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The following Canadian entities are eligible to apply to this Program:

  • Not for profit groups which deliver recreational sport programs
  • Community organizations
  • First Nations, Métis, Inuit or other Indigenous communities
  • Municipalities, cities, villages, towns, regional districts and other local governments**

** Please note: While cities, villages, towns and municipalities are strongly encouraged to apply, funding may only be distributed to community organizations and non-profit groups. A letter of support demonstrating the partnership between the applicant and community group will be required.

The only EXCEPTION to this clause is for municipalities that serve Indigenous communities in northern and remote regions where the municipality is the provider of recreational sport opportunities. In this case, no letter of support is required, and the municipality may receive funds directly.


The overarching goal of Reaching Each and Every One: A Community Sport Intervention is to support community level projects that remove barriers and increase recreational sport access, participation and retention rates for equity-deserving groups.

The Government of Canada defines Equity-Deserving Individuals and Groups as those facing significant barriers to participation in different facets of society, primarily due to policies and practices that produce inequitable treatment. This marginalization could be created by attitudinal, historic, social, economic, legal and/or environmental obstacles, based on such factors as age, ethnicity, disability, economic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and transgender status.

Below is a list of examples of eligible activities that would be supported by this program. This list is by no means exhaustive.

If you have questions about the eligibility of a project, please contact your Regional Project Manager.


  • Offer multi-week Introduction to Sport/ “Try-It” Programs in partnership with local sports organizations
  • Support equity-deserving participants in accessing registration and equipment funding
  • Provide registration materials and program delivery in the language of choice for the equity-deserving community
  • Locally host focus groups to inform program design BY and WITH equity deserving groups
  • Provide cultural and/or religious supports for delivery
  • Provide gender appropriate programming options that encourage gender inclusion
  • Help newcomer children and youth find the right fit for sport in their community through physical ability
  • Develop relationships with organizations who are serving equity-deserving communities already
  • Support the translation of municipal resources and information packages to additional languages
  • Recruit, train, and support cultural champions who identify with equity-seeking groups to promote program opportunities
  • Provide local sport and recreation leaders/coaches/officials/parents with training opportunities to support inclusion and remove barriers