Can you tell me more about Jumpstart’s Play Finds a Way?

Can you tell me more about Jumpstart’s Play Finds a Way?

Since 2005, Jumpstart has disbursed more than $135 million to help Canadian families overcome the financial barriers to accessing play and sport with the generous support of the Canadian Tire Family of Companies. Now, with an additional five-year $50 million commitment from Canadian Tire Corporation, Jumpstart is expanding its mandate to help remove barriers for kids with disabilities.
How does Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way differ from what Jumpstart currently does?

How does Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way differ from what Jumpstart currently does?

Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way supports eligible organizations with the costs associated with infrastructure and programming as they relate to providing inclusive play opportunities for kids with disabilities.
Why is Jumpstart expanding its mandate to help remove barriers for kids with disabilities?

Why is Jumpstart expanding its mandate to help remove barriers for kids with disabilities?

Jumpstart understands that for kids, the opportunity to play is about much more than getting active: sport helps kids reach their full potential. Since 2005, Jumpstart has helped change the lives of more than 1.4 million kids from families in financial need. Jumpstart’s partnership with the Canadian Paralympic Committee on the Parasport Jumpstart Fund, and our work with Community Partners across Canada that serve the needs of kids with disabilities, showed us that we could help countless more kids reach their full potential through sport by removing the barriers to inclusive play. And so, with input from partner organizations across Canada, we developed Play Finds A Way to help kids overcome physical barriers to play.
How will programs and initiatives within Jumpstart’s Play Finds a Way Movement be funded?

How will programs and initiatives within Jumpstart’s Play Finds a Way Movement be funded?

As a registered charity, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities receives donations from a wide variety of sources including the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, our network of Canadian Tire Associate Dealers and from our customers. The Play Finds A Way Movement is a new initiative that will receive incremental funding raised through a variety of initiatives.
What costs do Jumpstart’s Play Finds a Way programs cover?

What costs do Jumpstart’s Play Finds a Way programs cover?

Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way will support selected organizations with the costs associated with infrastructure and programming as they relate to providing inclusive play opportunities for kids with disabilities. Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way is divided into three focus areas including: Jumpstart Community Accessibility Grants, the Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Project and the Parasport Jumpstart Fund.
Can anyone apply for Jumpstart Play Finds a Way funding?

Can anyone apply for Jumpstart Play Finds a Way funding?

Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way comprises three distinct programs: Jumpstart Community Accessibility Grants, the Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Project and the Parasport Jumpstart Fund.

Jumpstart Community Accessibility Grants are open to:
• Municipalities and public recreation centres/ facilities
• Schools with publically accessible facilities
• Community organizations with publicly accessible recreation facilities (for example, the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, etc.)
• Public recreation spaces owned and operated by private foundations

The Parasport Jumpstart Fund is open to qualified community partner organizations to support costs associated with registration, transportation and/ or equipment for sport and recreation programs.

The Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Project is already working with selected municipalities to build fully accessible and inclusive playgrounds for children of all abilities.

When will Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way funding applications open?

When will Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way funding applications open?

 Applications to the programs within Jumpstart’s Play Finds a Way will be announced on the Jumpstart website in 2018.
How will Jumpstart select the projects that will get funding?

How will Jumpstart select the projects that will get funding?

Funding requests to each of the programs that make up Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way will be evaluated using a fair and transparent review process. Evaluation criteria for these programs will be available online when applications open.

• Jumpstart Community Accessibility Grants will be reviewed by a Grant Selection Committee comprised of relevant representatives and subject matter experts.
• Parasport Jumpstart Fund applications will be reviewed by a panel including representatives from the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Jumpstart.
• The Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Project is already working with targeted municipalities to build fully accessible and inclusive playgrounds for children of all abilities.

How does the Parasport Jumpstart Fund work?

How does the Parasport Jumpstart Fund work?

Since 2013, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and the 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 18, and who face barriers to actively participate in organized sports and physical activity. To date the fund has disbursed over $520,000. 

Eligible organizations have access to three streams of funding:
• Paralympic Sport Funding: Provides support for single sports in the Paralympic Sport Program
• Parasport Funding: Provides support for sports that are not in the Paralympic program, like wheel dance, waterski, wakeboard, para golf, para sailing, and more.
• Multi-sport Funding: Provides support to both Paralympic and non-Paralympic sports.

How do the Jumpstart Community Accessibility Grants work?

How do the Jumpstart Community Accessibility Grants work?

The Jumpstart Community Accessibility Grants support capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility to recreation facilities in Canadian communities. 

There are two funding opportunities available to improve these facilities:
• Accessibility Funding: Provides up to $50,000 for projects designed to adapt and enhance existing facilities to promote accessibility.
• Inclusivity Innovation Funding: Provides between $250,000 and $1,000,000 for projects designed to enhance existing building plans for sport and recreation spaces with uniquely innovative solutions for inclusion and accessibility for children of different abilities.

How does the Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Project work?

How does the Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Project work?

Jumpstart will work with selected municipalities in every province and territory to design and build inclusive playgrounds for kids of all abilities. Jumpstart’s goal is to ensure that these playgrounds become the standard for inclusive play, and create community spaces where kids of all abilities can play side-by-side. At least one playground will be built in every province and territory.
How can I make a donation?

How can I make a donation?

Secure donations can be made at jumpstart.canadiantire.ca. For donations of $20 or more, you will receive a charitable tax receipt. See Tax Receipt Guidelines.