Free To Grow

We are proud to launch the Children’s Foundation Free to Grow Program (formerly Free to Play) for funding in 2019.  The Free to Grow Program will still fund recreational activities like sports, arts and camps, and starting in 2019, it will also fund life-skill development activities such as babysitting, driver's education training, tutoring and more. Funds are available for the activity of the child’s choice as long as the activity will benefit and enrich their own personal development.

Why Do We Exist?

Because we believe that all children and youth should be given the same opportunities in life. By providing the children with these experiences we are not only encouraging a healthy lifestyle but also the opportunity for skills and social development, friendships, and community engagement.

How We Make a Difference:

  • Provide financial support for the activity of the child’s choice.

  • Encourage children to try new experiences and become active.

  • Allow children to continue in the activities they love even when times are tough for their family.

  • Help kids to learn valuable life and social skills, develop friendships and engage in their community.

  • Partner with local organizations and companies who want to help the children within the community.

2017 Facts

  • 1,181 children were funded to participate in 1,930 activities;
  • 242 music, drama, art activities were funded;
  • 516 camp outings were enjoyed;
  • Besides camps, swimming, soccer, and gymnastics were the most popular activities;
  • The average household income of applicants was $18,350.

 

"I love hockey and the competitive side of it. I also like the exercise on the ice which makes me feel good and makes me become a better skater." (age 11)

"My favourite part of summer camp was having a campfire, eating fried oatmeal, and having a sleepover." (age 12)

"I sincerely thank you for the financial support given to my son for the football program. He has excelled in this sport on the field, as well as taken some of the lessons and applied them to everyday life. He has made several friends from his team, of which I would expect will be lifetime relationships." (from a mom)