Apply Now For Playmakers and Sport Relief Funding

Player Funding

Jumpstart is proud to partner with the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) to create opportunities in sport for GTHL families in financial need through the Playmakers Program. Started during the 2019-20 season, funds are distributed to help with the costs of participating in organized hockey, and to run programming with a focus on child and community development. Parents who qualify for financial assistance will be able to apply online for funding through the Playmakers Program to help their child, or children, participate in a hockey program offered by their hockey association.

• Children and youth ages 4 to 18
• Registered at a Greater Toronto Hockey League organization
• Financially disadvantaged family, where such determination is based on the Federal Low Income Cut-Off guidelines set by Stats Canada (click here to find out more)

• Up to $500 in funding is provided per child to support registration and/or equipment costs associated with participation in a season of minor hockey

The application process is as follows:
1. Starting September 21, complete application—https:// gthl-playmakers
2. A Jumpstart representative reviews and approves/declines the application
3. An email is sent to you confirming funding approval—and the funding approval amount
4. Jumpstart issues a cheque to the hockey association to cover costs

The financial documents that should be provided are ONE of the following for each income earner of the family unit:
• Income assessment
• Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment showing Line 150 – Total Gross Income
• Most recent, three consecutive pay stubs
• Canadian Child Benefit (CCB) Statement – include page 2 showing family income

Playmakers Program funding is granted only on a year-by-year basis. Applicants need to re-apply for grants each year and no assurance is provided that funds will be granted in subsequent years.

Registration Period
Sep 21st 2020 until the remainder of the year.

Application (opens September 21):

Does my child need to be registered in a league before I apply for funding? Before applying for funding please ensure the hockey association is prepared to hold a place pending funding. Should I pay the hockey association and when I’m approved, Jumpstart can refund me the money? No, the Playmakers program cannot refund you for programs that have been pre-paid. It is your responsibility to work directly with the hockey association to determine how to correct any pre-paid programs.


Club/Association Funding

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on community sports and recreation, increasing the barriers to participation faced by Canada’s most vulnerable children and youth. This is why we are launching the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund – an $8 million fund that will help sport and recreation organizations continue to deliver programming in 2020 and beyond.

This fund will provide two streams of needs-based support to eligible organizations.

Assists organizations with the costs of running sport and recreational programming, including:

  • Additional hiring of coaches, instructors, or other program supervisors;
  • Meeting return to play guidelines/provincial health protocols/regulations (e.g., PPE, cleaning supplies, individual equipment for participants, etc.); and
  • Facility and transportation cost increases.

Assists organizations with operational and administrative costs, including:

  • Rehiring staff, new employees to meet changing needs, repayment of past due accounts;
  • Staff training and development, fundraising/revenue generation strategy and development, and operational efficiencies; and
  • Equipment procurement, personal protective equipment, space reconfiguration, and program delivery adaptations (including start-up expenses related to establishing online programming).
  • Organizations can apply for an operational support and capacity building grant up to $15,000. If approved, the grant value that will be awarded is subject to regional demands and budgets.

Applications to both funding streams opens on September 12 and closes on October 4, with the goal of issuing awards beginning the week of October 12. To learn more, please visit beginning Saturday, September 12th, or reach out to your Jumpstart Regional Manager

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