Tennis Canada today launched the application process for the 2023 Game. Set. Equity. Community Tennis Grants presented by National Bank. Initiatives from across the country that focus on programming for women and girls are invited to apply for selection as one of ten programs to unlock $5,000 each in funding.
Entering its second year, 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.
“We want to empower and support organizations and community groups across the country who are elevating women and girls through tennis,” said Terri Temelini, Director of Women & Girls Advancement, Tennis Canada. “We are looking forward to reviewing the applications we receive for the 2023 Game. Set. Equity. Community Tennis Grants presented by National Bank as we know there are many deserving recipients out there. The goal of this funding is to strengthen and showcase community programs and entice more women and girls to stay involved in tennis long-term as athletes, coaches, officials, and leaders.”
In March, Tennis Canada and National Bank announced the inaugural recipients of the Game. Set. Equity. Community Tennis Grants. Spanning six provinces, the eight programs that received funding are already putting it to good use. Over the coming months, Tennis Canada will feature each recipient program as part of a content series on its website and social channels.
The first spotlight was published in April and focussed on the outstanding work of Girls Leading Girls (GLG) Tennis in Nova Scotia. The program saw 80 girls between the ages of 6-18 participate in its programming, which is designed to provide an environment for girls to develop a love for tennis, and a pathway to foster strong leadership skills. That was followed by a feature on the EB Tennis Academy in Quebec, another 2022 grant recipient, earlier this month.
Full details regarding the application process for the 2023 grants can be found by clicking here. Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements to be considered for selection. Principally, initiatives must focus on the participation, retention and/or advancement of self-identifying women and girls with a minimum of 70% of funding being directed toward women and girls programming. That includes, but is not limited to:
- Increasing coaching, officiating, and/or next generation leadership opportunities.
- Increasing opportunities for girls and/or women to participate in programming, training, or competition.
- Supporting capacity building for equity work through education and training
For more information, please visit the Game. Set. Equity. Community Tennis Grants section of the Tennis Canada website or click here to contact Tennis Canada’s Women & Girls Advancement team directly.