Youth Paddling Grant

Youth in a big canoe.
Photo credit: Priscilla Haskin

One of the goals in our current strategic plan is to diversify our paddling community, which specifically includes supporting youth, and collaborating with partners that engage with youth. As such, we have been working with Get Kids Paddling, an organization that is committed to supporting the growth and design of programs that can introduce and ignite a passion for paddling and backcountry tripping among our youth. Many of our instructors teach Paddle Canada courses at schools, camps and youth clubs, offering paddling experiences to these youth that perhaps they might not have otherwise.

When we were approached by an individual with some funds to donate, and a desire to work with Paddle Canada, our conversation kept coming back to youth-and how could we encourage more youth to take up paddling. Combined with the donor’s desire to see the greatest impact with his bequest, and our desire to see more youth paddling, and hopefully seeing some of these youth as the future of Paddle Canada, the Kaymayquinn Youth Paddling Fund was established.

Youth, up to the age of 18 may apply for a small grant to help pay for their fees on a Paddle Canada course. Alternatively, a group representing youth could apply for a small grant to help hire a Paddle Canada instructor to deliver a course to their group.

Requirements for application:

  • Open to those up to the age 18, as of December 31, 2021
  • Applicants will be asked to submit a short essay (up to 500 words) on why they paddle.
  • Applicants will be asked to provide the name of the Paddle Canada course they wish to take, and name the instructor (please note, the course must be offered before the end of 2021)
  • Applicant must list the amount of the course tuition.

We are accepting applications for 2021 NOW. Applications will close when all funds have been granted.

To apply, please send a letter via email to [email protected] providing the following information:

Date of Birth
Email Address
Phone Number
Name of Paddle Canada course you wish to take
Name of Instructor teaching the course
Date of the course
Location of course
Cost of the course

Please tell us, in 500 words why you like to paddle, and/or why you would like to learn to paddle.

Successful recipients will be asked to share a photo and a brief report on their experience upon completion of the course.

A small panel will review all applicants that are submitted, and successful candidates will be contacted within 5-7 buisness days.

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