Please note that the PowerPlay program has recently undergone changes. This page describes the new PowerPlay program and the relevant eligibility criteria. If you represent a community that is not First Nations or Métis, please visit our new Safe Community Grant Program page.

At Hydro One, one of our community investment goals is to help build strong, healthy and safe communities in Ontario. Our recently redesigned PowerPlay program aims to help create strong, healthy, safe and active lifestyles for children and youth in First Nations and Métis communities within Ontario by funding child- and youth-focused recreational facilities and equipment projects with grants up to $20,000.  

Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Designed to significantly improve the level of healthy and safe active living for Aboriginal children and youth (i.e. less than 18 year of age).
  • Located within a First Nation or Métis community serviced by Hydro One.
  • For building, renovating or installing:
    • Durable recreational equipment (e.g., soccer goals, basketball hoops, etc.);
    • Equipment or improvements to recreation facilities that enhance accessibility for differently-abled Aboriginal children and youth;
    • Indoor sports or recreational facilities (e.g., arenas, gymnasiums, etc.);
    • Outdoor recreational facilities (e.g., baseball fields, ice rinks, splash pads, etc.);
    • Playground structures;
    • Pow-Wow grounds; or
    • Street lighting that permit children and youth to be safe and active after dark.
  • Proposed initiatives must serve the community-at-large (i.e., not be part of a business or private club).
  • Have a high probability of successful completion within one year of the grant approval.

The PowerPlay program may provide grants up to $20,000. Hydro One reserves the right to decline any application or, if an application is approved, to provide only part of the requested funding.

Application Process

Applications for PowerPlay grants can be submitted at any time; however, there will be two rounds of review and grants per year based on the following schedule: 

Round 1: for applications submitted from December 1 in the previous year through May 31 in the current year;

Round 2: for applications submitted from June 1 through November 30.

The review and decision-making process may take up to 60 days from the close of the submission period.

In order to ensure an equitable distribution of funding, please note that Hydro One reserves the right to decline applications from communities who have recently received a PowerPlay grant

In the event an application is approved and funding is committed but the project is unable to proceed immediately, Hydro One will provide a letter of support to the grantee indicating Hydro One's support and promised funding for the project. The Company will hold committed funds for a maximum of twelve (12) months. Should the project not be able to move forward in that time, Hydro One's funding commitment will be withdrawn.

Tips for a successful PowerPlay application:

  1. Develop a plan for your project. If you are thinking about a large project, break your plan into phases or smaller "chunks". If we are unable to fund your entire project, we may be able to support one or more phases or pieces of it.
  2. Consult with vendors / suppliers by showing them your plan and getting their feedback. They can tell you if your plan is realistic and achievable. Get an estimate on what it will cost for them to do the work.
  3. Prepare a project budget based on your plan and the cost estimates you've received.
  4. Compare your plan and budget against our eligibility criteria. Proposals that meet our criteria have a much better chance of being funded.
  5. Submit an online application form to complete your application.
  6. Be patient. Depending when you apply, it may take several months to hear back from us.

Questions about PowerPlay? Please send an email to CommunityInvestment@HydroOne.com.

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