Grants & Funding

The Recreation Committee has compiled a list of some of the financial resources that are available to help you access recreation opportunities. In addition, be sure to ask the recreation organization if they provide any assistance.

The Recreation Committee administers 4 types of financial assistance:

Leadership Training

The Recreation Committee provides funds to assist individuals wishing to attend instructional sessions, including seminars, coaching and training clinics.

Financial assistance will be given only for Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) or its equivalent.

Financial assistance will not be considered for courses required for employment purposes (ex. the applicant being paid for refereeing after taking a Referee's clinic).

The full Financial Assistance for Leadership Training Funding Policy can be found here.

Apply online.

Provincial / National / International Competitions

The Recreation Committee provides funds to assist individuals or teams to participate in recreation type competitions at a Provincial, National or International level.

Applicants must be an amateur athlete and resident of Niagara Falls.

Participation in the competition must have resulted from a culmination of sanctioned competitions at a local, regional or provincial level. Participation in an invitational type competition, which does not require satisfying a specific level of achievement, is not eligible for funding.

The full Financial Assistance for Provincial, National, International Championships can be found here.

Apply online.

Activity Subsidy Fund

Through its fundraising activities, the Recreation Committee allocates limited subsidies to individuals requiring financial assistance to participate in community recreation activities. Funding requests are considered for a variety of recreation activities (e.g. soccer, baseball, music, dance, swimming, skating, etc.).  

Subsidies are available to assist with the registration and equipment costs of recreation activities as needed. Subsidies for recreation activities in the non-profit or the private sector are eligible. Applicants must be residents of Niagara Falls.

In addition to the Committee’s own fundraising activities, donations to this fund from individuals and/or groups in the community are encouraged.

The full Activity Subsidy Fund Policy can be found here: Activity Subsidy Fund

Apply online.

Examples of programs within the scope of the Activity Subsidy Fund:

  • Baseball (e.g., Greater Niagara Baseball Association, Niagara Falls Little League, Niagara District Baseball Association)
  • Basketball (e.g., Sportball Niagara, Kiddie Sport Academy, Apex Niagara, Niagara Falls Red Raiders Basketball Club, Niagara Rec Sports)
  • Hockey (e.g., Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association, Niagara Falls Girls Hockey, Niagara South No Hit Hockey, Original Six Hockey League)
  • Soccer (e.g., Kiddie Sport Academy, Niagara Falls Little Kickers, Niagara United Soccer Club, Niagara Falls Soccer Club, Niagara Rec Sports)
  • Softball (e.g., Niagara Girls Minor Softball Association, Niagara Falls Little League, Niagara Rec Sports)
  • Ringette (e.g., Niagara Falls Ringette Association)
  • Volleyball (e.g., Niagara Sport & Social Club - Niagara Falls, Sportball Niagara, Niagara Rec Sports)
  • Football (e.g., Niagara Regional Minor Football, Niagara Youth Flag Football, Niagara Peninsula Sports)
  • Racquet Sports (e.g., Niagara Falls Badminton and Tennis Club, Niagara Academy of Tennie, Whiteoaks Squash and Tennis Club)
  • Rugby (e.g., Niagara Flag Rugby, Niagara Rugby Club)
  • Curling (e.g., Niagara Falls Curling Club)
  • Rowing (e.g., Niagara Falls Rowing Club)
  • Gymnastics (e.g., Niagara Falls Lightning Gymnastic Club, Quantum Niagara Gymnastics)
  • Cycling (e.g., Bikefit Sunflowers, Amici Per La Vita Cycling Club)
  • Running Clubs (e.g., Niagara PAL)
  • Swimming or Aquafit with Aquatic Fit Niagara
  • Golf (e.g., Eagle Valley Golf, Niagara Senior Men’s Tour, Niagara District Senior Ladies’ Golf Association)
  • Martial Arts programs NOT hosted at the MacBain Community Centre (e.g., United Family Martial Arts Niagara, Niagara Kung Fu Academy, Jeong’s Family Taekwondo, Niagara Karate Shukokai, Niagara Martial Arts, Niagara Taekwondo, etc.)
  • Music lessons (e.g., Music for Young Children Niagara, Niagara School of Music)
  • Dance classes (e.g., Niagara Dance Academy, Laurie Ewart’s Danceworks)
  • Art classes (e.g., Niagara Children’s Museum, Niagara Falls Art Gallery)
  • Drama classes (e.g., Niagara Creative Arts, Niagara Falls School of Dramatic Arts)
  • STEM Camp Niagara Falls
  • Scouts Canada/Girl Guides of Canada
  • Yoga NOT held at the MacBain Community Centre (e.g., Mama Bear Wellness, Alchemy Yoga and Wellness Studio)
  • Crossfit (e.g., Niagara Strength)

Municipal Fee Assistance Program

The Municipal Fee Assistance Pilot Program was developed to provide residents with additional subsidies to participate in municipal recreation programs.

Applications will be accepted year-round with subsidy approval for the current year. Applicants must reapply each calendar year.  Online applications are preferred, however, hard copies will be made available upon request.

Funding Details

Qualifying Families are eligible to receive:

  • Children 17 and under – 50% discount on all registered programs (1 per season). 
  • Families – Free Activity Pass for open swim and public skating at municipal pools and arenas for current calendar year access (A family is considered 2 adults and youth within the same household).

Further information is located here.

For any of the grant forms above, the form needs to be printed out, completed, and sent to:

City of Niagara Falls
Recreation & Culture
7150 Montrose Road, Unit 1
Niagara Falls, Ontario
L2H 3N3
Attention: Beth Angle
Phone: 905-356-7521 ext 3336

Examples of programs within the scope of the Municipal Fee Assistance Program:

  • Swim Lessons at the MacBain Community Centre or any of our public outdoor pools (i.e., Buck Hinsperger, F. H. Leslie, Niagara Falls Lions, Prince Charles, or E. E. Mitchelson Pools)
  • Family Swim Pass for free swims at the MacBain Community Centre or any of our public outdoor pools (i.e., Buck Hinsperger, F. H. Leslie, Niagara Falls Lions, Prince Charles, or E. E. Mitchelson Pools)
  • Alchemy Yoga Classes at the MacBain Community Centre
  • RoboThink Robotics program at the MacBain Community Centre
  • Home Alone/Babysitting courses at the MacBain Community Centre
  • Carousel Players After School Drama Program at the MacBain Community Centre
  • The Martial Arts Center Karate Program at the MacBain Community Centre
  • Art workshops at the Niagara Falls History Museum
  • Public skating at the Gale Centre Arena
  • Pay as you Play Hockey or Stick and Puck at the Gale Centre Arena

Additional Community Funding

Below are programs available to assist families in accessing community recreation opportunities.  These programs are delivered by partner agencies.

Jump Start

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart program focuses on helping individual children become involved in organized sports and recreational activities to help them develop a healthier lifestyle in their early years.  Assist kids in financial need aged 4 to 18. Applications are accepted twice per year through Project SHARE.  For more information, please call 905-357-5121 ext. 25.

Matthew Daniele Memorial Fund

This fund was established in memory of Matthew Daniele to keep his memory alive by assisting families in need to access sport and recreation opportunities. Generally the fund is accessed through referrals.  Local organizations contact the fund on behalf of families in need. For further information call 905-374-3915 or by email.

KidSport Niagara

The KidSport™ program helps underserviced children and youth break through the social and/or economic barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport and physical activity. This is accomplished through the distribution of registration fees and equipment grants.  Preference is given to athletes being introduced to sport for the first time. Grants are for children 6-17 years. Contact Shari at 905-708-7364 or by email.  Applications are available online.