Kidsport Charity

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KidSport is a national children's charity started in British Columbia in 1992 making its way to Manitoba the following year.  KidSport is administered by Sport Manitoba with each region being cared for by its respective regional office - Brandon, MB is covered by the Westman Region office.  KidSport receives no government funding. All funding dispersed is raised locally by a volunteer committee. These volunteers, along with Sport Manitoba staff, oversee fundraising, promotion, and distribution of funds.  Administrative costs are covered by Sport Manitoba ensuring that 100% of the funds raised go directly to children in need.

KidSport offers two main services:

  • Financial Assistance to individual athletes who would be unable to participate in organized sport without assistance
  • Equipment collection and redistribution to children who cannot afford their own

 

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KidSport Financial Assistance

 

Covered Activities 

Financial Assistance provided by KidSport can only be used to assist with the cost of registration fees. Costs relating to camps, travel, championships, uniforms, fundraising bonds, canteen bonds, etc. do not qualify.  

 

Assistance Available

A maximum of $300 per calendar year per athlete is available.

 

Age Eligibility

KidSport assists children up to the age of 18.

 

Deadline

Annual deadlines to apply for funding are monthly on the 15th. Applications submitted after the deadline will be carried over to the next deadline.  Check out our calendar for more information on dates and other events hosted by KidSport.

 

Requirements

  • Proof of income (preferably in the form of a Canada Customs and Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year) must be provided along with applications. For acceptability of other proof of income, please contact the office.
  • Preference is given to athletes who are being introduced into organized sport.
  • Submitting an eligible application to KidSport does not guarantee funds. Each application is assessed individually after the deadline to determine if funding will be provided.
  • Funding cheques are sent directly to sport organizations, not to individuals. Individuals cannot be reimbursed for fees that have already been paid.
  • Sport activities must be affiliated with organizations recognized by their respective Provincial Sport Organization and Sport Manitoba.
  • In order to receive funding, families must meet the low income cut-off guidelines, as determined by KidSport Manitoba. These guidelines ensure that financial assistance is only provided to families that are actually in need. Current income levels are available on the KidSport website. (Family size includes the total number of parents and children in the family.) For 2015, the income levels are:         

 

Family Size

Maximum Annual Gross Income

2

$29,706

3

$36,520

4

$44,340

5

$50,290

6

$56,718

7+

$63,147

 

 

KidSport Application Procedure

  • KidSport applicants must register their child in their chosen sport(s). (Sports are asked to waive payment for individuals registering as KidSport applicants. Once applications have been approved, KidSport will get payments to sport organizations as soon as possible.)
  • The sport organization completes Section 3 of the KidSport application, confirmed that the child is registered and what the fee is.
  • The KidSport applicant completes their form, including all necessary financial information, and submits it to the Sport Manitoba – Westman Region office on or before 4:30 pm the day of the deadline.
  • The KidSport committee meets shortly after the deadline to evaluate each application. Payment is sent directly to the sport organizations and a confirmation letter is sent to the applicant for approved applications. If an application is not approved, a letter is sent to the applicant and sport organization informing them of the decision.
  • Click this link for the application

 

 


KidSport
 Equipment

sports equipment

  • KidSport collects new and used equipment and distributes it to children who cannot afford to purchase their own.
  • All equipment is checked to ensure it meets safety standards.
  • Applications for equipment are accepted at any time throughout the year.
  • When filling out the application, applicants are encouraged to try on equipment from a friend, teammate, store, etc., to ensure that correct sizes are asked for.
  • Availability of equipment depends greatly on the time of year, current demands, current stock, and donation rate.
  • Equipment is provided on a first come, first served basis.
  • Applicants may be required to pay shipping costs, as all equipment comes from Winnipeg.
  • Click this link for an application.
  • To Donate used equipment, contact the Western Region office to arrange drop off.

  

KidSport Donations

 

  • Financial donations are graciously accepted throughout the year. Donations can be mailed in, dropped off in person, or submitted online.
  • Official tax receipts are available upon request.

 

For More Information

Contact the Westman Regional Office of Sport Manitoba, check out the KidSport website or Sport Manitoba

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