Youth Sports Funding Assistance
Sport and activities play a critical role in our well-being, and good habits taught early, can benefit a lifetime.
That’s why the Town of Peace River’s Community Services Department partners with initiatives like the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program, as well as other community and regional programs; to ensure that every child has to opportunity to take part in the sport of activity of their choice.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart
This program is a great way to get your child into the organized sport of their choice. If your child meets the criteria below and lives within the outlined area then fill out an application form, applications can also be filled out online on Canadian Tire’s website. An endorsement letter will also be required along with your application. This is just a short reference letter that can come from agency representatives, community leaders, or those that mentor and support, or advocate for youth in need.
- Children between 4 to 18 years of age.
- Funding can be used to cover registration fees, equipment costs and/or transportation costs; (Your child can register in the sport before making an application to Jumpstart, but do not pay any fees upfront, inform them that you are applying for Jumpstart and your Jumpstart Representatives contact information).
- Each child is eligible to receive funding of up to $200 per year. The maximum amount of funding may differ from chapter to chapter due to the varying size of chapter budgets.
- Funding is available for all children within a low-income family.
- All monies directed to a Community Partner to support a child go to the direct benefit of the child, and should not be reported as a sponsorship or donation to a Community Partner.
- Reimbursements for registration, equipment or transportation costs already paid by, or on behalf of, the family shall not be granted.
- Jumpstart typically supports participation in sports or physical activity at the recreational level. Exceptions are up to the discretion of the Chapter and/or Regional Manager; with the Regional Manager having ultimate approval.
- Funding goes to support an individual’s participation in an activity.
- Funding should be for a sustained program that is either a minimum of five weeks duration with a minimum of one session per week or, in the case of sport camps, five consecutive days.
- Advance written authorization from Jumpstart must be received in order for a child of a Community Partner’s staff to be eligible for support.
- Families and/or guardians need to be informed that the funds have been made available by Jumpstart.
- Jumpstart should be reimbursed for any funding the Charity provides that is reimbursed or is not used for the intended purpose indicated in the approved submission.
Funding Principles and Preferences
- Support only those children who would not have been able to participate in a physical activity without assistance.
- Every effort should be made to provide funding to children of each gender and ethnicity, as well as all interests and abilities.
- Support participation in activities that are longer term in duration.
- Funding preference is to pay for registration fees, with consideration to fund equipment or transportation costs on a case by case basis.
- Preference should be given for funding lower cost activities.
- Strike a balance between funding the same children and new children from year to year.
Peace River Community Scholarship Programs
For activities in the Town of Peace River that aren’t necessarily sports related there is the Community Services Community Scholarship Fund, which is administered by the Town of Peace River. To qualify for this program you MUST be a resident of the Town of Peace River. If you are please fill out and submit your application form.
If you have any questions about either of these programs please contact Community Services at (780) 624-1000.