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Apply for Funding from Ontario Sailing

Ontario Sailing is very pleased to announce that our members can apply to us for funding up to $2000 for a grass roots program or event that will benefit growth within our sport.

Supported by a donation from the former Huntsville Sailing Club, this fund will be open to member clubs, schools and camps of Ontario Sailing.

Programs that could be considered include:

  • New youth programming
  • Programs for youth/adults with a disability
  • Capital work to benefit grass roots at your organization
  • Hosting of a program or event that will help grow your club/school /camp 

A simple email stating the following information is required

  1. The intended need for the funds
  2. The amount requested up to $2000
  3. Approval of your board to apply for the monies (letter signed by the Commodore)
  4. Name, address, club contact information
  5. You agree to Ontario Sailing highlighting your project on our website and social media 

In order to apply you must be

  1. A member in good standing with Ontario Sailing (current membership paid up).
  2. A not-for-profit or charity
  3. Agree to write a short report after the money has been used
  4. Recognize the support of Ontario Sailing on your website
  5. Due date is July 15th 2015 by 4pm 

Up to $2000 is available for each of the next 4 years (total of $8000). Consideration for projects over a two year period can be made.

The decision of an Ontario Sailing Board appointment committee will be final.

The panel may choose to fund multiple applications.

Please send your application via email to:

Glenn Lethbridge, Executive Director


DEADLINE:  July 15th 2015 by 4pm EST


If you have any questions, please contact Glenn at the above email or give him a call at 1-888-672-7245 ext. 224. 



"RHODA'S KIDS" Bursary Fund


The Ontario Sailing's Board of Directors approved the creation of the Ontario Sailing "RHODA'S KIDS" Bursary Fund in March 2013.  This Bursary Fund honours a special individual and her contributions to sailing.

The "Rhoda's KIDS" Bursary Fund supports the development of sailors aged 10 to 16 years old who reside in Ontario who demonstrate a keen enthusiasm for learning to sail.

Applications for funding are still open!

Deadline extended to August 1, 2015.

CLICK HERE for your application!




Rhoda Ironside passed away in November of 2011. However, Rhoda's spirit remains strong and vibrant at in the Thornbury/Meaford communities where she and her husband Derry started Sail Georgian Bay over a decade ago.


Rhoda was the volunteer founder and director of Sail Georgian Bay. Rhoda clearly touched many people's lives - especially the hundreds of children and teens who attended and continue to attend Sail Georgian Bay every summer. Her deep passion for sailing and skiing was infectious; her commitment to making a difference was unstoppable and her ability to being a person of her word was unwavering. Many will miss Rhoda's wit, tenacity and radiant smile.


In the years leading up to the creation of Sail Georgian Bay, Rhoda was involved in grassroots sailing programs for several decades helping with a Learn to Sail program at Ontario Place with the creation of the Outer Harbour Sailing Federation and of Sail Toronto.  Rhoda hosted the Ontario Sailing BOOM program and ultimately Ontario Sailing assisted Rhoda in securing a Trillium grant to purchase a fleet of boats allowing her and Derry to run their own program.  The Ontario Sailing Presidents' Trophy was awarded to Rhoda in 1996, along with husband Derry Ironside and Jack Mansell for the Georgian Bay Sailing Association.  She was a long standing supporter of Ontario Sailing and served on the Board of Directors from 1995 - 2000.


"Rhoda's KIDS" Bursary Fund has been established in memory and honour of this amazing woman. Rhoda knew how all sports could make a significant impact on "KIDS" of any age. This fund supports a minimum of two youths per year who reside in Ontario. Recipients who are awarded the bursary ($300 per student per year) are requested to use the funds to pay for the registration fees at any Ontario-based Learn to Sail program.


Rhoda will be remembered by many as a sailor extraordinaire and artist.  "Rhoda was a tireless volunteer devoted to the promotion of the sport of sailing and especially to giving young people an opportunity to learn to sail.  I will miss her dearly." Al Will, Former Ontario Sailing Executive Director.


Funding Now Available for 2015-2016



Quest 4 Gold Funding now available!



The CAO, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, is proud to announce that 2015 Quest for Gold funding is now available!  Coaches can apply now for the following programs:


For more information, please contact the Coaches Association of Ontario at 416-426-7086 or via email to education@coachesontario.ca





Funding Alert from the Ontario Trillium Foundation






The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) will begin to accept organization registrations from potential applicants on July 22, 2015.


After an organization has been verified by OTF, they will have access to applications for each Investment Stream: Seed (for new ideas); Grow (for scaling up ideas that work), Capital (for community infrastructure) and Collective Impact (for bringing fundamental change with collective action).


The grant application deadlines for each stream are as follows:

  • Grow Grants: August 26, 2015
  • Seed and Capital Grants: September 2, 2015
  • Collective Impact Grants: there are no deadlines for submitting applications and they will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Between now and July 22, potential applicants can contact OTF Support Centre to help themselves prepare for the application process. Applicants have access to: a self-assessment tool to verify grant eligibility; application templates and other support materials.

The new Investment Strategy is evidence based, and focused on creating measurable, positive impact in Ontario communities. The new strategy works to make changes in six different Action Areas: Active People, Inspired People, Prosperous People, Promising Young People, Green People and Connected People. The names of these Action Areas reflect the changes that OTF is working to see in the lives of the people of Ontario.


More than 200 information sessions will be hosted by OTF staff province wide to outline details on the application process under the new Investment Strategy. More details on the information sessions can be found on our Events Calendar.


To find out more, please click here .