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Funding and Assistance Programs

Financial Assistance Programs Available for Sports and Activities

Jump Start

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart program focuses on helping individual children become involved in organized sports and recreational activities to help them develop a healthier lifestyle in their early years.  Assist kids in financial need aged 4 to 18. Applications are accepted twice per year through Project SHARE.  For more information, please call 905-357-5121 ext. 25.

Matthew Daniele Memorial Fund

This fund was established in memory of Matthew Daniele to keep his memory alive by assisting families in need to access sport and recreation opportunities. Generally, the fund is accessed through referrals.  Local organizations contact the fund on behalf of families in need. For further information call 905-374-3915 or by email.

Bob Gale Recreation Fund

Provides financial assistance to individuals from Niagara Falls of all ages who otherwise would not be able to participate in active and healthy lifestyle activities. Funding can be used for activity registration fees, equipment costs, and transportation costs.  An application form must be completed and submitted to the Bob Gale Recreation Fund Committee c/o City of Niagara Falls.  Funding will only be provided to residents of and taxpayers of Niagara Falls.


Niagara’s ProKids supports the participation of eligible children and youth from birth to 18 years of age in the activity of their choice.  Families who are eligible for child care subsidy as determined through child care income testing or who are in receipt of social assistance or are a tenant of Niagara Regional Housing are eligible.  For eligibility or general information, call Children’s Services at 905-984-6900 ext. 3797 or email.

KidSport Niagara

The KidSport™ program helps underserviced children and youth break through the social and/or economic barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport and physical activity. This is accomplished through the distribution of registration fees and equipment grants.  Preference is given to athletes being introduced to sport for the first time. Grants are for children 6-17 years. Contact Shari at 905-708-7364 or by email.  Applications are available online.