FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Donating to Jumpstart

How is Jumpstart funded?

As a registered charity, Jumpstart receives donations and sponsorships from a wide variety of sources. Canadian Tire Corporation is our biggest supporter, as it funds all of our general administrative expenses, allowing 100% of customer donations to go directly toward supporting kids in need.

Vendors from Canadian Tire, FGL Sports, Mark’s, and Canadian Tire Financial Services are also key supporters and funders of Jumpstart. The Government of Canada and several provincial governments also provide grants to support youth and initiatives that support healthy and active living.

Anyone can make a donation to Jumpstart. Annually we receive generous donations from Canadian Tire customers, children who have donated their birthday party money, customers who donated in memory of a loved one, and Canadian Tire employees and business partners who have participated in fundraising events.

How can I make a donation?

You can make a secure online donation Here. Alternatively, you can send a cheque payable to Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities:

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities 

Attention: Jumpstart Finance Team 

2180 Yonge Street, PO Box 770, Station K 

Toronto, Ontario, M4P 2V8

Do you provide tax receipts?

Yes. Individuals who give a donation over $20 will be issued a tax receipt. Please see our Tax Receipt Guidelines for more information.

Individual Child Grants

How does the Jumpstart funding process work?

The Jumpstart Individual Child Grant application (the “Application”) is an online application that a parent/guardian can use to submit a request for funding to Jumpstart on behalf of their child/children. The following are a list of participants as they relate to the Application:

  • Parents/Guardians: parents/guardians are able to submit an application through the Jumpstart grant system for funding on behalf of their child/children.
  • Collaborators: Jumpstart understands that in some cases parents/guardians may need support to help complete their application. During the application process, the parent/guardian can identify a collaborator to assist them with their application. The collaborator may be a family member, support worker, a representative from a service organization, or any other individual whom the parent/guardian identifies in the application.
  • Jumpstart: A Jumpstart regional manager will review and verify all applications for funding. If an application for funding is approved, the approved funding amount will be delivered by Jumpstart to the service organization (as defined below).
  • Service Organization/Payee: The “Service Organization”, or “Payee”, is the registered business, non-profit, or charitable organization running the sport or physical activity program.


Jumpstart does not provide funding directly to parents/guardians, relatives, collaborators, or any non-registered businesses.

What information is required to apply? 

Please have the following ready to apply for funding assistance with Jumpstart:

  1. Child demographic information (name, age, gender)
  2. Program details (name of organization, location, activity, cost)
  3. Upload copy of total household income (must include Canadian Child Benefit (CCB) documentation, pages 1 and 2). No other type of documentation will be accepted
  4. Provide proof of program registration (attachment or link)

Complete all sections of the form, or save as draft until you are ready, then submit.

What do I do once I have been approved?

Upon approval of funding, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to:

a) work directly with the service organization to ensure a spot is available for their child/children in a program; and

b) notify Jumpstart as soon as possible in the event that a child stops attending a program, moves to another program, or if a program is full or cancelled. In such circumstances, the parent/guardian must work directly with the service organization to arrange for a refund to be sent back to Jumpstart before a new application is made for additional funding. A child will not be eligible to receive additional funding if they have already reached the maximum amount of funding, even if the child did not attend the program, until a refund is received by Jumpstart.

Does Jumpstart have Terms and Conditions for Individual Child Grants?

Yes, to view a copy of our Terms and Conditions please click here.

Can I apply for a program that is not physical activity or sport? 

No, Jumpstart funds activities that meet our core purpose, which is to remove barriers for children from families in financial need to participate in sport and play. 

How old are children who are funded by Jumpstart? 

Jumpstart supports children between the ages of 4 to 18 from families in financial need that are enrolled in sport and play in Canada. 

How do I apply for Jumpstart funding? 

If you have not already completed an application in 2021, please visit the Individual Child Grant page and click the 'apply' button.

Once the registration process is complete you will have the ability to create a new grant request and apply for funding assistance.


If you already have an account, please log in using your email and password.

I don’t qualify under LICO but have an extenuating circumstance. What do I do?

Please fill out the “extenuating circumstances” section of the Jumpstart application and attach supporting documentation. If there are further questions about your situation/application, a Jumpstart regional manager will be in contact with you to review your application.

I know a child whose family can’t afford to pay for sports or physical activity programming. Can I apply for funding for the child on behalf of the family?

Unfortunately not. Only parents or guardians can apply for funding for their children directly. However, you can always direct families to our website to apply. If they're hesitant to share their financial information, you can reassure them that their information will be kept confidential.

Once I apply for funding, does that mean my child is registered in the sport/activity?

No. It is the parent's responsibility to work directly with the service organization to ensure a spot is available for their child.

How long does it take to process an application?

Typically between 6 to 8 weeks, however, if the organization receiving the cheque on behalf of the child is new to Jumpstart, it could take longer.

Can I request funding for two seasons in a row for my child?

Yes. We can fund successive seasons up to a maximum of $300 per activity ($600 annually), subject to chapter discretion and/or local demands.

My son/daughter is in a select/rep/elite league. Can he/she still receive funding?

While we typically only support enrollment in house league sports and programming, exceptions can be made at the discretion of the chapter and/or Jumpstart Regional Manager.

I am having difficulty uploading my documentation in the Individual Child grant application.

If you are having difficulty uploading financial details, please try taking a picture with your phone and upload the picture. Please ensure the information in the documents is viewable or your application will be declined. You should also ensure that the cache and cookies are cleared and the browser you are using is current. The minimum requirements for browsers are as follows: 

     Firefox: version 38 

     Explorer: version 9.0 

     Google Chrome: version 44 

We recommend clearing your browser history, cache, and cookies it normally addresses the issue. Open your web browser and go into “Setting” or press and hold CTRL, SHIFT, DELETE (together) and remove your history at which point you should be able to apply online. 

Please note: our online application is not compatible with mobile devices. 

    1) Clear your browsing history 

    2) Clear cache 

    3) Clear cookies 

    4) Restart browser 

    5) Restart computer (If steps 1-4 don’t work)

Community Development Grants

What are the Community Development Grant application dates in 2021?

Organizations looking to apply for a Community Development Grant can visit our Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund page to apply for a Programming Grant.

Does my program have to be new?

No. You can apply for a new or existing program.

My program has already started. Can I still apply for funding?

Unfortunately not. You are not eligible for funding if your program has already started.

Can I still apply if I miss the deadline?

Unfortunately not. Please review our Community Development Grant Guidelines for application deadlines.

What happens if I don’t submit a final report?

You will be in breach of the Grant Recipient Terms and Conditions and will be required to return all program-related funds to Jumpstart.

What if I don’t submit any child data?

You will be in breach of the Grant Recipient Terms and Conditions and will be required to return all program-related funds to Jumpstart.

My program ended up costing more than I indicated in my application. Can I get more money?

Unfortunately not.

Would you consider grants for programs consisting of fewer than 25 participants?

Twenty-five participants is a guideline. Please contact your Jumpstart regional manager for more information.

I run a drop-in program. Can I still apply?

No. Drop-in programs don't meet our requirements. Please review the Community Development Grant Guidelines to learn what qualifies for a Community Development Grant.

Para Sport Jumpstart Fund

When will applications for the Para Sport Jumpstart Fund open in 2021? 

In September 2020, Jumpstart launched its Sport Relief Fund and was able to invest $8 million to support over 660 community sport organizations across Canada. To help mitigate the pandemic’s ongoing impact on recreational sport and ensure kids have access to play, Canadian Tire Corporation announced that it is providing an incremental $12 million to Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund.


As a result we are proud to announce that we will be accepting applications for the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund for the remainder of 2021.


Organizations looking to apply for a Para Sport Jumpstart Fund can visit our Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund page to apply for a Programming Grant.

What is the maximum amount of funding I can request?

Please review the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund Guidelines for funding details.

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

The grant is aimed at grassroots programming for children and youth between the ages of 4 - 25 years old. Therefore, while your programs can include participants older than 25, funding will only be provided for children aged 4 - 25.

Is a financial need assessment required for the program participants themselves?

No.

I have previously applied for the Para Sport Jumpstart Fund. Can I apply again?

Yes. Even if your organization has received funding from the Para Sport Jumpstart Fund in the past, you can still apply.

Does the program have to be new?

No. You can apply for a new or existing program.

What if I don’t know the number of children that participate in my program?

Please try to be as accurate as possible and adjust your numbers accordingly in your final report.

My program has already started. Can I still apply for a grant?

No.

Can I still apply if I miss the deadline?

Unfortunately not. Please review the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund Guidelines for application deadlines.

Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund

What is the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund? 

Launched in September 2020, Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund started as an $8 million fund dedicated to helping sport and recreation organizations continue to operate. It provided support based on need in the form of grants covering programming and operational gaps exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic to enable safe sport and play across the country. Following the overwhelming community need that was highlighted during the initial application period, Canadian Tire Corporation has committed an additional $12 million which will allow the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund to disburse additional funding throughout 2021.

Why was Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund created?

A survey of community sport organizations suggested over half have shut their doors due to the financial burden created by COVID-19, including lost revenue and increased program costs. Jumpstart is committed to supporting sport and play for kids across Canada and is doing everything possible to help sustain community sports and recreation.

What was the response to Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund?

After launching in September 2020, Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund received almost 1,000 applications. Through the 2020 Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund, the Charity helped nearly 700 organizations and an estimated 70,000 kids across Canada.


With ongoing stoppages to sport and play, and based on recent Ipsos survey insights, we have merely scratched the surface – there is more we can do to help build back recreational and amateur sport.

Why were applicants to Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund declined?

Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund received almost 1,000 applications, and the Charity disbursed operational & program grants to nearly 700 organizations. While we’d like to support all organizations in need of funding, a small number of applicants did not meet eligibility requirements, and some could not be funded based on the nature of their applications.

What happens if the need for support exceeds $12 million?

The initial launch of the $8 million Sport Relief Fund was met with almost 1,000 requests for funding. With CTC’s additional commitment of $12 million, our goal is to reach as many organizations as possible while creating the most impact.

Who qualifies for Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund?

Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund is open to organizations and municipalities who demonstrate the greatest need and potential impact, including existing Jumpstart community grant recipients and new first-time recipients.


The application questions focus on the recovery plan from organizations, designed to provide the Charity with insight into how funding support will drive growth and innovation to build a better sport system.


If you are not sure if your organization qualifies for funding, please email jumpstart@cantire.com and provide the following information:

  • Organization name
  • Organization address
  • Contact name
  • Contact phone number
  • Type of Organization (e.g., Charity, Society, Government, Not for Profit, For Profit Business, Other)

Will organizations who received funding during the first round of Sport Relief Funding be eligible for support this time around? 

All organizations who received funding during the first round of the Sport Relief Fund will be contacted with details on how to apply for the 2021 Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund. 

How are funds being allocated?

Funds will be allocated in the form of grants to organizations and municipalities who demonstrate the greatest need and potential impact, including existing Jumpstart community grant recipients and new first-time recipient through consultation with our community partners and key stakeholders, it became clear that return to play plans have given little consideration to the systemic barriers to sport and play for many in our communities: children with disabilities, girls and young women, BIPOC children and youth, and families in financial need. The Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund will prioritize programs and activities that address these barriers. 

Will the funds be evenly distributed throughout Canada? 

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities will evaluate each application on its merits and allocate funding accordingly. The objective is to fund projects in all 289 Jumpstart Chapters across Canada.  

Who determines which organizations get approved for funding? 

Jumpstart staff will be reviewing and scoring each application using a framework that was developed with input from a panel of industry experts, including:  

  • Benoît Huot, Paralympic Gold Medallist and Jumpstart Ambassador
  • Beckie Scott, Olympic Gold Medallist and Founder and CEO of Spirit North
  • Cheri Bradish, Founder, Future of Sport Lab (FSL) and Director, Sports Business Initiatives, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
  • Norm O’Reilly, Director, International Institute for Sport Business and Leadership
  • Fabrice Vil, Founder, Pour 3 Points

How does Jumpstart hope the Fund will help community sport organizations? 

Community sport organizations are looking for nimble and rapid sources of funding support that will allow them to modify their programs to meet all the mandated health and safety measures needed to keep kids safe. Funding is needed for more equipment, higher program delivery costs due to COVID-19 protocols, PPE and sanitization, etc. The Fund will also support activities that will encourage innovation to help close the operational gaps exposed by COVID-19.

How long is the Fund open?

The Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund will begin taking applications February 11, 2021 through the end of the year. Prospective applicants are asked to review the Sport Relief Fund Application page to determine when to apply based on the timing of their programs and activities.

How do organizations learn more about the Fund and/or apply?

Organizations can apply via Jumpstart’s website.

How much funding will organizations receive? 

Jumpstart anticipates grants could range anywhere between $2,500 to more than $100,000 depending on need and program scope.  

When will community organizations receive their funding? 

Prospective applicants are asked to review the Sport Relief Fund Application page to determine when to apply based on the timing of their programs and activities. Notification will be based on the planned start of programs and activities.

With varying sport and recreation restrictions across municipalities at this time due to COVID-19, how will organizations use funding?

As part of the grant process, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities will be asking applicants to confirm that their programming adheres to return to play guidelines issued by local public health authorities or sport governing bodies. Additionally, the application questions focus on the recovery plan from organizations that will support growth and innovation to build a better sport system.

What can I do to support?

To show your support, encourage your local sports organizations to apply or donate at jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/pages/sport-relief-fund.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

For additional assistance, please contact jumpstart@cantire.com.