Toronto Sports Council announces significant grant program for young Toronto athletes

September 16, 2013

Toronto, ON – September 16, 2013 − The Toronto Sports Council today announced that it has created a fund that will offer annual grants of up to $2,000 to Toronto athletes between the ages of 11 and 18.
The Fund, called the Toronto Emerging Athletes Mentorship (TEAM) Fund, is a legacy of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, which were recently hosted in the city.
"TEAM Fund grants are intended to help our promising young athletes get to the next level," said Nancy Lee, Chair, TEAM Fund. "A key objective for the Toronto Sports Council's involvement in the Ontario Summer Games was to build a base for the future. The TEAM Fund helps us fulfill this goal."
Up to $10,000 in grants (maximum $2,000 per grant) will be available to Toronto athletes in each of the next five years. Grants are designed to assist athletes with registration fees, equipment and clothing, and transportation costs associated with attending practices and competitions.
Grants will be awarded by a selection committee considering the following criteria:  
  • A demonstrated pre-disposition to excel in a particular sport
  • Economic circumstances
  • Recommendations from feeder organizations (schools, YMCAs, etc)
  • Commitment by a mentoring competitive club to administer the grant
"I speak from experience when I say that financial assistance is a very important part of helping young athletes train at the elite levels required for entrance into the provincial, national and international level," said Perdita Felicien, a two-time world champion hurdler who was on hand to help unveil the fund. "I am proud to help the next generation of Toronto athletes achieve their dreams."
Toronto athletes between the ages of 11 and 18 are encouraged to learn more about the fund and to submit applications by visiting . The application deadline for the 2014 grant year is October 31, 2013.

The Toronto Sports Council supports the following sports: