Grants will be awarded to four charitable organizations in Ontario.
TORONTO, Jan. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
(MLSE) Foundation $200,000 Team Up Fund community grant program is
returning for a third year. This Fund gives Ontario charitable
organizations the chance to receive one of four grants (each worth
$50,000) that will support youth sports and recreation programs or
assist in the refurbishment of sports/recreational facilities.
The MLSE Team Up Fund is an online competition where charities submit
funding applications for specific youth programs or facility
refurbishments which will impact the community and its youth in a
"It's a fact - sport has the power to change lives, so we're thrilled to
announce the launch of the third annual MLSE Team Up Fund," said
Michael Bartlett, executive director, MLSE Foundation. "We're excited
to learn more about the inspiring projects across Ontario which deliver
opportunities for kids to participate in sports and recreation and to
have the public help decide which projects we will invest in this
Last year, Brockville Rotary Park Revitalization and John Polanyi
Collegiate Institute (Toronto Foundation For Student Success) received
$50,000 grants towards improving their respective facilities and
programs. Grandravine Special Program, Toronto Lords Community
Association, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office and The Peer Project each
received $25,000 towards their respective programs in GTA communities.
Charities will be able to submit their projects via an online
application form starting Monday, January 13 until February 7, 2014.
The applications will then be reviewed by a selection committee from
February 10 to February 28, 2014. This committee is responsible for
narrowing the applications down to the top 20. The public will then
have the opportunity to vote for one of the top 20 applicants once per
day starting March 3 to March 21, 2014. The four charities with the
most votes will be the recipient of one of the four $50,000 grants.
The official announcement of the four grant recipients will take place
April 1, 2014.
Charitable organizations and those wishing to vote during the public
voting process are asked to visit mlseteamupfund.org
About MLSE Foundation
The MLSE Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and
the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. With
the support of all four MLSE teams - the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto
Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies - the Foundation funds the
refurbishment of local athletic facilities and programs that support
kids through sports and recreation. Since launching in December 2009,
the MLSE Foundation has invested more than $9.5 million into our
community. Last season, more than 110,000 kids' lives were impacted
through the power of sport. Visit mlsefoundation.org, or follow @MLSEFoundation.
SOURCE: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
For further information:
Abby Albino, Coordinator, Corporate Communications, MLSE, 416-815-5455
Jamie Deans, Director, Communications, MLSE, 416-815-5445