Kids grants program supports groups in Toronto that are working to increase access to high quality sports and recreational activities for children and youth.  Effective recreational programs support healthy development and help young people to connect to their community, interact with their peers, and develop their skills and leadership abilities. Grants of up to $15,000 are available for programs that meet the Growing Active Kids priorities:

  • Increasing Access: Recreation programs that enable participation by children and youth who otherwise might not have access due to cost or other barriers;
  • Encouraging Diversity: Programs that encourage diverse ethno-cultural participation;
  • Developing Leadership: Programs that encourage leadership and mentoring of youth and/or provide opportunities for young people to gain paid employment.

Who can apply?

The Growing Active Kids program is open to any registered charitable organization located in the City of Toronto offering programs that directly benefit children under the age of 18 who are residents of the City of Toronto.  Non-profit organizations that are not registered Canadian charities but that wish to submit an application should refer to the document "Information for Non-Profit Organizations Submitting Projects to the Toronto Community Foundation" for additional application requirements. The information sheet can be found on the Foundation's website on the Grants & Services for Charitable Organizations page at
What is the application process?

In order to make it easier for you to tell us about your recreation program, we have simplified our application process. The initial application consists of a letter no more than 2 pages plus required financial statements. Deadline for applications is Monday, February 18, 2008.

[NOTE: The deadline for GAK applications (guidelines below) falls this year on a statutory holiday. The Foundation office will be closed on the 18th but we will accept all GAK applications received by 5:00 p.m., February 19.]
The application guidelines and more information on this program, including profiles of previous Growing Active Kidsgrant recipients, can be found on the TCF website. can be found on the Foundation's website:

If you have any questions about the Growing Active Kids program or need advice before applying, please contact Mini Alakkatusery at (416) 921-2035 x205 (