Funding Opportunities for Wheelchair Athletes

Canadian Paralympic Committee
Para-Equipment Fund

The Para-Equipment Fund (PEF) aims to assist local and provincial organizations in delivering recruitment programming and expanding the availability of introductory-based equipment. Grants are awarded to cover 50 per cent of the total cost of equipment up to a maximum of $5,000.

If you are looking for wheelchairs for such sports as wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, and athletics; as well as hand cycles then please apply for the Invacare Para-Equipment Fund.

Canadian Paralympic Committee
Parasport Jumpstart Fund

The Parasport Jumpstart Fund was created by Canadian Tire Jumpstart and Canadian Paralympic Committee to help get more kids across Canada involved in sport. The fund helps to support the costs of sports and recreational programs for children between the ages of four and 18, who are financially disadvantaged and living with a disability.  Funds may be used towards registration, transportation and equipment costs for children within approved Parasport programs.

Athletes Can
(Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund)

In keeping with their commitment to Amateur Sport in Canada, Investor’s Group established an Amateur Athletes bursary fund for Canada’s top amateur athletes. Working in partnership with Athletes CAN, the fund awards twenty bursaries of $5,000 to Canadian amateur athletes each year. The bursary selection committee is made up of active and retired national team athletes and officials from Investors Group and Athletes CAN. Athletes CAN and Bell have entered a seven-year partnershipwoth an estimated $5 million a year which allows athletes to connect with parents, coaches and friends through telecommunications hardware, airtime and Internet access. This opportunity is administered by Athletes CAN.

Eligibility for Athletes CAN bursary

The bursary fund is open to any active senior national team athlete who:

  • is deemed eligible and is in good standing by the appropriate National Sport Federation representing the sport. This includes Paralympic, Pan American, Commonwealth, Olympic and National team athletes
  • is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant permanently residing in Canada
  • is committed to training and competing for Canada in the upcoming year
  • has a gross income, from all sources, in the preceding year of less than $50,000; any athlete who has income greater than $50,000 annually and who can demonstrate financial need may be eligible

Petro-Canada Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE)™ Program

Aspiring Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their coaches are eligible to receive financial assistance through the Petro-Canada Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE)™ program, which provides funding to amateur athletes hoping to one day represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. Annually, Petro-Canada provides $500,000 to 50 athlete and coach pairings

Terry Fox Humanitarian Award

Scholarships for graduating secondary level students and those studying towards a first University degree or diploma in a Canadian post-secondary institution. This scholarship is administered by The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award.

CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity)

This grant offers Numerous awards, and grants available to women. For example:

WISE (Women in Sport Encouragement) Fund

Currently 8 grants of $1000 are available to active girls and women and/or organizations offering sport programs targeted to girls and women. This fund has been developed in response to the ongoing financial need within the sport community and will help fund MSO-NSO-PSO sport initiatives in an effort to help financially assist members of the sport community in Canada. This fund is administered by Canadian Association For the Advancement of Women In Sport and Physical Activity.