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​PowerPlay helps create strong, healthy, safe and active lifestyles for First Nations and Métis youth across Ontario. To achieve this, we fund youth-focused recreational facilities and equipment projects with grants up to $20,000. 

Complete our 
online form to submit your application. 


Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Be designed to improve the level of healthy and safe active living for First Nations and Métis youth

  • Be located within a First Nation or Métis community we serve

  • Be for building, renovating, or installing any of the following:

    • Durable recreational equipment

    • Equipment for recreation facilities that enhance accessibility for First Nations and Métis youth

    • Indoor or outdoor recreational facilities

    • Playground structures

    • Pow-Wow grounds

    • Street lighting that permits 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. We reserve the right to decline any application or, if an application is approved, to provide only part of the requested funding.


Applications 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 the event an application is approved and funding is committed but the project is unable to proceed immediately, we will provide a letter of support to the grantee indicating our support and promised funding for the project. Your group may hold committed funds for a maximum of 12 months. Should the project not be able to move forward in that time, our funding commitment will be withdrawn.


  • Develop a plan for your project

  • Break your project plan into phases or small components. If we're unable to fund your entire project, we may be able to support one or more phases or pieces of it

  • Consult with vendors / suppliers. Show suppliers your plan and incorporate their feedback

  • Prepare a project budget based on your plan and the cost estimates you have received

  • Compare your plan and budget against our eligibility criteria. Proposals that meet our criteria have a better chance of being funded

  • Be patient. Depending when you apply, it may take several months to hear back from us

Questions about PowerPlay? Send us an email at