Financial Assistance Programs

Is your family in a demographic which would be considered in financial need?  Depending on the situation, one or more of the programs below may be available to help pay for hockey registration fees, team fees and/or equipment.

Please Note: The GCWCC grant is normally received in September and applied towards registration fees.  Other financial assistance programs (ie. Hockey Winnipeg and Kidsport) are funded later in the season, normally February or March.  Until funding is received, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to pay the registration and/or team fees up front pending receipt of financial assistance.  SWHA will reimburse the parent once funding has been received.

Programs Available:

1)  GCWCC Program Registration Fee Subsidy Grant  

To apply for the GCWCC Subsidy, register as follows:

    1. Register the participant online using the Hockey Canada Registry.  During checkout, select “Other” as the payment method.
    2. Print your invoice and exit the online registration system.
    3. Take a copy of your SWHA invoice to your local Community Club office.
      • South Winnipeg Community Club – Murray Harding, 204-269-1908
      • St. Norbert Community Centre – Sheila Strutt, 204-269-4120
    4. Complete the GWCC application process with your Community Club office.
    5. Once the GCWCC application process has been approved by the Community Club Office (and the Minimum Parental Contribution has been paid), it is the member’s responsibility to contact the SWHA Registrar (email  The Registrar will then add the child to the list of registered participants.

The GCWCC grant can be applied to actual program “Registration Fee” only.  Team fees (practice ice, tournament fees) are ineligible.

For more information on the GCWCC or detailed subsidy information requests go to

Note:  Please ensure the GCWCC application is submitted well in advance of the preseason skates or try outs (prior to Sept. 1st).  Under no circumstances will a player be registered or allowed to attend preseason skates or try outs, prior to approval.  

2)  Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids ages 4-18 participate in organized sport and recreation.

Since each child’s financial needs are unique and in order to assist as many kids as possible, funding levels vary depending on these variables.  In 2013, a child could receive up to a maximum of $150 per activity for two different activities, through the year.

The grant can be applied towards hockey registration fees. Team fees (practice ice, tournament fees) are ineligible. Payment is made directly to SWHA on behalf of the family/child.

2017-18 Update:  The Big Play program (Jumpstart’s financial assistance program for hockey only) is no longer available.

3)  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 SWHA 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.

4)  Kidsport

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 (practice ice, tournament fees) are ineligible.  Funding is sent directly to SWHA on behalf of the qualifying youth or child.

5)  Grindstone Award Foundation

The Grindstone Award Foundation is a newly formed Registered Canadian Charity that provides financial support and equipment to young female hockey players in need.  Visit for details.


Brent Walker, Registrar