Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) announced today that they are making $480,000 available as part of the Playmakers Grant Program for the 2021-2022 season.
The funding is open to both GTHL organizations and individual players. Community Grants will assist with operational support, administrative costs and programming support to specifically aid organizations with the costs of delivering sport and recreational programming. Applications for the Playmakers Community Grant can be submitted through Jumpstart’s grant system as of Aug. 9 and until Nov. 1. Organizations can apply for support up to $15,000 and all applications will be evaluated and prioritized using an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion score based on the applicant’s efforts to address systemic barriers to sport and recreation. Interested organizations can register and apply by visiting: https://jumpstartgrants.smartsimple.ca.
Individual Grants can be used to support registration fees associated with either GTHL house league or competitive programs. Applications for Individual Grants will open Aug. 16 and will close Dec. 1 (or when funding runs out.) Applications are to be submitted through Jumpstart’s grant system, https://jumpstartgrants.smartsimple.ca/, and will be required to meet Jumpstart grant criteria. Grants will be a maximum of $500 per child.
The Playmakers Program, established in 2019, is a partnership between the GTHL and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. Funds are distributed annually to qualifying families to help alleviate the costs associated with participating in organized hockey, and funding is provided to eligible organizations to run programming with a focus on child and community development.
The partnership will see Jumpstart match funds contributed by the GTHL Legacy Fund, comprising total funding of more than $1.5 million over five years.
About Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity committed to ensuring kids in need have equal access to sport and recreation. With an extensive, national network of more than 1,000 grantees and 289 local chapters, Jumpstart helps eligible families cover the costs of registration, transportation, and equipment, and provides funding to selected organizations for recreational infrastructure and programming. Supported by the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, Jumpstart has provided more than 2.4 million opportunities for Canadian kids to get in the game since 2005. For more information, visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca.
About the Greater Toronto Hockey League
Founded in 1911, the GTHL is a non-profit organization and the largest minor hockey league in the world. The GTHL registers more than 40,000 annual participations in Mississauga, Toronto, Markham, and Vaughan.