Congratulations to the Spotlight Grant Recipients 

Canadian Women & Sport is proud to announce the recipients of the Spotlight Grant and provide 105 organizations from across Canada with a total of $1.7M in funding for initiatives aimed at increasing opportunities for girls, women and gender-diverse people to access the benefits of sport and physical activity.   

Our government has made it a priority to remove barriers to sport participation. Through our support for community sport, we are renewing our commitment to building stronger and healthier communities. Sport plays an important role in building self-esteem and leadership skills. It is a powerful tool for our youth to grow and thrive physically, emotionally and socially. Through our partnership with Canadian Women & Sport, more than a hundred sport organizations will receive support to help make sport more accessible and inclusive.

The Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec 

“These organizations are doing incredible work to remove barriers and expand opportunities for girls in sport. Targeted funding opportunities like the Spotlight Grant are essential to building an inclusive sport system. They help ensure all women, girls and gender-diverse people–including those who are Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQQIA+, who come from low-income communities, who are new to Canada, or who are living with disabilities–can access and enjoy the full benefits of sport.” 

Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of Canadian Women & Sport

The Spotlight Grant funds community sport and physical activity organizations who are working to remove barriers and expand opportunities for girls, women, and gender-diverse participants from the following communities:  

  • Black  
  • Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Other 
  • Low-income 
  • Persons with a disability 
  • Newcomers (in Canada 5 years or less) 
  • Racialized 

Each recipient is a community-serving, non-profit or charity organizations led by, or directly serving girls, women and/or gender-diverse individuals from the priority communities. 

The Spotlight Grant is part of the Community Sport for All initiative which seeks to remove barriers and increase sport participation rates for underrepresented communities. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.