We recognize that it can be expensive to play hockey. We want to ensure that every child who wants to play hockey has the opportunity to play hockey. There are organizations in Ontario which assist children to play organized sports such as hockey such as those listed below.
Town of East Gwillimbury - Youth and Community Initiatives Fund
The Town of East Gwillimbury is committed to helping youth (under age 19), elite athletes and community groups of the Town to participate in various activities and community programs.
To support this commitment, the Town has established a “Youth and Community Initiatives Fund”, which is funded through the Mayor & Council Charity Golf Tournament held annually in September.
The purpose of the Youth and Community Initiatives Fund is to provide financial assistance to both individuals and community groups to help them participate in or organize various activities offered throughout the Town.
Visit the Town of Eastgwillimbury Youth and Community Initiatives Fund
Dunsmuir Dream Foundation
The Dunsmuir Dream Foundation is dedicated to supporting parents looking to get their children on the ice playing hockey through our various initiatives. They donate 100% of our profits back towards local hockey organizations or directly to families in need of subsidizing the high costs of playing Canada's game.
They are involved in many events each year including an annual 3 on 3 ice hockey tournament hosting NHL level stars such as Connor McDavid and Brandon Montour, an equipment donation drive, jewelry parties, and often have booths set up at local tournaments.
The goal for the Dunsmuir Foundation is to promote great opportunities for those in need all over Canada. The organization was named after the Dunsmuir family in which four of five family members passed away unexpectedly in a house fire in March 2013. Being largely involved in the community and going as far as supporting others in financial need of playing hockey, the foundation strives to honour the Dunsmuir name.
Visit the Dunsmuir Dream Foundation website
- Applicants are open from August 1 to 31st
- Funding up to $1000 per player
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program
Canadian Tire JumpStart is a community-based charitable program that helps kids in financial need participate in organized sports and recreation activities such as hockey.
- Applicants must be 5 to 18 years old
- Funding up to $300 per child is available
- A maximum of one program per child is allowed per season
- Funding is available for different members of the same family during the same season
- Funding approval is dependent on the financial situation of each child and will be determined by the JumpStart Committee
Visit the Canadian Tire Jumpstart web site
KidSport is a grass roots Canadian non-profit organization that provides support to under-resourced children and youth 18 years of age and under by removing financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.
- The KidSport grant covers up to $250 per child, per calendar year, to go towards registration fees and personal sports equipment.
- Children 18 years old and under qualify for KidSport funding.
- Applications must be submitted 45 days prior to activity start date.
- The KidSport Ontario grant covers organized sports that are instructed by qualified coaches and that represent a sustainable sport experience.
Visit the Kidsport Ontario website
NHLPA Dreams and Goals
The NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund is the largest grassroots hockey assistance program in the world. Founded in 1999, Goals & Dreams has contributed over $21 million to grassroots hockey programs and related causes in 25 countries. Through the donation of equipment grants, the program has given more than 60,000 deserving children the opportunity to play hockey and benefit from the sport's commitment to teamwork, discipline and physical fitness.
NHLPA Goals and Dreams Game Changer Award provides grants up to $2,000 to children, families and communities facing unique economic or social challenges.
Visit the NHLPA Goals and Dreams website
Grindstone Award Foundation
The Grindstone Award Foundation is a charity that enables young female players to participate and improve their skill development in the sport of hockey. The intent is to provide support to communities across Canada and address the needs of players who have a desire to play, but are unable to for financial reasons.
The Foundation provides grants to female players under the age of nineteen who have expressed a desire to pursue their goals in athletics. Our selection will be based on financial need and desire, not on hockey ability. It is the Foundation’s intention that all grants will be awarded objectively in accordance with this criteria.
Visit the Grindstone Award Foundation website