General Jumpstart Grant Information

Applying for a Grant

Q: How do I apply for a Jumpstart Grant?

A: Submissions for all Jumpstart grants are accepted via online application forms. Before beginning an application, ensure that you have selected the correct Jumpstart Grant and reviewed all of the applicable eligibility requirements.

  1. To apply for a Jumpstart Grant, please visit the corresponding grant webpage and click on the START APPLICATION button at the bottom of the page. The web pages for each of the Jumpstart grant streams can be found below:

    Individual Child Grants

    Community Development Grants

    Parasport Grants

    Accessibility Grants

  2. As a new applicant who has not previously applied for Jumpstart funding, select ‘New Applicant” to create a login ID (email address) and password. Please make note of these details to log in and access any saved applications at a later date. 

  3. As a returning applicant, log in using your existing Jumpstart account login ID (email address) and password. If you have forgotten these details, click the “Forgot Password” button to reset the password and access your account. 

  4. Once you’ve started an application, the application can be saved. To access and complete any saved in progress applications, log into your Jumpstart account using this link:

    On the Applications page, click on the Application Name to continue working on an application you’ve already started. All in progress applications are found under the “In Progress” tab under Show.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email confirming receipt of your application following submission. The email will come from “Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities” at the email address:

    Please ensure it is not directed to your Junk folder.

Accessing Jumpstart Accounts

Q: How do I access my Jumpstart account?
A: To access your Jumpstart account, use this link:

Enter your login ID (email address) and password. If you have forgotten your password, click on the “Forgot Password” link to have an automated email sent to your email address (see screenshot below). This email will come from “Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities” at the email address: ensure it is not directed to your Junk folder

Q: How do I access a saved application form? 

A: To access and complete any in progress applications, log into your Jumpstart account using this link: 

On the Applications page, click on the Application Name to continue working on an application you’ve already started. All in progress applications are found under the “In Progress” tab under Status

Please note, you will not be able to submit after the grant deadline

Q: When I click on the Start Application link to begin an application, I see a message saying theprogram is not currently accepting applications, what do I do?

A: Please verify on the Jumpstart website that the grant application period is currently open. If the grantapplication period is open and accepting applications but you continue to see the message saying it isclosed, try these steps: 

1. Copy and paste the application form link into a different web browser (see #2 for list ofcompatible browsers)

2. Ensure you're using a compatible web browser. The minimum requirements for browsersare:
-  Mozilla Firefox (version 45 or later)
-  Internet Explorer (version 11)
-  Safari for Mac
 - Google Chrome (version 44)

3. Clear your web browser history, caches and cookies. See instructions specific to eachbrowser below:
-  Mozilla Firefox
-  Internet Explorer 11
-  Internet Explorer 10
-  Safari for Mac
-  Google Chrome

Managing Applications

Q: How do I print a copy of my application form?
A: To view submitted applications, you must first login to your Jumpstart accounting using the following link:

Once you have logged in, click on the mail icon located under the Action menu (far right column) to senda copy of your application to an email address. Once emailed to yourself, a copy of the application canbe printed for your records

Q: How do I see my submitted applications?
A: To view submitted applications, you must first login to your Jumpstart accounting using the following link:

Once you have logged in, click on the Show dropdown menu to switch from In-Progress to Submitted.Submitted applications are read only.

Tips and Tricks

Be sure to use a compatible web browser when accessing your Jumpstart account. Theminimum requirements for browsers are:
-  Mozilla Firefox (version 45 or later)

-  Internet Explorer (version 11)

-  Safari for Mac
-  Google Chrome (version 44)

Limit your use of bullets and other formatting in application and requirement form fields. 

Ensure your email account allows automated emails so you can receive correspondence fromthe Jumpstart online grant system. If you are not able to receive automated emails from thesystem, your email account is identifying Jumpstart’s automated emails as spam.

Add these email addresses below to your address book to prevent correspondence from beingdirected to your Spam or Junk folders:  -


Jumpstart Contacts

General Jumpstart Donation Information

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

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 History 

    2) Clear caches 

    3) Clear cookies 

    4) Restart browser 

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

What are the Terms and Conditions for the Individual Child Grant?

Terms and Conditions for the Individual Child Grant can be found here.

Community Development Grants

What is the due date for programs taking place between January 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021?

Please note that as a result of ongoing changes due to COVID-19, our grant timelines have changed and our Fall 2020 application period (normally August to October) will be pushed back. Please continue to visit our website for updates on when applications will open for this period.

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.

Accessibility Grants

What are Jumpstart Accessibility Grants?

As part of Jumpstart’s Inclusive Play Project, Jumpstart Accessibility Grants support capital costs of construction and renovations to improve physical access to, and inclusivity in, recreation facilities.

What organizations are eligible for a Jumpstart Accessibility Grant?

To be eligible for a Jumpstart Accessibility Grant, organizations must be a qualified donee as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency. For more information on qualified donees please visit:

What types of projects do Jumpstart Accessibility Grants cover?

The Jumpstart Accessibility Grants provide funding for projects that improve accessibility, inclusion and safety for children with disabilities through renovations, retrofits or construction of community facilities and venues so that recreation programs and/or services can be accessed and enjoyed by children of all abilities.

How do I apply for a Jumpstart Accessibility Grant?

The 2020 grant application process is scheduled to open December 1, 2019 at

How are successful recipients chosen? 

Recipients are selected through evaluation and adjudication by a panel of subject matter experts in the fields of parasport, infrastructure, venue operations and disability advocacy using the following evaluation criteria: 

I. Innovative project plan that clearly outlines how this infrastructure project would fill a gap within the community and enhance overall access to physical activity and sport for children with disabilities 
 II. A demonstration that the retrofit upgrade will enhance the overall inclusiveness of an already-accessible facility. 
III. Evidence of a strategy to enhance the number of programs available for youth with disabilities at the facility or intentional use as a result of the infrastructure upgrades. 
IV. Evidence of inclusion of persons with a disability in the project team either through an accessibility review committee, endorsements from subject matter experts or potential user groups.    

How are funds disbursed for Jumpstart Accessibility Grants? 

Jumpstart will disburse 70% of the total awarded grant upon receipt of the Initial Report, including: 
 Copy of the building permit for the project 
o Signed agreement 
o Supporting quotes for the project 
 o Confirmation that all funding is in place and the project is proceeding, 
 o Other reporting requirements as outlined by Jumpstart. 
• The grant recipient must submit a Final Report, in the format requested by Jumpstart, upon completion of the project (no later than 10 business days). The purpose of the Final Report is to evaluate the final project against the original application. Proof of expenses and photographs/videos will be required. The deadline for the Final Report will correspond with the project completion date. 
 • Jumpstart will disburse the remaining 30% of the grant awarded, upon approval of the Final Report and satisfactory completion of grant requirements.

Need more information?

If you have any further questions about the grant or application, please e-mail

Para Sport Jumpstart Fund

What is the maximum amount of funding I can request?

There is no maximum granting amount, however, Jumpstart and the Canadian Paralympic Committee reserve the right to decrease any funding request if we feel the budget is too large for the proposed program. We ask that you please be specific when building the budget in your application.

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?


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?


Can I still apply if I miss the deadline?

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

Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund

What is the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund? 

Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund is an $8 million fund dedicated to helping sport and recreation organizations continue to operate in 2020 and beyond. It will provide support based on need in the form of grants which will go towards covering programming and operational gaps created by the COVID pandemic to enable safe sport and play across the country.

Why was Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund created?

A recent survey of community sport organizations suggests that over half have shut their doors due to the financial burden created by COVID-19, including lost revenue and increased program costs. With a fifteen-year history of supporting access to sport and play for kids across Canada and an understanding of the role sport plays in the health and well-being of kids and their families, Jumpstart is doing everything possible to help sustain community sports.   

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 partners. Qualified donees (as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency) who meet the required criteria and support child welfare through sport and recreation programming are eligible. 

How long is the Fund open?

Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund is open from September 12 to October 4, 2020.

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

Organizations can apply via Jumpstart’s website.

What can I do to support?

To show your support, encourage your local sports organizations to apply or donate at

How are funds being allocated?

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

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, Jumpstart is asking applicants to confirm 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 the growth and innovation to build a better sport system.

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.  

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

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

Who determines which organizations get approved for funding? 

In addition to an internal review by Jumpstart staff, to help ensure support reaches as many organizations as possible while having the most impact, we've created a Community Sport Relief Panel comprised 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

When will community organizations receive their funding? 

Decisions will be made by Friday, October 9, 2020, with disbursements to follow after Thanksgiving. 

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

For additional assistance, please contact