“Funding for Outdoor Play in Canada” supports funders and grant seekers in finding common ground and building partnerships to advance the multiple issue areas that overlap with outdoor play

July 29, 2021 – A new report from The Lawson Foundation and Outdoor Play Canada, “Funding for Outdoor Play in Canada / “Le financement du jeu extérieur au Canada“- released today – identifies funding trends as well as current and potential funders of outdoor play.Based on an environmental scan, a grant seeker survey, and interviews with funders, this report outlines the drivers of funding for outdoor play, the key issue areas that connect outdoor play to existing funding interests, and insights as to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the funding environment. The report also includes a list of potential funders of outdoor play from foundations, corporations, and governments.

A major highlight of the report is that outdoor play can serve to address issues in many areas, from health and education to the environment and issues surrounding justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Therefore, outdoor play provides an opportunity to build linkages across broad funding areas.

We hope that funders and grant seekers will use this report to find common ground and build partnerships to advance children’s outdoor play in Canada, and help us in our collective mission to promote, protect, and preserve access to play in nature and the outdoors for all!

*Note: This report is also available in French here.

About the Lawson Foundation
The Lawson Foundation is a Canadian family foundation that invests in and engages with ideas, people and organizations that contribute to the healthy development of children and youth. Learn more about the Foundation at www.lawson.ca.

About Outdoor Play Canada
Outdoor Play Canada is a growing network of leaders and organizations working together to galvanize an outdoor play movement across Canada. They sprang from the diverse, cross-sector group that collaborated to create the 2015 Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play. Learn more about them at www.outdoorplaycanada.ca.

Resources related to the report:
Social Media Card
Carte pour les médias


Christine Alden

Christine Alden

Program Director at The Lawson Foundation
Christine has been with the Lawson Foundation as Program Director in the areas of Early Child Development and Outdoor Play since 2012. She received her PhD, which focused on outdoor pedagogy in Early Learning and Child Care, from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education / University of Toronto in 2022.

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