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Field of Dreams

Jays Care Foundation believes in a level playing field for all Canadian children and youth with access to opportunities to thrive and succeed. One way we are working to achieve this goal is through our Field of Dreams grants program.

What is Field of Dreams?

Field of Dreams is Jays Care's granting program for capital space/infrastructure. More than 25% of Canadian parents say that inconvenient locations for sport facilities prevent their children from getting involved in sport and only 53% say their children (aged 5 to 17) participate in sport and recreation programs at school. To overcome these challenges, the Field of Dreams grants program provides funding to design, refurbish, and build safe spaces for children and youth to play baseball, develop life skills and learn from positive role models. Jays Care has invested over $8.15 million in safe spaces for children and youth all across Canada.

How much funding is available through the Field of Dreams program?

Jays Care Foundation will grant up to $150,000 CAD per application

Field of Dreams grants may be applied toward:

  • the building of new infrastructure;
  • improving existing spaces to increase programming capacity, overall usage, safety, accessibility and inclusiveness; and/or,
  • the provision of capital investment in equipment.

Who is eligible to apply for Field of Dreams grants?

Field of Dreams applicants must meet a number of criteria in order to be eligible for consideration. All applicants must:

  • be grassroots or charitable organizations;
  • be building or refurbishing spaces within Canada;
  • be able to complete the building/revitalization of the space within 12-18 months of receiving funding approval from Jays Care;
  • be upgrading or building spaces specifically to support marginalized children and youth;
  • be able to provide audited financial statements from last year (or, if not available, most recent financial statements);
  • be able to provide quotes for all items included the project's budget (required during phase two of the application process); and,
  • be able to provide applicable municipal and other permits where required.

PLEASE NOTE: Proposed capital projects on City property require the support of the local municipality.

Applications for improvements to City of Toronto facilities must be vetted by the City of Toronto on behalf of the community organization. For more information, please contact Rob Richardson, Manager Partner Development from the City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation partnership office at 416-392-9861 or email partnerships@toronto.ca.

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

All applications are thoroughly vetted using a vigorous scoring system. Some of the key criteria considered when assessing Field of Dreams applications include:

  • Physical activity: Will the field or space be used to promote physical activity?
  • Demonstrated need: Does the application clearly demonstrate that a new space or refurbishment is needed?
  • Baseball: Is the field or space is specifically designed to integrate baseball as a core component?
  • Children with disabilities: Is the field or space designed to be accessible for children with disabilities?
  • Children facing multiple barriers: Are the primary beneficiaries who will use the space children and/or youth (aged 4 to 18) facing multiple barriers?
  • Community: Is the space/field located in a priority neighbourhood with minimal alternatives?
  • Number of children/youth impacted: Does the applicant have a solid plan for ensuring that more than 50 children will regularly access the space through organized programming?
  • Frequency of impact: Will the space service children and youth frequently enough to make a significant impact?
  • Application quality: Has the application has been completed with clarity, effort and a defined purpose/goal?
  • Increase in impact: Will the number of children and youth served and/or hours of programming increase as a result of the project?
  • Viable funding model: Does the organization have a build/refurbishment and ongoing maintenance plan that can be viably completed with secured funding, Jays Care funding and other strategic sources (with a clear contingency plan)?
  • Leverage: Have other funding partners been secured?

What is the process for applying?

The application process consists of four steps:

  • STEP 1 - Complete the Initial Application Form. Each year this form is made available on our website in early September. The due date for submission can be found on the top of the form.
  • STEP 2 - Jays Care Foundation's Grants Committee will review and short-list applicants. If your application is successful, you will be invited to complete Step 3.
  • STEP 3 - Complete the Full Application Form (provided to successful applicants).
  • STEP 4 - Jays Care Foundation's Grants Committee will review the applications and determine the successful applicants. Successful applicants will be required to sign a contract and commit to Jays Care's financial and progress reporting processes.

The 2018 Field of Dreams grant application cycle will open on September 15th, 2017. Please check back then for more information.

Who has received these grants in the past?

Through the Field of Dreams grants program, Jays Care Foundation has invested over $9.33 million toward the creation of 80 safe spaces for children and youth across Canada.

Congratulations to our 2017 Field of Dreams recipients:

  • Alderville First Nations - Alderville, ON
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Foothills - Black Diamond, AB
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Kamloops - Kamloops, BC
  • Cat Lake First Nation - Cat Lake, ON
  • Chesley Minor Baseball Club - Chesley, ON
  • Easter Seals Ontario - London, ON
  • Kenora Chiefs Advisory - Wabaseemoong, Treaty 3, ON
  • Municipality of Central Manitoulin - Manitoulin, ON
  • Toronto District School Board - Earl Beatty Public School - Toronto, ON
  • Turtleford Minor Ball Club - Lions Park, SK
  • West Hill Baseball - Scarborough, ON
  • Williams Lake Indian Band - Cariboo, BC
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto Area - Toronto, ON

Congratulations to our 2016 Field of Dreams recipients:

  • Bolton Braves Baseball Association - ON
  • Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre - ON
  • Boys & Girls Club of Kingston - ON
  • Boys & Girls Club of LaSalle - QC
  • Dawson Boys & Girls Club - QC
  • District 4 Alberta Little League - AB
  • Greater Moncton Field of dreams Baseball Program - NB
  • Mount Pearl Minor Baseball Association - NF
  • Northern Nishnawbe Education Council - ON
  • Naniamo Minor Baseball Association - BC
  • Toronto Playgrounds House league Baseball - ON
  • Walpole Island First Nation - ON
  • The Diamond Project - ON