Sport has the power to transform lives, communities, and environments — far beyond competition. Team Canada Olympians show us their legacies can create positive change in the way we live, the way we treat each other, and the way we think about ourselves. We are pleased to launch the fourth edition of the OLY Legacy Grant supporting our commitment to making sport safe, inclusive and barrier-free. This is your chance to create a lasting, positive change in your community.
The OLY Canada Legacy Grant supports Olympian-led community programs designed to foster ethical, safe PODIUM dreams, empower positive, healthy PLAY, and support a sustainable PLANET.
HOW IT WORKS
7 grants, 7 projects
For this edition, seven grants of $10,000 each will be awarded to Team Canada Olympians committed to leading a not-for-profit initiative in their community. Those who can present ideas that best exemplify the Olympic Values are given preference. The grants will be awarded across three categories: Podium, Play and Planet. A minimum of two grants will be awarded to projects that support safe sport and at least one project will be awarded to a project that supports BIPOC communities through sport.
(See Grant Categories for detailed category descriptions)
Who can apply
Legacy Olympians retired from competition or active Olympians planning their career transition are encouraged to apply.
Each application is carefully evaluated based on its level of contribution to the COC’s purpose of transforming Canada through the power of sport by investing in OLY legacy work.
Eligible applicants can submit a maximum of one (1) project for this edition of the OLY Canada Legacy Grant Program. Each eligible project must be submitted to the COC using the application form. No other form of application will be accepted. All sections of the Application form must be complete and applicants must agree to the OLY Canada Legacy Grant Program Terms and Conditions to be valid.
The receipt of the OLY Canada Legacy Grant is conditional on the selected applicant entering an OLY Canada Legacy Grant Recipient Agreement. All applications must be submitted to the COC using the APPLICATION FORM by no later than Sunday, December 18, 2022, by 23:59 Eastern Time.
This category includes projects that help support safe, inclusive and barrier-free sport by strengthening the sport system, supporting the athlete journey and providing research and training. Examples of past projects that fall under this category include:
The Spirit of Trust Survivor-Led Programs: These virtual programs aim to ensure victims of maltreatment in sport in Canada have a safe place to go at any stage of their life-long healing journey.
The Coaching for Impact initiative: Increasing numbers of female leaders within sport by providing women the opportunity to begin their coaching careers, overcome financial and cultural intimidations, and give back to their respective communities.
This category includes projects that help make sport more accessible for youth and communities, encourage youth to stay in sport and ensure diversity at all levels of sport. An example of a past project that falls under this category:
Northern LYTES (Linking Youth to Elite Sport): This program was developed as a way to inspire Yukon athletes to continue working hard in their sport and be inspired by Olympians attending their camps.
This category includes projects that help make the planet a healthier place and support environmental sustainability. An example of a past project falling under this category:
Racing to Zero: This is a growing project/venture in the form of a sports environmental sustainability consulting firm. RTZ’s services include carbon emission measurement and analysis, hosting process improvement and providing sustainability education marketing and communications support to sport directors.
- November 23, 2022 – Program Launch
- December 18, 2022 – Program Application closes
- December 2022: Review of eligible applications and selection of the OLY Canada Legacy Grant recipients
- January 2023: Announcement of successful OLY Canada Legacy Grant recipients
*subject to change
To apply for this edition of the OLY Canada Legacy Grant, Team Canada Legacy Olympians and active Olympians applicant(s) must:
- Currently reside in Canada;
- Be in compliance with and not be under sanction under the Olympic Charter, the World Anti-Doping Code, COC Code to Address Maltreatment in Sport and COC Code of Ethics;
- Have received their OLY nominal letters from the World Olympians Association;
- Meet all other eligibility criteria set out in the OLY Canada Legacy Grant Program Terms and Conditions.
To be eligible for this edition of the OLY Canada Legacy Grant, project submitted by eligible applicants must:
- Fall under one of the OLY Canada Legacy Grant Categories;
- Be led and controlled primarily by the eligible applicant (or a group of eligible applicants);
- Be organized as a not-for-profit organization or otherwise directly supporting a community-based initiative despite being constituted through different incorporation/organization form;
- Be consistent with the values of the Olympic Charter, the World Anti-Doping Code, COC Code to Address Maltreatment in Sport and COC Code of Ethics;
- Be implemented primarily during the calendar year 2023; and
- Meet all criteria set out in the OLY Canada Legacy Grant Program Terms and Conditions.
All applications must be submitted to the COC using the APPLICATION FORM by no later than Sunday, December 18, 2022, by 23:59 Eastern Time.
If you have any questions regarding this program, you can always contact the Athlete Marketing & Olympian Legacy Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the 2020 OLY Canada Legacy Grant Recipients, click here. And to learn more about the 2021 OLY Canada Legacy Grant Recipients, click here.
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