Representation from coast-to-coast-to-coast on the recipients list

Tennis Canada has selected ten programs to receive $5,000 each in funding via the Game. Set. Equity. Community Tennis Grants presented by National Bank for fall and winter 2023. Spanning four provinces and one territory, the diverse range of recipients includes wheelchair tennis, blind tennis and university tennis initiatives from across the country with a focus on women and girls programming.

Tennis Canada and National Bank opened the application process for the sought-after investment in June. To meet the specified criteria, applicants had to demonstrate the funding would be directed towards initiatives dedicated to the participation, retention and/or advancement of self-identifying women and girls.

“In just the second year of the Game. Set. Equity. Community Tennis Grants program, we have seen such a positive response from the tennis community in Canada,” said Terri Temelini, Director, Women & Girls Advancement, Tennis Canada. “We know there is some incredible work being done to increase participation among women and girls and to deliver positive tennis experiences for them across the country. The ten recipients announced today show the nationwide impact of this program, with representation from coast-to-coast-to-coast. We would like to thank National Bank for their continued support and congratulate each recipient program; we cannot wait to see how these initiatives grow and develop as a result of the investment.”

The ten recipients of the 2023 grants are listed below.

Cougar DomeCD Advantage-LadiesTruro, NSNovember 2023 – February 2024
Triple-A International Center of Culture and SportsEmpowering Her GameMontreal, QCSeptember 2023 – May 2024
EB Tennis & ModWellnessEB Tennis & ModWellnessDorval, QCNovember 2023 – June 2024
Change Through SportToronto Blind TennisToronto, ONNovember 2023 –April 2024
Scadding Court Community CentreSCCC Slice Girls – Tennis ProgramToronto, ONOctober 2023 – December 2023
Southampton Tennis Club (“STC”)Girls on CourtSouthampton, ONSummer 2023 & 2024
Tennis NWT AssociationClub Pro 2 / Instructors Course for Girls in NWTYellowknife, NWTApril – November 2023
Okanagan Junior Aces Wheelchair TennisWheelchair Tennis For KidsKelowna, BCSpring 2024
Burnaby Tennis ClubBurnaby Tennis ClubBurnaby, BCNovember – December 2023
UBC Women’s Tennis TeamUBC Women’s Tennis TeamVancouver, BCSeptember – December 2023

Click here for more information and a description of each program.

“Rallying behind Canadian tennis means supporting major tournaments, as well as promoting local initiatives like these that have a positive impact on the community. Congratulations to the selected organizations! You’re making a difference for young female athletes across the country,” said Lucie Blanchet, Executive Vice-President, Personal Banking and Client Experience at National Bank of Canada.

The Game. Set. Equity. Community Tennis Grants are a demonstration of Tennis Canada and National Bank’s commitment to create sustainable change for women and girls in all areas of tennis, from high-performance and coaching to leadership and beyond.

Eight recipients were selected to receive the program’s first round of grants in March. Tennis Canada continues to run a content series to spotlight each initiative on its website and social media channels.

The application process for the next round of Game. Set. Equity. Community Tennis Grants will open in early 2024.