Financial Assistance

Families requiring financial assistance to access hockey have access to the following programs to help pay for hockey registration fees, team fees and/or equipment.

Note: The GCWCC grant is applied towards registration fees in September, but other financial assistance programs operate later in the season (February or March). For these programs, parents/guardians must pay the registration and/or team fees up front and SJAMHA will reimburse the parent once funding has been received.

Financial Assistance Programs:

GCWCC Program Registration Fee Subsidy Grant

To apply for the GCWCC Subsidy, register as follows:

  1. Register online as usual using the Hockey Canada Registry. During checkout, select “Other” as the payment method.
  2. Attend one of the Walk-In Registration dates

Note: The GCWCC grant can be applied to actual program “Registration Fee” only. Team fees (practice ice, tournament fees) are ineligible. GCWCC applications must be submitted well in advance (prior to Sept. 1st). Players will not be registered or permitted to participate in programs or try outs, prior to approval.

View sample application form.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps children ages 4-18 participate in organized sport and recreation. The grant can be applied towards hockey registration fees. Team fees (practice ice, tournament fees) are ineligible. Payment is made directly to SJAMHA on behalf of the family/child.

Apply for Canadian Tire Jumpstart.

Hockey Winnipeg Dianne Woods Memorial Player Financial Assistance

Proceeds from Hockey Winnipeg’s Dianne Woods Memorial Player Financial Assistance Program can be applied to program registration fees and/or team fees (practice ice, tournament fees).  Funding is sent directly to SJAMHA on behalf of the qualifying youth or child.  The amount of annual funding is determined by Hockey Winnipeg’s VP of Operations, in conjunction with the Executive Director subject to annual maximums and/or local demands.


Based on demonstrated need, Kidsport assistance of up to $300 per individual is available to children ages 18 and under to help offset the cost of registration fees. Team fees are ineligible. Funding is sent directly to SJAMHA on behalf of the child.

Apply for Kidsport.

Grindstone Award Foundation

The Grindstone Award Foundation provides financial support and equipment to young female hockey players in need.

Grindstone Award Foundation application details.

Cooper Nemeth Memorial Player Assistance Fund

The Cooper Nemeth Memorial Player Assistance Fund is a “once per competition season” application only and is available for Hockey Winnipeg members at the AA level only.

The Cooper Nemeth Memorial Player Assistance Fund program funding may include, but would not be limited to area association program participation, administrative and volunteer fees; league and exhibition game travel expenses; additional ice fees, including try-out ice; tournament fees; monies collected for team pictures and wind-up parties; medals and awards; and personal clothing items which become the property of the applicable player.