Julie Casey MSW, RSW

Nourishing Hearts

Wellness Care Farm

Funding Assistance

Coverage for Children

Recreation Funding

Nourishing Hearts is currently advocating to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program to have therapeutic farming/gardening, wildlife conservation and animal assisted physical activities added as eligible activities for funding.

Click Advocacy Letter to learn more.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en.html

Community-based charity that helps children in financial need participate in organized sports and recreational activities. 

  • Children between the ages of 4-18 years to a maximum of $300 per child.
  • A financial assessment including details about the desired choice of activity, may also be required.
  • Applications accepted starting Mid-January
  • Application needs to be made before the fees are due, as the money goes right to the organization
  • Funds can also be provided for adaptive equipment to help kids with special needs participate in recreation activity

Tax Deductions

Children’s Arts Tax Credit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/artscredit/

  • Children with disabilities (who are eligible for the disability tax credit) and is under 18 years of age at the beginning of the year
  • Can claim a total of $1,000 if a minimum of $100 is paid for registration or membership fees for a prescribed artistic program

Children’s Fitness Tax Credit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/fitness/

  • Children with disabilities (who receive the Disability Tax Credit) age 18 and under are eligible for a total of up to a $1000 Fitness Tax Credit Claim each year for participation in (qualifying) recreation programs that promote health and fitness.

Disability Coverage

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy- Life Enriching Activity Fund http://www.ofcp.ca/programs/funding/leaf/

  • Individual members of OFCP who have cerebral palsy, and reside in Ontario.
  • Opportunity for members to access financial assistance to enrich, enhance or augment an activity the member currently participates in or is interested in.
  • Up to $500.00 for fees, supplies and/or equipment

Passport Program http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/developmental/servicesupport/passport.aspx

Passport is a program that helps adults 18 years or older with a developmental disability to participate in their communities. It also helps caregivers of an adult with a developmental disability take a break from their caregiving responsibilities.

Passport provides funding for services and supports so adults with a developmental disability can:

  • Take part in community classes or recreational programs
  • Develop work, volunteer, and daily life skills
  • Get temporary respite for their  caregivers


  • People with a developmental disability 
  • 18-years-old or older 
  • Need support to participate in the community while they are still in school, or;
  • Have left school and are living on their own, with family or independently in a supportive living arrangement