What is the Parasport Jumpstart Grant?

What is the Parasport Jumpstart Grant?

Since 2013, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and Canadian Paralympic Committee have been engaged in a partnership to create greater opportunities for children and youth with disabilities between the ages of 4 and 25, and who face barriers to actively participate in organized sports and physical activity. 

The Parasport Jumpstart Fund provides funding to support quality sport and physical activity programs that provide positive introductory and early competition Para sport experiences. Parasport Jumpstart funding covers costs associated with registration, transportation and equipment. 
What organizations are eligible for Parasport Jumpstart Grants?

What organizations are eligible for Parasport Jumpstart Grants?

Organizations that are qualified donees, as classified by Canada Revenue Agency are able eligible to apply for the grant. For more information on qualified donees please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/charities-giving/list-charities/list-charities-other-qualified-donees.html
What types of sports and physical activities are eligible for a Parasport Jumpstart Fund grant?

What types of sports and physical activities are eligible for a Parasport Jumpstart Fund grant?

The Parasport Jumpstart Fund supports programs offering organized integrated or adaptive sport and physical activity for children and youth with a disability. Every program will look different based on the organization running the program and the participants involved. Examples include: 

• Paralympic Sport: Paralympic sport programming includes sports that are currently on the Paralympic Games programs. There are 28 sports on the Paralympic program. Click here for a complete list: https://games.paralympic.ca/paralympic-sports

• Para sport: Para sport programs can encompass integrative or adaptive sport for persons with a disability. The term “para” comes from the word parallel meaning parallel to non-adaptive sports. 

• Multi-sport: Multi-sport refers to programs that offer multiple sports or activities. These types of programs are often important at the entry level stages for children and youth in order to expose them to varying experiences. 

• Organized Physical Activity: Put simply, physical activity can be considered moving your body to use energy. While this could be actively getting to school or doing chores around the house, organized activity means there is a clear structure to the activity such as a water aerobics class, a group walking or wheeling program, or a physical literacy program.
Can my program support both children and youth with and without a disability?

Can my program support both children and youth with and without a disability?

Eligible programs can be designed for children and youth with a specific physical, cognitive or sensory disability (e.g.: a soccer league for visually impaired children), or for children and youth with different disabilities to play together (e.g.: children without a disability paired with children with a disability).

While each program may be different, there should be a focus on providing an inclusive environment for all participants to join and participate fully. 


What costs does the grant cover?

What costs does the grant cover?

The Parasport Jumpstart Fund can help offset the following costs:

1. Registration (coaching fees, facilities rentals, etc.)
2. Equipment (applicable to the sport or sports offered, including adaptive equipment)
3. Transportation costs (covering costs of a bus to/from program if participants have no other way of getting to/from program, adaptive vehicle rentals, transportation of equipment, etc.)
What is the maximum amount that can be requested through this grant?

What is the maximum amount that can be requested through this grant?

There is no maximum granting amount. Be sure to be specific when building the budget in your application. 

Jumpstart and CPC reserve the right to decrease any funding request if we feel the budget is too large for the program proposed.



My program includes children, youth and adults (over 25 years old), can I still apply for the grant?

My program includes children, youth and adults (over 25 years old), can I still apply for the grant?

The focus of the grant is grassroots programming for children and youth between 4 and 25. Programs can include youth older than 25, however grants will only be provided to support the needs of the children who are 4 to 25. 
Is a financial need assessment required for the program participants?

Is a financial need assessment required for the program participants?

No, a financial need assessment is not required for the Parasport Jumpstart Grant.
If I was a Parasport Jumpstart Fund grant recipient in previous years, can I apply again?

If I was a Parasport Jumpstart Fund grant recipient in previous years, can I apply again?

Yes, if your organization has received a Parasport Jumpstart Grant in previous years, you can apply again
Does the program have to be new?

Does the program have to be new?

No, you can apply for a new or existing program. 
What qualifies as a new / emerging program?

What qualifies as a new / emerging program?

New parasport programs are programs that are at the idea or conceptual stage or are emerging programs within its first three years of operation. This funding is intended to allow organizations to pilot new programs to meet a community need and explore the feasibility of continued programming. Examples include: 

• Piloting a new parasport program with the intent of testing and developing it into an ongoing program in the future 
• Enhancing an existing program in its second or third year of operations by purchasing more equipment to allow it to expand 
What qualifies as an established program?

What qualifies as an established program?

Existing parasport programs are programs that have operated successfully for four years or more that are looking to expand, adapt, replicate or improve their programming. This funding is intended to allow established programs to build on proven evidence-based success. Examples include: 

• Expanding a successful parasport program by adding additional instructors or equipment in order to increase the number of participants the program can support
• Partnering with another organization to replicate a successful program in a new city to meet demand for an underserved community 
• Improve the quality of an existing program by purchasing new adaptive equipment to meet the needs of current participants
When is the application due?

When is the application due?

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT.
What child and youth data is required?

What child and youth data is required?

Once the program is approved, before the final payment is disbursed organization are required to upload child data of all the participating children to their Grant Portal. The required data is as follows:
• Child name (First and Last) 
• Date of Birth 
• Postal Code
• Gender
What is the child and youth data used for?

What is the child and youth data used for?

The information collected will be used for evaluating the success of programs for the purposes of future development as well as developing trends in Para sport and physical activity in Canada.  
When will I know if my application was successful?

When will I know if my application was successful?

Adjudication of all applications will take place in May and June 2019. All applicants will be notified by July 2019. 
When will I receive the grant?

When will I receive the grant?

Funds are disbursed in 2 intervals for approved grants:
70% - upon approval of the grant
30% - upon submission of the child data and final report

See – “What child and youth data is required?” for more information on child data.
What if I don’t know the number of children that will attend?

What if I don’t know the number of children that will attend?

Please try and be as accurate as possible. If more or less children attend then anticipated you will be able to make an adjustment to the final numbers in your final report. 
My program has already started can I apply for a grant?

My program has already started can I apply for a grant?

No, you are not eligible for a grant if your program has already started.
How long do I have to complete my funded program?

How long do I have to complete my funded program?

All programming funded by the Parasport Jumpstart Fund must be completed no later than August 31, 2020. 
What if I miss the deadline can my organization apply?

What if I miss the deadline can my organization apply?

No, you are not able to apply if you miss the deadline. 
Need more information?

Need more information?

If you have any further questions about the grant or application, please e-mail jumpstart_admin@cantire.com