Financial Assistance Programs

Is your family in a demographic which would be considered in financial need?  Depending on the situation, one or more of the programs below may be available to help pay for hockey registration fees, team fees and/or equipment.

Please Note: The GCWCC grant is normally received in September and applied towards registration fees.  Other financial assistance programs (ie. Hockey Winnipeg) are funded later in the season, normally February or March.  Until funding is received, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to pay the registration and/or team fees up front pending receipt of financial assistance.  SWHA will reimburse the parent once funding has been received.

Hockey is an expensive sport, with costs for equipment, registration and team fees. Unfortunately all of the financial support programs only cover a portion of the expenses, and if you are approved for one financial support program that usually precludes you from receiving assistance from another program.

Even if you were to receive funding to help pay for registration fees, you are still responsible for paying team fees during the season, which in most cases can come close to equaling the same amount as the registration fee.

Programs Available:

1)  GCWCC Program Registration Fee Subsidy Grant  

To apply for the GCWCC Subsidy, register as follows:

  1. Register the participant online using the Hockey Canada Registry.  Choose SWHA Financial Assistance Invoice Generation Registration.
  2. Print your invoice and exit the online registration system.
  3. Take a copy of your SWHA invoice to your local Community Centre office.
    • South Winnipeg Community Centre – Vivek Bhagria, vivek.bhagria@gmail.com
    • St. Norbert Community Centre – Sheila Strutt, 204-269-4120
  4. Complete the GWCC application process with your Community Centre office.
  5. Once the GCWCC application process has been approved by the Community Centre Office (and the Minimum Parental Contribution has been paid), it is the member’s responsibility to contact the SWHA Registrar (email registrar.swha@gmail.com).  The Registrar will then add the child to the list of registered participants.

The GCWCC grant can be applied to actual program “Registration Fee” only.  Team fees (practice ice, tournament fees) are ineligible.

For more information on the GCWCC or detailed subsidy information requests go to https://www.gcwcc.mb.ca/grants-and-subsidies/ (scroll down to Program Registration Fee Subsidy Grant).

Note:  Please ensure the GCWCC application is submitted well in advance of the preseason skates or try outs (prior to Sept. 1st).  Under no circumstances will a player be registered or allowed to attend preseason skates or try outs, prior to approval.  


2) Hockey Canada Assist Fund

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund was created in response to the many families experiencing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19. The goal of the Fund is to help Canadian youth access hockey and return to the game they love.

With more than $1 million dollars in funding available for the 2021/2022 season, the Assist Fund will provide up to $500 per player in registration fee subsidies to approved applicants who are registered with a Hockey Canada-sanctioned association.

The application portal opens August 1, 2021 and can be accessed here.
Families must include proof of registration paid or an official quote from the Local Hockey Association their child will be registered with.  If families have applied and been approved for other funding, they must include on their application and deduct that amount from the $500 subsidy we make available.

Questions? Check out our site for information on how to apply and FAQs. For additional assistance, please contact assistfund@hockeycanada.ca.

3)  Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids ages 4-18 participate in organized sport and recreation.

Funding is up to $300 per activity, subject to Chapter discretion and/or local demands.

The grant can be applied towards hockey registration fees. Team fees (practice ice, tournament fees) are ineligible. Payment is made directly to SWHA on behalf of the family/child.


4)  Hockey Winnipeg Dianne Woods Memorial Player Financial Assistance

Proceeds from Hockey Winnipeg’s Dianne Woods Memorial Player Financial Assistance Program can be applied to program registration fees and/or team fees (practice ice, tournament fees).  Funding is sent directly to SWHA on behalf of the qualifying youth or child.  The amount of annual funding is determined by Hockey Winnipeg’s VP of Operations, in conjunction with the Executive Director subject to annual maximums and/or local demands. The application is available on Hockey Winnipeg’s website.


5)  Kidsport

Based on demonstrated need, Kidsport assistance of up to $300 per individual is available to children ages 9 -18 and under to help offset the cost of registration fees.  Team fees (practice ice, tournament fees) are ineligible.  Funding is sent directly to SWHA on behalf of the qualifying youth or child.


6)  Grindstone Award Foundation

The Grindstone Award Foundation is a newly formed Registered Canadian Charity that provides financial support and equipment to young female hockey players in need.  Visit http://grindstoneaward.com/apply/ for details.


Questions?

Contact:  Registrar @ registrar.swha@gmail.com