Jumpstart

Jumpstart

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Canadian Tire Foundation

Canadian Tire Jumpstart® is a community-based charitable program that helps kids aged 4-18 participate in organized sports and recreation such as hockey, dance, gymnastics, soccer, and swimming, so they can develop important life skills, self-esteem and confidence. For more information about the Canadian Tire Jumpstart® program visit their website here.

Jumpstart® is national in scope but local in focus, Canadian Tire Jumpstart® delivers support to children in financial need through a Canadian-wide network of local chapters. We get kids in the game by assisting with the costs associated with registration and/or equipment for sports and physical activity programming. We also lend support to unique initiatives aimed at increasing access to sports and physical activity programming.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of London is one local community partners that process applications for Boys and Girls Club programs, and community sports and recreation programs.

General Information

When families need a little financial boost to get kids involved in a sport, dance team or other active program, they need to fill out an application. This needs to be done before the fees are due, as the money goes right to the organization. Applications for assistance can typically be submitted from January 15 to November 1; with the goal for funding to be equitably distributed over Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter activities.

It takes between 6-8 weeks for an application to be processed. If a new Payee needs to be approved, it could take longer. A Payee is an organization where the cheque for approved Jumpstart funding will be sent. If the organization is not an existing Payee, then they will need to be reviewed and approved by the Jumpstart Finance team as part of the application process—hence why, in these instances, the application process could take longer.

Want to Apply?

Applications are being accepted now. Please apply directly online.

Jumpstart Online Application
(click to go directly to the site)

To submit the application online, it would be best to use a PC instead of your mobile device or tablet.

If you are a parent or guardian, you can apply for funding on behalf of your child/children by clicking the "Apply" button. All information provided will be kept confidential.

Click here to check if you meet the financial need criteria.

You will need to provide the following information as part of the application process. Be sure to have them handy once you click on the "Agree" button:

  • 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 
  • 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 (income assessment, prior year's T4 statement, or three consecutive pay stubs)

Jumpstart Guidelines

Families must meet financial need criteria in order to qualify for Jumpstart funding. Jumpstart recommends following Low Income Cut-offs (LICOs) which are based on a family’s size, the size of their community and the total family unit income (before tax).

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.

Funding Details

  • Applications must be submitted prior to the program's start date
  • Applications must include proof of financial need. Anyone of the following will suffice as proof need to provide one of the following: an income assessment, T4 statement from the previous year, or three consecutive pay stubs. 
  • 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.

More Information

Please contact to make an appointment if assistance is needed to complete the application process:
Kate Smith
Administrative Assistant
519-434-9115 ext. 229
ksmith@bgclondon.ca

Other Resources

Please Note:

KidSport London, Lace'em Up Foundation, and the Dreamcatcher Foundation applications are not directed to Jumpstart or the Boys and Girls Club, and as such, Jumpstart and the Boys and Girls Club is unable to verify receipt of applications, speak to adjudication decisions, and/or confirm/track payments by Kidsport London, Lace'em Foundation, and the Dreamcatcher Foundation.

KidSport London
(click to go directly to the site)

KidSport™ is a grassroots Canadian non-profit organization that provides support to under-resourced children and youth 18 years of age and under in London by removing financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport. Applications must be submitted at least 45 days before the start date of the activity.

Lace ‘Em Up Foundation
(click to go directly to the site)

Jumpstart has once again partnered with Lace ‘Em Up Foundation. This is an opportunity that will allow families to request up to an additional $1,000 for hockey registration fees from Lace ‘Em Up Foundation for next season, above and beyond Jumpstart support. The application season for 2019 is now closed.

Trevor Barton Memorial Foundation

The mission of the Foundation is to promote good health and physical activity among children and youth, in Ontario, and to mitigate the impact of poverty on prospective young participants. These objects will be achieved by alleviating the prohibitive financial barriers to participation in sports and physical activity for those children in poverty and underprivileged youth who may otherwise be unable to afford participation in such activities. The Foundation provides publicly-available monetary grants based on financial need and without regard to physical ability or natural aptitude for sports generally. These grants cover the costs associated with children and youth playing various sports and participating in physical activity generally.

Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation
(click to go directly to the site)

The Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation believes that youth develop leadership and teamwork skills through participation in team sports and community-based activities. Taking part in organized activities and special events allows individuals to feel like they have a greater role in their own communities. Youth are valuable contributors to our communities and The Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation would like to help develop that talent.

The Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation is a registered foundation designated to provide support and address situations unique to the First Nations community. The Foundation will supply grants to individuals with a goal of developing youth as future community leaders.

Jumpstart Online
Application

Applications are now accepted. Please apply online.

Jumpstart
Frequently Asked
Questions

To submit the Jumpstart application online, it would be best to use a PC instead of your mobile device or tablet.

More Information

Please contact to make an appointment if assistance is needed to complete the application process:
Kate Smith
Administrative Assistant
519-434-9115 ext. 229
ksmith@bgclondon.ca

Other Resources

KidSport London*

*must apply at least 45 days before the activity starts.

Lace ‘Em Up Foundation
(for hockey only)*

*Application season for 2020 has not started yet.

Trevor Barton Memorial Foundation

Dreamcatcher Charitable
Foundation
(for First Nations
community members)


Please Note:
Kidsport London, Lace'em Up Foundation, the Trevor Barton Memorial Foundation, and the Dreamcatchers Charitable Foundation applications are not directed to Jumpstart or the Boys and Girls Club, and as such, Jumpstart and the Boys and Girls Club is unable to verify receipt of applications, speak to adjudication decisions, and/or confirm/track payments by Kidsport London, Lace'em Up Foundation, the Trevor Barton Memorial Foundation, and the Dreamcatchers Charitable Foundation.

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