Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities (Jumpstart) continues to make it easier for families to play the game they love. In partnership with the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), Jumpstart is once again offering Individual and Community Grants as part of the Playmakers Grant Program for the 2022-2023 season.
The funding is open to both GTHL organizations and individual players.
Community Grants will assist with operational support 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 beginning August 16, 2022 through to February 2023 (or when funding runs out). All applications will be evaluated and prioritized using an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) score based on the applicant’s efforts to address systemic barriers to sport and recreation. Organizations are encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to EDI in their application by submitting an initiative or letter of support from an equity serving group in their community that shows the organization’s efforts to grow the game. 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 August 16, 2022 through to February 2023 (or when funding runs out). Applications are to be submitted through Jumpstart’s grant system via 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 Jumpstart. 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 participants in Markham, Mississauga, Toronto and Vaughan. The purpose of the GTHL is to govern organized hockey for youth within its jurisdiction, and to foster participation that reflects the cultural demographic of the League’s territory while promoting an environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all participants.