|Toronto Blue Jays third baseman, Brett Lawrie, hangs out with kids from the Langley Boys & Girls Club at the grand opening of their Jays Care Community Clubhouse.|
Having a safe place to play sports with their friends, join a team, complete their homework and learn from positive role models is the right of every child. Through the Field of Dreams program, Jays Care invests in the creation of safe youth spaces so that all kids can reach their full potential. To date, Jays Care has invested more $3.5 million in 35 Field of Dreams legacy projects, including the refurbishment of 17 baseball fields, across Canada.
In 2012, Jays Care disbursed more than $900,000 in Field of Dreams funding to 10 charitable and community groups to build safe youth spaces from coast to coast. These organizations include:
Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC, Town of Oromocto - Waasis Ball Diamonds, East Nepean Baseball Association, Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, St. John's Minor Baseball Association, Eva's Initiatives, Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation, and Smythe Park - Home of the York Baseball Association.
In 2012, eight legacy projects opened their doors and are impacting more than 7,600 kids. These organizations include:
YMCA Central, Stan Wadlow Park - Home of the East York Baseball Association, Cabbagetown Youth Centre, A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA, Chaplin Family YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC - Langley and Surrey Chapters, Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club
|Amount of Funding Available:||Up to $150,000
(multi-year projects may be considered)
A letter of inquiry must be submitted to determine whether the project meets the basic criteria of Jays Care Foundation's Field of Dreams program. Letter of Inquiry submission deadline: JANUARY 31, 2013. In your online letter inquiry, your organization will be required to provide the following information:Organization Information
By MARCH 1, 2013, your organization will be notified if it has been invited to submit a full proposal. Invited organizations will be required to submit more detailed information that will create a better understanding of the project and how it corresponds to the mandate and evaluation criteria of Jays Care Foundation.
Proposals will be reviewed by Jays Care Foundation and you may be contacted for a follow up meeting to discuss your proposal. Jays Care Foundation's Board of Directors will review all recommendations and determine which projects are to be funded. Field of Dreams funding will be awarded by MAY 31, 2013.
Assistance with the application process can be obtained by contacting Troy Beharry at 416-341-1128.