jumpstartCanadian Tire Jumpstart is a community-based charitable program that aims to get children active by helping to offset the cost of recreational programs for the financially disadvantaged. Canadian Tire JumpStart can provide up to $250 a year for registration fees and equipment.

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kidsportKidSport is a national children's charitable program that helps disadvantaged kids overcome the barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport. KidSport Nova Scotia provides funding of up to $500/year/child for sport registration and/or equipment.

Application deadlines are: January 1st, March 1st, May 1st, July 1st, September 1st, October 1st & November 1st.

Check out KidSport for more information.

Gary Boone Leadership Development Fund

Gary Boone Leadership Development Fund provides financial assistance to new initiatives in leadership training development which result in: increased involvement in physical activity leadership roles, increased and improved physical activity leadership skills of community recreation & sport leaders. Examples of eligible initiatives include: courses to become certified instructors, coaching certification programs, referee clinics and more.

Applications must be submitted prior to the training opportunity. Contact the Recreation Department at (902) 522-2598 for more information.

Bonvie–MacDonald Rinks to Links

NHL'ers Dennis Bonvie and Craig MacDonald founded the Rinks to Links Golf Classic in 2004. Dennis and Craig wanted to show their thanks and appreciation to their home communities by assisting children to get involved with minor hockey that might otherwise not have the opportunity. Funds raised at the tournament assists children with their registration and gear costs.

Players who register to play minor hockey in Antigonish or Strait-Richmond can apply to Rinks to Links for funding.