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

Outline of KSA's major programs & criteria

Updated Sunday February 10, 2019 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, KSA raises money to provide grants in support of not-for-profit minor sports associations and charitable groups with requests fulfilling the KSA mission that "True sportsmen make good citizens". 

Eligibility:  Grant applications will be considered from organizations that:

  • are located in, and/or provide programs to the youth of the cities of Kitchener or Waterloo or the townships of Wellesley, Wilmot or Woolwich
  • have requests that meet the general funding requirements of KSA and the licencing restrictions KSA operates within, i.e. the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario

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. KSA currently offers funding through four ongoing separate programs, each administered by a separate committee with its own guidelines and criteria (as outlined below). On occasion, there are also special KSA "Legacy" grant programs that target specific groups and/or needs in the local sporting community.

Application Deadline: Unless stated otherwise, there is no set deadline for applications for most of our funding programs --- see exceptions below. 
       Groups seeking funding assistance are encouraged to submit their request/inquiry as soon as possible, i.e. well before the event or need. KSA does not accept after-the-fact applications for funding. With the exception of the Scholarship Awards, KSA cannot fund individual athletes directly; requests must come from an eligible sports group.
       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.

KSA funding programs:

Capital, Equipment, Travel, Hosting, and grants for New Programs ("Seed" money) As of October 2018, applications for funding assistance from KSA for any of these initiatives are being handled by the KSA Grants Committee; refer to Funding Criteria for more information and Application Procedure for the submission form. 

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

Scholarship Awards:  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. The deadline is in early April each year with presentation at KSA's April dinner meeting.

KSA Fee-assistance Grants: 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

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

  • 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

KSA Grants Form fillable 2019.pdf

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