Grants & Funding

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The Recreation Committee has compiled a list of some of the financial resources that are available to help you access recreation opportunities. In addition, be sure to ask the recreation organization if they provide any assistance.

The Recreation Committee administers 4 types of financial assistance:

Leadership Training

The Recreation Committee provides funds to assist individuals wishing to attend instructional sessions, including seminars, coaching and training clinics.

Financial assistance will be given only for Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) or its equivalent.

Financial assistance will not be considered for courses required for employment purposes (ex. the applicant being paid for refereeing after taking a Referee's clinic).

To apply for this grant, fill out a Recreation Committee Leadership Training Application Form.

Provincial / National / International Competitions

The Recreation Committee provides funds to assist individuals or teams to participate in recreation type competitions at a Provincial, National or International level.

An applicant must be a student, minor, senior or handicapped.

Participation in the competition must have resulted from a culmination of sanctioned competitions at a local, regional or provincial level. Participation in an invitational type competition, which does not require satisfying a specific level of achievement, is not eligible for funding.

For more information about this Fund, view the Provincial, National, International Competitions Form.

Activity Subsidy Fund

Through its fundraising activities, the Recreation Committee allocates limited subsidies to individuals requiring financial assistance to participate in community recreation activities. Funding requests are considered for a variety of recreation activities (e.g. soccer, baseball, music, dance, swimming, skating, etc.).  

Subsidies are available to assist with the registration and equipment costs of recreation activities as needed. Subsidies for recreation activities in the non-profit or the private sector are eligible. Applicants must be residents of Niagara Falls.

In addition to the Committee’s own fundraising activities, donations to this fund from individuals and/or groups in the community are encouraged.

For any of the grant forms above, the form needs to be printed out, completed, and sent to:

City of Niagara Falls
Recreation & Culture
7150 Montrose Road, Unit 1
Niagara Falls, Ontario
L2H 3N3
Attention: Dolores Sacco
Phone: 905-356-7521 ext 3342

Additional Community Funding

Below are programs available to assist families in accessing community recreation opportunities.  These programs are delivered by partner agencies.

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.

PROKids

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.