Stream Three — Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities

Stream Three of the Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities (SSDIC) component of the Sport Support Program (SSP) funds Indigenous governments, communities and other not-for-profit Indigenous organizations to deliver sport and recreation projects that meet community identified needs and priorities of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ peoples in Canada.

$2.5 million is available annually to provide opportunities for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ peoples to participate in meaningful sport activities that support 1 or more of the Stream Three social development goals. Drawn from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Calls for Justice, the Stream Three social development goals focus on:

  • physical and mental health
  • suicide prevention
  • sexual trafficking awareness and prevention
  • safe and healthy relationships
  • sexual positivity (2SLGBTQI+)

Who can apply

To be eligible for Stream Three funding, your organization must be 1 of the following:

  • a First Nation or Band Council recognized by the Government of Canada
  • a Tribal Council recognized by registered First Nation Bands
  • an Inuit community as recognized by the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement, James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, and other recognized provincial/territorial/federal agreements with Inuit populations
  • a Métis Nation or government recognized by the Government of Canada
  • a representative not-for-profit organization who is Indigenous-owned and/or Indigenous-operatedFootnote 1 (51% + Indigenous shareholders and/or staff) and who primarily serve Indigenous women, girls and/or 2SLGBTQI+ peoples, in other words, have a mandate to provide services, programs or lobbying for Section 35 rights holders (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) and urban and non-status women, girls and/or 2SLGBTQI+ peoples

Application deadline

The application intake deadline is March 25, 2024, 11:59 pm (ET).

How to apply

Applicants are required to:

  • read the Application Guidelines in their entirety
  • email us for the application form
  • meet all eligibility requirements and submit a complete application form and supporting documents (if applicable) before the deadline

Applicants may propose projects that request a maximum of $249,999 in SSDIC Stream Three funding. This is to ensure that more proposals can be recommended for funding and to promote a diversity of projects across jurisdictions that serve Indigenous women, girls and/or 2SLGBTQI+ peoples.

You are required to submit your application form by email in the fillable PDF format (no scans). If you are unable to submit your application by email or use the fillable PDF format, please contact us for assistance.

Projects funded

View the list of projects funded by the Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities component (input “SSDIC” in the search query).

Contact us

We would love to hear from you! The best way to reach us is by email.

Sport Support Program
Department of Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy St
Gatineau QC  J8X 4B3

To speak to a representative of the SSDIC program component, please send an email to and indicate a phone number where you can be reached. A representative will contact you within 2 weeks.

If you are unable to send emails, you can call at 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free) and leave a contact number with the Call Centre Agent. A representative of the SSDIC Unit will contact you within the service standards for Canadian Heritage funding programs.

1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

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