Canada Basketball Foundation™ (CBF) works to unify Canada as a basketball nation by supporting safe, equitable, and inclusive basketball programming designed to remove access barriers.


Impact of the Canada Basketball Foundation


YOUTH impacted






“Our partnership with Canada Basketball means so much to our programs and to Lay-Up as a grassroots organization. From increasing access to NCCP and NOCP certifications, to creating memorable moments for youth at events like GLOBL JAM, Canada Basketball has supported Lay-Up in bringing the work being done at the highest level of the game to local communities. Our biggest shared project to date has been launching the Crossover program, which is preparing a new generation of diverse youth for the emerging opportunities in the rapidly growing basketball industry through training, certification, networking, mentorship and experiential learning opportunities.”

- Chris Penrose
Executive Director, Lay-Up Youth Basketball


Through our partnership with Canada Basketball and the UNIFIED Assist Program, Living Skies Indigenous Basketball League successfully integrated workshops and cultural education sessions into our province-wide basketball program. Their valuable support has played a pivotal role in the enhancement of our program. The UNFIED Assist Program has empowered us to reach new heights and make a positive impact on a broader scale. With the invaluable support of the grant, we collectively influenced the lives of 700 athletes this season.”

- Mike Tanton
Co-Founder, LSIBL


When Sun Youth was awarded a Unified Assist grant for girls' basketball development, it triggered a rebirth of female involvement in the sport. We’ve been able to add gym time, recruit and train female coaches, purchase women/girls-specific equipment, nearly quadruple our numbers from last year, and absorb registration costs for those in need – an important part of our mission as a charity. We can plan for more recreational, 3x3, and competitive streams for girls. The playing field between boys’ and girls’ basketball opportunities in Montreal is more level today, thanks chiefly to Unified Assist.”

- Guiness Rider
Director, Sun Youth Basketball Program


Our partnership with Canada Basketball and the UNIFIED Grant has been an incredibly valued and impactful experience. Working with Toronto Community Housing (TCH), our Aspiring Coaches Mentorship Program has been able to remove barriers to coaching for youth from underserved communities. The program provides them with access to NCCP training, leadership workshops and coaching equipment, with the goal of finding them coaching placements within their communities, and in TCH’s Midnight Basketball League. The impact from this funding will be felt for years to come as our Aspiring Coaches become the next generation of sport leaders in their communities.”

- Jeremy Cross, Executive Director
Coaches Association of Ontario


"The CBF Grant has been truly beneficial in supporting MWSBL’s 2022 summer season and postseason events by allowing us to host our first MWSBL All-Star Game and instructional basketball clinics to young girls ages 13 to 17 in the West and East end of Toronto. We are so grateful to Canada Basketball for seeing our vision and allowing us to execute it without financial worries. Being involved with Canada Basketball’s affiliates such as GLOBL JAM was truly an experience of a lifetime. For many of our members, playing basketball in the heart of downtown Toronto during the GLOBL JAM Festival at Younge Dundas Square was an experience they’ll never forget. We hope to continue to work with Canada Basketball and its affiliates to showcase the beautiful sport of basketball while creating opportunities for the girls and women in our community. Thank you, Canada Basketball."

- Fitriya Mohammed
Founder of Muslim Women’s Summer Basketball League


Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation’s (SPSF) Early Learning Equal Start campaign strives to ensure all students are able to read Grade 3 by Grade 3. This generous donation from Canada Basketball and Jumpstart will help us to ensure that physical well-being forms part of our early learner literacy programs. Physical activity and sport are important factors in ensuring kids are able to learn at their best and the generosity of partners like Jumpstart and Canada Basketball is what makes our programs possible and is greatly appreciated.”

- Zeba Ahmad
Executive Director, Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation

About the Program

Canada Basketball views the sport of basketball as a powerful tool that can unify Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

In reflection of Canada Basketball’s UNIFIED 2024 commitments, the CBF prioritizes the support of nonprofit programs and initiatives that help keep Canadian sport spaces a safe one, which welcome all generations, ethnicities, religions, identities, and abilities.

The CBF supports groups whose priorities, include developing inclusive and equitable opportunities for youth through sport, with a focus on increasing access for underserved, under-represented or historically racialized communities such as, but not limited to;

  • Youth facing socio-economic barriers
  • First Nations, Inuit, and Metis youth
  • Newcomers and Refugee youth
  • Girl-Identified youth (in the case of gender-specific programming)
  • 2SLGBTQ+ Identified youth
  • Youth who identify as having a disability (visible and/or invisible)
  • Other racialized youth groups

In addition to aligning with CB’s UNIFIED 2024 foundational values, project proposals, programs and initiatives must align with one (1) of the following three (3) CBF priorities:

  1. Officiating and Coaching Development
  2. Sport Leadership Development
  3. Youth Basketball Development

Read more about CBF’s funding pathways below, or by downloading our CBF Grant Application Handbook 2023 HERE.


Funding Pathways

Removing Barriers to Entry & Progress

The CBF provides support to the guardians of our game; the coaches, officials and community leaders who are demonstrating and teaching the positive values of sport to youth across the nation.

Canada Basketball collaborates with our provincial/territorial basketball organizations and grassroots programs to grow the sport of basketball at all levels. CBF provides support to programs for development, such as continued education and training for coaches and officials, through;

  • NCCP training and certification
  • NOCP training and certification
  • Safe Sport Training
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Training


We fund organizations and programs who are:

  • A registered charity
  • A registered nonprofit or not-for-profit organization, program or initiative
  • Registered provincial housing corporations
  • Registered Municipalities
  • Metis, Inuit or First Nation community/band

If you are an eligible organization or program, apply HERE.

Funding Details & Timelines

Applications for grants will only be accepted ONLINE.  

Potential applicants who meet the UNIFIED Application Program criteria and have a program running between JUNE 1 2023 - MAY 31 2024, are eligible to apply to become a UNIFIED Program through the CBF Application Portal HERE.

Funding Timelines
Applications should be submitted within the corresponding application windows.

MARCH 19, 2023, at 11:59PM ET: Deadline for UNIFIED Program Expression of Interest Applications.

APRIL 16th, 2023, at 11:59PM: Deadline for UNIFIED Program Full Applications (if contacted)

MAY 2023: UNIFIED Application Program Decisions Issued

JULY 2023: UNIFIED Application Programs Publicly Announced

Selected program and program applications will be contacted by a CBF staff member upon approval. Funds will be disbursed in two intervals for selected approved grants

  • 70% upon acceptance and completion of Safe Sport Training, prior to program start date
  • 30% upon submission of Grant Impact Summary Report and enrollment in Canada Basketball’s Verification Program

*Exceptions to this rule may be made at the discretion of Canada Basketball where/when necessary*

Application Process

Full applications will be evaluated and scored by a CBF Selection Team and the CB Foundation Board of Directors. Approved applicants will be contacted directly by a CBF staff member.

Organizations who are not selected for a grant are still subject to exclusive opportunities such as access to CB alignment programs, unmatched experiences, and potential support. All applicants may schedule a feedback call after June 1st, 2023 to improve their application for next year.