KSA provides financial assistance for local minor sports groups, athletes and charities.

Outline of KSA's major programs & criteria

Updated Sunday October 21, 2018 by Kitchener Sports Association.


PHOTO: The Conestoga Sailing Club celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sat. June 25, 2011 and KSA Past President John Thompson(r) congratulates the Club's Commodore Ben Harrison as Jeff Baker, a past Commodore. Several years ago KSA provided funding for a sailboat and, in 2012, KSA contributed $3,500 to the Club's Dock Project.



Grants and Funding

Purpose: In general, to make grants available to any community or minor sports organization with participants from the cities of Kitchener or Waterloo or the townships of Wellesley, Wilmot or Woolwich based on an ability to demonstrate a special project or innovative need.

Availability: One-time only, per season, for each special project or innovative need. Groups are eligible to apply, and receive funding support, for more than one project or purpose. 

Application Deadline:  There is no set deadline for applications for most of our funding programs --- see exceptions below. Applications are accepted, from local minor sports groups and charities, for consideration throughout the year, and are considered by the KSA Operating Committee which is comprised of the Board of Directors and volunteers from the KSA membership. We cannot fund individual athletes directly; applications must come from a local elgible sports group.
       Groups seeking funding assistance are encouraged to submit their request/inquiry as soon as possible, e.g. well before the event or need, to allow adequate time for preparation of the required documentation and processing thereof.
       Note: The Scholarship Program does have a fixed deadline date each year - early April as the awards (as of 2015) are presented at KSA's April dinner. No applications are accepted after the specified date.
       Sports groups with athletes wishing to be included in the Athletic Excellence Program are encouraged to submit their applications by the published "processing date(s)". 

KSA funding programs:

Travel Grants: To assist with travel costs for teams or individuals who have qualified as provincial champions, or equivalent, traveling to national (or equivalent) or international events. The grant will assist local players and, possibly, volunteer coaches/assistants, managers/ trainers, and other volunteers specifically attached to the team. Requests must be submitted in advance --- as soon as possible and preferably at least a week prior to the event.
Generally, travel assistance is not provided for invitational and non-sanctioned events.

Equipment and/or Capital Grants:

  • To assist organizations with the purchase of equipment or renovation of facilities to ensure there is safe environment for all participants. 
  • To provide "seed" money for new/expansion programs
  • To provide financial assistance for capital projects.

Note: KSA does not provide funding for normal operating expenses. Groups are expected to include replacement costs and depreciation allowances in their budgets.

Hosting Grants: To assist local organizing committees in hosting sanctioned national or international events. Funding is based on the number of competitors, including coaches, managers etc.
       Note: As funds advanced by KSA are to help cover costs, it is usually stipulated that the money is repaid (up to the amount of KSA funding) to KSA should the event end up turning a "profit".

Other Special Grants: KSA is open to consider other requests which may not fit within the guidelines of one of the specific programs and/or guidelines. Such requests are considered on an individual basis, on their own merit. Inquiries from local sports groups are always welcome.

KSA also, from time to time, offers special grant opportunities which may have specific requirements/restrictions and/or be of a time-sensitive nature.

NEW: (As of Oct. 2018)  Applications for funding assistance from KSA for any of the above (travel grants, capital projects, expansion initiatives, tournament hosting, and/or special projects), should be submitted directly to our KSA Grant Chair (John Thompson) at John is also the contact for more information. He will faciliate the processing of your application(s).  


Special KSA Funding Programs

Scholarship Program:  Refer to Scholarship section  As of 2017, KSA is offering up to 8 awards of $1,500 each for first-year post-secondary school studies. Applications are reviewed by the KSA Scholarship Committee.

KSA Fee-assistance Program: This program, initiated in the spring of 2013, provides financial support to local minor sports groups which offer subsidized registration fees. Groups partnering with KSA on this program screen, assess and process their own player registrations. Note that there is an approval process to establish eligibility for the sports group which is generally processed a season/year beforehand. Applications are reviewed by the KSA Fee-assistance Committee. More information

Athletic Excellence Program:  This program provides financial assistance to local minor athletes requiring extensive travel to compete at national (or equivalent) or international events/competitions and/or extensive coaching, training or equipment expenses/needs.
        Local minor sports organizations are encouraged to inquire and forward information on behalf of their top performers. Requests for each athlete are treated on an annual basis by KSA's Athletic Excellence Committee.
Note: The Athletic Excellence Program essentially fills the void left in our formal funding offerings when KSA's Olympic Dreams Program was discontinued in June 2012. Athletic Excellence Program details

Listing of KSA's recent/current special grant opportunities:

  • Hockey Helps the Homeless Legacy Grants: In 2014, KSA donated $6,180 to the House of Friendship for sports equipment for the "Kids Outdoors Program" and $4,500 to Lutherwood to help establish the Bike Program at the Safe Haven Shelter.
  • 2018 ISC Tournament Legacy Grants: KSA had $20,000 available in 2018 to local ball groups. Successful applicants were:
       - Kitchener Minor Baseball: $6,000 for capital upgrades at Breithaupt Park
       - KW Minor Boys Softball: $2,880.37 for an additional pitching machine & netting
       - Kitchener Minor Girls Softball: $4,000 for an additional pitching machine & floor mats
       - Stanley Park Optimist Ball: $2,400 for an additional play area & backstop at Franklin Park
       - Waterloo Minor Baseball: capital upgrades to organize facilities at Auburn Park

  • Special Hockey International Legacy Grants: In 2013, the following sports groups and charities received grants:‚Äč
    -  Extend-a-Family Opportunities Development: $1,700 for its Community Ball Hockey Tournament Day
    -  Central Ontario Developmental Riding Program: $5,000 capital grant towards the replacement of the footing material in the arena
    -  KidsAbility: $3,245 for special skating equipment (SkateAble Program)
    -  Canadian Special Hockey Association: $2,000 as a one-time start-up grant.
    -  KW Habilitation Services: $5,000 for the capital building campaign

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