Are you looking for funding to register your child in a sport or recreational opportunity?

KidSport Nova Scotia

We provide grants to help cover the costs of registration and equipment fees so that all kids aged 18 and under in Shelburne / Yarmouth can play a season of sport. 

Our chapter accepts applications and administers grants of up to $500 per kid/year, for kids who live in the Shelburne / Yarmouth region. If you live outside of Shelburne / Yarmouth please contact the Provincial Office to find your nearest chapter, or to get support through the Provincial Fund.

JSTRONG Foundation

The JStrong Foundation is named in memory of Jadon Robinson, a Yarmouth teen who loved all sports, especially football. The foundation will help youth access sports, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to play.

Jadon tragically lost his life in a car accident in 2015. Sports were a big part of the amazing person Jadon was and the legacy he has left behind. Jadon felt every child should have the same ability to experience the tremendous, sometimes life-changing influence that recreational sports can bring, regardless of his or her family’s finances.

The purpose of this fund is to ensure that youth can have the same positive experiences by providing financial assistance to underprivileged youth who wish to be involved in sports/recreational play.

Youth residing in the Yarmouth area of Nova Scotia with demonstrated financial need will eligible for funding from the JSTRONG Foundation when funding becomes available.

Jumpstart Foundation

Jumpstart is more than just about getting kids active. It’s about giving kids from families in financial need the same chance to participate as their neighbours, their classmates and their friends. Whether it’s the chance to try a new sport or to continue with a favourite one, no kid should be left out.

Removing Financial Barriers.

Sometimes, families need financial assistance to get their kids into a sport or physical activity. We’re committed to helping all families access a range of activities, from boxing to bowling and skating to skiing, and more.

Elite Athlete and Team Development Grant

Yarmouth Recreation wants to support local teams and athletes who have participated at the Provincial, Atlantic, Nationals or International levels.

Application Eligibility:

For an application to be considered, an athlete or team must:

  • Participating in a sanctioned event higher
  • than Provincials (Atlantic, National or International)
  • Qualify for the event applied for
  • Complete and submit the application prior to the event.

Approved Grant Uses:

  • Housing/Lodging
  • Training Costs
  • Coaching Costs
  • Travel Assistance

*Please note if you receive funding for an event and there is another event that you qualify for afterward, please let us know about your win as we may be able to help you out again.

Community Recreation Grant

What is this program?

Yarmouth Recreation recognizes the importance of volunteer contributions made by individuals, and organizations to the recreational climate of our community. As a matter of policy, we will
upon request, consider providing financial assistance to enable such groups and individuals to
further their objectives. Grants will be limited to individuals and organizations engaged in not-for-profit leisure activities based in the Town and Municipality of Yarmouth and providing a service to
residents of the Town and Municipality of Yarmouth. Grants will not be considered unless all
information requested in the application has been received. Additional information may be necessary in order for applications to be considered.


Financial assistance will not exceed 25% of the total eligible expenditure shown in the financial statement or $400.00, whichever is less. The exception to the above are in the categories
of HOSTING and TRAVEL assistance where maximums of $50.00 for individual applications and $250.00 for group applications will be imposed.

Who can Apply?

(Financial assistance will be considered for the following classifications)
New Organization: Start-up assistance for a new organization that has within its mandate goals that will have a positive impact on recreation and leisure in our area.

New Program or Event: Assistance for a new special event or program that will provide leisure activity for the community.

Travel: Assistance for groups, teams, and individuals who must travel to pursue their activities at a more competitive or high skilled level.

Hosting: Assistance for groups, teams, and individuals who will be hosting events of a recreation or leisure nature, that will draw participants from all across Nova Scotia or beyond. Events must be sanctioned by a Provincial or National governing body.

Restrictions: Yarmouth Recreation reserves the right to place restrictions on the use of funds being granted and may, if it deems appropriate, specify that grants will be paid out in installments depend- ed upon the success of the endeavor.

Budget: Grants will only be rewarded to the extent that the current fiscal budget permits.
When funds in this account are exhausted, no further grants will be reviewed until the next
annual budget is approved.

Competition: Grants will not be provided to individuals, teams or groups to support the
initiation of a project that is seen as being in direct competition with a similar existing service.
Payment of Grants: Payments will normally be made in full, as soon as possible, after the
application has been approved.

Eligibility: No organization, team, or individual may be awarded a grant more than once in
any fiscal year.

Capital: Money will not be granted for new facility development or replacement equipment purchases or land purchases, or to pay operating bills that have accumulated from past activities.

Maintenance / Repair: Grants will be available to assist community organizations with maintenance and repair of facilities provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Repair/ Maintenance project must exceed $2000.00, verified by a written estimate
    from an industry professional.
  • Maintenance/Repair Special Requests Form is completed and attached to the grant request.
  • The organization requesting assistance fundraises for the project, outside of normal operations, and excluding donations, in an amount equal to or greater than the amount requested in the application.
  • The facility is available to the general public to rent or use on a regular basis.
  • User fees are charged for the facility, where possible.
  • The organization is incorporated and carries liability insurance.
  • The entire facility is accessible to disabled people.
  • The facility has been maintained to a normal standard, and the repair or maintenance project is not a result of neglect.
  • Maintenance/Repair requests will not be provided to the same facility more than once every five years.
  • The facility must be primarily for recreation activities that can be enjoyed by all members of our community.