The Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO) is seeking applications for its Women & Girls Sports Fund (WGSF) to increase opportunities for women and girls to participate in sport, recreation, and physical activity while empowering through increased confidence, capacity and knowledge.
The fund is also focused on removing barriers, providing access to resources and decreasing at-risk behaviours, which can have long-term negative consequences, through education and support.
- The WGSF aligns with the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action, which identifies four social development needs of Indigenous communities: improved health, education, employability, and reduced at-risk behaviour.
- The goal of the funding is to support Indigenous women and girls to access and utilize sport, recreation, physical activity and wellness programming to address these four outcomes, by developing opportunities that lead to:
- Regular and ongoing sport and recreation participation;
- Increasing leadership opportunities for women and girls in sport, through training and certification programs for activity leaders such as recreation professionals, teachers, coaches, instructors, officials and volunteers;
- Acquiring adequate equipment to enhance community programming for women and girls, or create programming specifically for that population, if none previously exists;
- Strengthening connections in a meaningful way through positive relationship-building and interactions;
- Encouraging reflection as a guide for continuous improvement, providing relevant activities and planning that enhance a holistic sense of wellness for participants;
- Offering/adapting sport opportunities and delivery to meet the needs of Indigenous women and girls; and
- Building overall capacity and empowering women and girls, through sport.
- Eligible applicants are invited to apply for funding in the amount of $5,000 to support new, existing and/or expanded projects that address a community social development need by directly supporting new or continued sport, recreation, and physical activity participation opportunities for Indigenous women and girls, in their communities.
- First Nation, Métis or Inuit (FNMI) community associations located in Ontario;
- Established Indigenous women and girls or youth groups focused on women and girls in Ontario;
- Indigenous not-for-profit organizations located in Ontario;
- A First Nation, Inuit, or Métis governing body, an Indigenous provincial/territorial organization or authority in Ontario; or
- Not-for-profit organizations, clubs, and associations, located in Ontario, that directly influence organized sport delivery in Indigenous communities, in consultation and collaboration with those communities.
For more information, visit https://iswo.ca/community/womenandgirlssportfund/