We Keep Fees Low, But There Are Financial Assistance Options
At VMHA, we believe that no child should be unable to play due to financial restraints and that no family should suffer financial hardship in order for their child to play.
For those who could use some help in covering the costs of hockey registration fees ,there are agencies that offer grants for hockey registration. Please note that all grants are only available for basic registration fees. Volunteer fee, jersey deposit, fees for skills camps, ‘A’ team tryouts, additional team fees, and equipment costs, are not covered by grants.
Athletics 4 Kids
Kid Sport Canada
VMHA Hockey Access Fund
The VMHA Hockey Access Fund was created in conjunction with the Britannia Community Centre to provide opportunity to those under the age of 18 without adequate financial means, the ability to access funds allowing them to participate in organized hockey within the Vancouver Minor Hockey Association.
VMHA and Britannia believe strongly in the power of team sports as important tools in helping set positive goals, create bonds, build community and learn valuable life skills.
We believe that any child with a desire to play and learn should be given the chance to play alongside their school friends or neighbours. Our Mission is to create, maintain and disburse from a self-perpetuating fund designed to improve inclusion within the VMHA among financially challenged families by helping lower those financial barriers.
The fund will be primarily sustained through proceeds of our Britannia Ice Rink Concession, currently open through the hockey season from October to February. These net proceeds are then matched by our partners at Britannia Community Centre.
In addition, we will of course accept corporate and personal donations, as well as entertain sponsorship opportunities should the fit be appropriate.
Grants will be disbursed up to a maximum of $1100 per application based on each case’s individual needs. All applications and collateral financial information will be review in confidence by an appointed panel of five.
Award decisions will be made on a “needs” basis and will rest solely with the appointed panel. Their decision will be final.
Hockey Access Fund Application Form: VMHA Hockey Access Fund Application and Information
Email your completed application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions, please email email@example.com
Effective for the 2019/2020 season and later, there are two scenarios for families receiving financial assistance to secure a spot on a team.
Preferred scenario for families receiving financial assistance in order:
1) Family applies for funding (in January and February or at the earliest allowed by the 3rd party organization) and notifies VMHA registrar
2) VMHA receives funds and deposits into VMHA bank account from organization(s)
2a) If a family does not receive full funding from 3rd party organizations they are highly encouraged to apply to VMHA Hockey Access Fund
3) Family registers online paying a discounted or no registration fee based on funding received, at which point a spot is secured
Alternative scenario for families receiving financial assistance in order:
1) Family registers online using credit card and pays in full or installments, at which point a spot is secured
2) Family applies for funding and notifies VMHA registrar
3) Family issued refund(s) once VMHA receives funds from organization(s) and deposits into VMHA bank account
3a) If a family does not receive full funding from 3rd party organizations they are highly encouraged to apply to VMHA Hockey Access Fund