Funding sources for Families facing financial barriers

Canadian Tire Jump Start:

What is it?

  • Offers sport funding to children between the ages of 4-18. Sporting programs must last a minimum of five weeks and have at least one session per week
  • Maximum amount a child can receive is up to $300 per season (maximum of $600 per year)

Who does this program serve? Who qualifies?

  • Families that are facing financial barriers

Deadline, Grant Form and More Information?

  • The individual child grant is currently open and will close when all funds have been depleted

More information – HERE
Grant request form – HERE

KidSport Grants

KidSport provides grants to kids from families facing financial barriers so they can participate in registered sport programs and experience the lifelong benefits of a season of sport. KidSport Ontario provides grants of up to $250 per eligible kid, per year (January 1st – December 31st) towards sport registration fees.

If the child needs equipment, we will make a referral to a partner agency. Grants are intended to be used for sport registration fees; travel and competitions are not eligible for funding.

  • The deadline is May 31st, 2023, for all programs taking place between June- August 2023.
  • The deadline is August 31st for all programs taking place between Sept-Dec 2023
  • The deadline is December 23, 2023 for all programs taking place between January- March 31st, 2024.

For more details, and to apply, please visit:

Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington – ‘Free to Grow’ Program

With the support of donors and program partners, the goal is to help as many children from low-income families as possible through a centralized system that is easily accessible for families.

Funding amount?

  • The maximum subsidy per child, per calendar year is $400 – on a first-come, first-serve basis and provided funds are available.

Who is eligible?

  • Children from birth through 18 years of age (must be 18 years at time of application) and who live in Guelph or Wellington County

Learn more:  Free to Grow — Children’s Foundation

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