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We invite letters of intent from registered charities across Canada to increase children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings – at home, in school, in child care, the community and nature.

Please review all of the sections below and the newly released Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play for further background. Note that the application form can be found below, under the section "More Information."

The Lawson Foundation envisions all Canadian children and youth engaging regularly in outdoor unstructured play.

The Lawson Foundation began to fund and learn about active outdoor play through two earlier projects (the former Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Cards on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth , and a Physical Activity topic for the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development). Further, over the last two years we have invested in the development of three published academic papers (risky play, outdoor time, active outdoor play), the ParticipACTION 2015 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth and the recently released Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play from a multi-sectoral group of 14 pan-Canadian stakeholder organizations and academics vested in this issue.

This Canada-wide call for applications about active outdoor play builds on those investments and the ongoing work of stakeholders. This call is exploratory in nature as we seek to better understand how to support Canadian communities to foster children’s opportunities for unstructured outdoor play. We hope to engage with great ideas and organizations delivering community programs, services, and supports, as well as policy and research initiatives in the broad areas of active/outdoor/unstructured/self-directed/risky play. (See further below for our commentary on terminology).

We will be sharing our process and learning on our blog as the work unfolds.

Submission deadline: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm EDT

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