A4K Eligibility Guidelines
The following A4K Funding Guidelines have been created to coincide with the charity’s purpose and mission.
Purpose: To remove financial barriers to access basic registration for youth sport.
Applicants must be between the ages of 5 and 18 years old in order to apply and must be enrolled in school.
Application Submission Deadlines
For sports in which their seasons span longer than 3 months, applications can be submitted to A4K no later than 30 days after the official start of play as determined by the sporting organization in question.
For sports in which their schedule spans less than 3 months, applications can be submitted to A4K no later than 14 days after the official start of play as determined by the sporting organization in question.
Application Form Requirements
In order to be accepted into the application process, application forms must be fully completed and submitted with the required financial documentation. Incomplete forms or those lacking financial documentation will be returned to the applicant.
A sponsor must be familiar with your family status and financial situation and be willing to participate in a phone conversation with an A4K representative to verify the applicant’s case. The sponsor can NOT be a relative of the applicant or the parent/guardian submitting the form.
Examples of credible sponsors include (but are not limited to):
- Social worker
- School administrator or counsellor
- Church leader (Rabbi, Minister, Priest, etc.)
- Law enforcement officer
An accepted sponsor must sign and date the application stating they have reviewed your financial documents and can vouch for the family’s financial situation.
If both of the following apply, you are not required to have a sponsor sign your application:
- It is within 6 months of your last approved application;
- You (or your partner) have not received any updated income tax assessments since your last application.
Each applicant is required to submit at least one of the following from each of the primary caregivers
- A copy of the 2013 Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency
- Proof of social assistance (Release of Information from Ministry of Housing and Social Development or a copy of your most recent Notice of Deposit )
- Proof that the child is in foster care
A4K does not accept other forms of financial proof such as T4s, T1s, paystubs, or bank records.
We are unable to make exceptions for any income exceeding $40,000.
A4K will pay a maximum of 80% of the sport activity’s base registration fee up to an absolute maximum amount predetermined as the sport’s yearly funding threshold (See Approved Sports).
The remaining 20% owed to the sport organization is payable by the applicant’s family.
A4K will only provide funding for one sporting activity per successful applicant at a given time. That is, for two sports running concurrently for one child, only one application may be made for one of the sports.
For athletes that compete in multiple sports throughout the year, as long as they do not run at the same time, each applicant is eligible to apply for funding to a maximum total of $600 over a 12 month period (for all sports).
For sports, such as gymnastics or swimming, which operate with multiple sessions throughout the year, we require a new and separate application form for each session requested by the applicant.
For programs, such as martial arts, that lack seasons but operate ongoing throughout the year, A4K will
provide funding up to a maximum of 3 months into the future. After these 3 months, a new application form submission is required.