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Field of Dreams

The Blue Jays believe that having a safe environment should be the right of all children and youth. Jays Care Foundation helps build and develop these safe places, where children and youth can play baseball, spend time with their friends, develop life-skills and learn from positive role models. Jays Care Foundation has invested more than $4 million in the creation of 40 safe youth spaces – including 20 baseball fields – across Canada to date, in an effort to provide these opportunities to children and youth across Canada.

In 2013, Jays Care disbursed more than $772,000 in Field of Dreams funding to eight charitable and community groups to build safe youth spaces from coast to coast. These organizations include:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Durham
  • Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa
  • Hastings Community Little League
  • Scarborough Stingers of the Scarborough Baseball League
  • Valley Park Community Association
  • Camp Oochigeas
  • Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation
  • Eva's Initiatives

In 2013, five completed Field of Dreams projects opened their doors. These organizations include:

  • St. John's Minor Baseball Association - Airport Heights Field, St. John's, NL
  • Town of Oromocto – Waasis Ball Diamonds
  • Smythe Park, Toronto, ON
  • Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, Toronto, ON
  • St. Albans Boys and Girls Club, Toronto, ON


FIELD OF DREAMS R.F.P. GUIDELINES & PROJECT CRITERIA

Field of Dreams
  • Field of Dreams supports capital space projects that increase access for children and youth to programs that focus on:
    • Physical Activity (particularly increasing access to the sport of baseball)
    • Education
    • Life Skill Development
  • Field of Dreams supports capital space projects across Canada
  • Field of Dreams funding proposals may include, but are not limited to:
    • The building of new infrastructure
    • Improving existing spaces to increase programming capacity, overall usage, safety, accessibility and inclusiveness.
    • Proposals may also address the provision of capital investment in equipment
  • Proposed capital projects on City property require the support of the local municipality
    • PLEASE NOTE: Applications for improvements to City of Toronto facilities must be vetted by the City of Toronto on behalf of the community organization. For more information, please contact Rob Richardson, Manager Partner Development from the City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation partnership office at 416-392-9861 or email partnerships@toronto.ca.
Examples of projects may include:
  • Baseball field renovations
  • Multipurpose recreation spaces
  • Dedicated youth spaces in community centres
Amount of Funding Available: Up to $150,000
(multi-year projects may be considered)

FIELD OF DREAMS REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL PROCESS

The 2014 application period is over.