Individual Child Grants

Removing Financial Barriers

Sometimes, families need financial assistance to get their kids into a sport or physical activity. We're committed to helping all families access a range of activities, from boxing to bowling and skating to skiing, and more.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding for one or more children, families must first meet specific financial criteria as per Revenue Canada’s Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICO) chart. Jumpstart uses the furthest column to the right of the chart for eligibility.

Other Funding Requirements

  • Children must fall between the ages of 4 - 18 years old.
  • Funding is allocated to sustained programs that involve a sport or physical activity.
  • Programs should be a minimum of five weeks in duration and include at least one session per week. In the case of sports camps, the program must last at least five consecutive days for consideration.

What We Cover

Jumpstart funds more than 70 activities related to physical activity. For activities that aren't listed below, please contact your local Jumpstart Chapter to see if funding is available. So long as it involves physical activity, there's a good chance we can help.

  • Archery
  • Boys & Girls Club Membership
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Broomball 
  • Bocce
  • Cheerleading
  • Climbing
  • Community Centre Membership
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Dance

  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Figure Skating
  • Fishing
  • Fitness Membership
  • Floor Hockey
  • Football
  • Girl Guides
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • In-Line Skating/ Rollerblading
  • Kin-Ball
  • Lacrosse
  • Lawn Bowling

  • Martial Arts
  • Multisports
  • Orienteering
  • Racquetball
  • Ringette
  • Rugby
  • Sailing & Kayaking/ Canoeing
  • Scouts
  • Skateboarding
  • Skating
  • Skiing
  • Skipping
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Sport Camp
  • Squash

  • Swimming  
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Walking
  • Water Polo
  • Windsurfing
  • Wrestling
  • YMCA/ YWCA Membership
  • Yoga

Funding Details

  • It is recommended that applications are submitted prior to the program start date. Applications submitted where the program has concluded will not be reviewed.
  • Applications must include proof of financial need. A clear, legible, and current copy of pages 1 and 2 of your Canada Child Benefit (Statement) will be required as proof of need.

  • Under exceptional circumstances (e.g., recent immigrants to Canada, individuals fleeing spousal abuse, etc.) alternative confirmation of eligibility will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

  • Funding is up to $300 per activity, subject to Chapter discretion and/or local demands.
  • Children can be funded for successive seasons in an activity, up to a maximum of $300 per activity
  • The annual maximum amount a child is eligible to receive is up to $600, subject to Chapter discretion and/or local demands.
  • Cheques are made payable to the service organization, identified as the “payee” in the application. A payee can be a local hockey association, gymnastics club, etc., that coordinates the sports or physical activity on behalf of the qualifying youth/child.
  • All approvals will be determined by the local Jumpstart Chapter and designated Canadian Tire Jumpstart Regional Manager, and are subject to local demands and Chapter budgets.

Funding Timelines

  • The Individual Child grant application opens in January and closes when the funds have been depleted for the year.

Before You Apply

Before you start your application, please have the following ready:

  • Your contact information (name, postal code, telephone number, and email address)
  • The first name, last name, gender, and date of birth of your child
  • The details of the sport or physical activity in which your child would like to participate including program dates, the name of the program and proof of programming
  • The amount that you are requesting from Jumpstart
  • The name of the non-profit/charity/service organization (payee) running the sport or physical activity program
  • Proof of financial need; a clear, legible, and current copy of pages 1 and 2 of your Canada Child Benefit (Statement) will be required as proof of need

Applications

We appreciate your patience while your application is processed as applications are being prioritized based on program start date. Jumpstart is taking extra precautions reviewing applications to confirm programs have permission to run in accordance with local health directives.