for Keeps

We strive to give all children and youth the opportunity to experience the fun of being a child and not be excluded from the activities their friends are enjoying. The Playing for Keeps program helps to pay registration fees (up to $500 per child per year) for families who may not otherwise be able to.

Sports and recreational activities positively impact children and youths’ development of physical skills, exercise, social skills, ability to have fun, learn to play as a member of a team, and improve self-esteem, emotional intelligence, and mental health and development.

​Programs to improve mental health for children and youth have never been more important. Physical wellbeing is a huge part of a healthy active mind. Playing for Keeps ensures that this goal is met for the children and youth in our local communities.

​20% of children and youth are living with a mental health condition, Playing for Keeps will help to get that number lower by providing one more resource to make a positive impact in their lives.

Eligibility for Playing for Keeps

Register a minimum of 10 business days prior to the start of the activity to ensure application will be processed

  • Recipients must be between the ages of 3-21 years

  • Families must reside in Hastings, Northumberland, or Prince Edward Counties and be unable to pay the registration costs

  • Families may apply for up to $500 (per child) per calendar year

  • Funds are awarded for registration fees only

  • Funding must be for activity purposes only

  • Proof of employment and additional info may be required to process the application

  • All application forms must be fully completed for the application to be processed

  • Payment will be made directly to the organization/program

  • Organizations must provide proof of registration before payment will be issued

  • Families are asked to contribute a minimum of 10% of the registration fees if possible

  • Applicants and organizations will be notified within 10 business days of receipt of their fully completed application regarding approval status if possible

  • Families involved with HSCA are automatically approved and not required to send proof of income but must provide the name of their current social worker through HSCA

  • Families on ODSP or OW are automatically approved but required to send proof of social assistance

  • Families not involved with HSCA, on ODSP or OW, are required to send proof of income. Please attach to your form, or send a separate email to with the first and last name of the child in the subject line

How can Families Apply?

  • Print the attached PDF form and send a photo or scan it to

  • Include photos of corresponding documents as required