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Research Funding Opportunities for Community Applicants

Our community funding program provides grants to community organizations that focus on breaking down barriers for community members to engage in physical activity and live a healthy lifestyle.

We offer two kinds of funding: Community Builder Grants for large-scale projects and Community Partner Grants for smaller one-off projects or events.

CPAC's advisory committee will only consider applications that are complete, fit the funding category, include all the required information and are submitted on time. If you are applying for project funding, you will be required to submit a final report when the project is complete and before you apply for any future grants.

Community Builder Grants

CPAC has three application intake periods each year: Jan. 1, May 1 and Sept. 1. Each round of funding has $5,000 committed to fund community applications. Successful applicants will be notified of funding by Jan. 15, May 15 or Sept. 15.

Topics

The grant could be used to:

  • Run a pilot program.
  • Create educational tools.
  • Develop an intervention.
  • Assess a need in your community for physical activity or healthy living.
  • Scale up a pilot program.
  • Implement a multi stage project.
  • Mobilize existing products or interventions.

Who can apply?

  • Ontario-based community organizations or collaborations between community organizations.
  • Academic organizations when partnered with a community organization.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us.

Schedule

2019 Intake #1: Jan. 1

  • Dec 1, 2018: Call for applications
  • Jan 1, 2019: Application submission deadline (4:30 p.m. EDT)
  • Jan 15, 2019: Funding notifications

2019 Intake #2: May 1

  • April 1, 2019: Call for applications
  • May 1, 2019: Application submission deadline (4:30 p.m. EDT)
  • May 15, 2019: Funding notifications

2019 Intake #3 - Sept. 1

  • Aug. 1, 2019: Call for applications
  • Sept. 1, 2019: Application submission deadline (4:30 pm EST)
  • Sept. 15, 2019: Funding notifications

Expectations

If a Community Builder Grant is accepted, it is understood that CPAC Advisory Board members will review the application and will identify recognition opportunities. Some examples could include: 

  • Social media posts recognizing CPAC’s contribution to program/event 
  • CPAC logo and link on website 
  • Recognition in press releases
  • Logo placement on jerseys
  • Booth at event
  • Announcements during event (verbal) recognizing CPAC as a partner
  • Recognition in programs (full page, half page, quarter page)
  • Signage at event
  • Email/Newsletter recognition
  • Attendance at event
  • Logo recognition in “Thank You” ad following event
  • Opportunity to include promotional items in participant gift packs (CPAC cost)
  • Opportunity to address the audience during event
  • Event slideshow profile

Community Partner Grants

Community Partner Grants are designed for one-off small scale projects, events, or community members looking for assistance in line with our purpose, goals, and vision. Community members are encouraged to apply at any time as submissions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. CPAC will award Community Partner Grants up to $500. 

Topics

A Community Partner Grant could be used to:

  • Run a local tournament or event
  • Fund physical activity registration fees 
  • Purchase sporting equipment

Who can apply?

Any Ontario-based community member, organization, or team can apply for funding. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us. 

Expectations

If a Community Partner Grant is accepted, it is understood that CPAC Advisory Board members will review the application and will identify recognition opportunities. Typically for Community Partner Grants this consists of verbal or written acknowledgement at event/on website (if applicable), or acknowledgement on social media.

How do I apply for a Community Builder or Community Partner Grant?

Complete the application form to apply for a Sun Life Financial Centre for Physically Active Communities Community Builder or Community Partner Grant.

Please ensure you submit all required supporting documentation with your application in person or email (PDF or Word format only). If you need this form in a different format, please contact us.

Drop off completed applications in person, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to:

Sun Life Financial Centre for Physically Active Communities Community Grant.
Attn: Dr. Kim Dawson/ Nicole Vandermade
5th Floor Kinesiology Office
75 University Ave West, 
Bricker Academic Building
75 University Ave West
Waterloo, Ontario.

Submit completed applications by email (PDF or Word only) to Nicole Vandermade at nvandermade@wlu.ca.

Contact Us:

Nicole Vandermade, Program Coordinator

E: SunlifeCPAC@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3209