Community Coaching Grant

2023 Applications Now Closed

To help coaches cover the rising costs for organized sports, CAO and Hydro One have launched the 2023 Community Coaching Grant! To ensure young people can continue to enjoy their favourite sports, eligible coaches and organizations can apply to purchase tools they need to keep the costs of sport affordable, while keeping safety top of mind.

The grant application period runs from May 31, 2023 – June 25, 2023 @ 11:59pm EST.
Those selected for a grant will be notified in August, 2023. 

Funding Available

  • At least 32 grants of up to $1,000 CDN in funding per recipient.


  • Individual sport coaches in Ontario
  • Open to coaches of all levels and contexts of sport in Ontario (i.e., community, competitive, high performance)
  • Organizations in Ontario applying on behalf of a group of coaches within an organization directly benefitting from the funds

Examples of Eligible Expenses

  • Safety training (i.e., NCCP training, other safety focused training either eLearning or in-person, consultant/speaker delivering a workshop)
  • New equipment for your team to replace outdated and unsafe equipment (i.e., replacing mats/nets/racquets/balls/sport specific equipment needed for safety purposes such as gloves, pads, helmets, etc.)
  • Any other expenses that you can demonstrate directly contribute to safe sport environment

Past expenses incurred PRIOR to acceptance, if applicable, are not eligible.
Expenses must be incurred during the grant period of August 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024 and proof of purchase is required. 


  • Applications open May 31, 2023
  • Applications close June 25, 2023 @ 11:59pm EST
  • Recipients notified August, 2023
  • Grant expenses incurred between August 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024

Full Program Guidelines

CLICK HERE to download and review the full program guidelines.

Past Recipients