Resources

Financial Resources

Circus can be expensive! Here are some resources I’ve collected/created over the years to help make it a little more financially accessible.

Jumpstart Funding:

To be eligible for funding for one or more children, families must first meet specific financial criteria as per Revenue Canada’s Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICO) chart. Jumpstart uses the furthest column to the right of the chart for eligibility. View LICO Chart

Other Funding Requirements

  • Children must fall between the ages of 4 – 18 years old.
  • Funding is allocated to sustained programs that involve a sport or physical activity.
  • Programs should be a minimum of five weeks in duration and include at least one session per week. In the case of sports camps, the program must last at least five consecutive days for consideration.

KidSport Grants

KidSport provides grants to kids from families facing financial barriers so they can participate in registered sport programs and experience the lifelong benefits of a season of sport. KidSport Toronto provides grants of up to $250 per eligible child, per year (January 1st – December 31st) towards sport registration fees.

The KidSport grant covers organized sports that
meet the following criteria:

  • Program runs for a minimum of 8 weeks
  • Program is not camp or academy
  • Program/club is a member of its provincial sport organization

Applications should be submitted 60 days prior to sport start date. Once an application has been received, it will take a minimum of 5 weeks to be processed.

Hercinia Arts BIPOC Training Bursary

Hercinia Arts is offering training bursaries to Ontario-based Black, Indigenous, and persons of colour who wish to pursue circus, in any discipline, at any stage of their career.

Funds may be used for any circus training related expenses including, but not limited to: classes/workshops, studio time, equipment rental, or to help you purchase new equipment. We are limiting bursaries to $100 each in order to reach as many people as possible. However, we understand that circus training is ongoing and applicants are welcome to apply multiple times.

Please fill out the brief form below to apply. All information provided will be kept confidential and used only in our ongoing desire to help improve access to circus activities, training, and performing. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and will continue to be awarded as long as we have funds available, on a first come first served basis. If funds are exhausted we will temporarily close applications and reopen again once we are able.

We are a small organization without any ongoing operating funding and are committing to contributing a portion of funds from all of our project budgets to this fund for at least the remainder of our 2020/2021 season. If you would like to support this initiative, you can do so by donating at www.herciniarts.com or sending an e-transfer to hello@herciniarts.com.

Community Circus Scholarships

Poster with white hands hanging off of purple aerial fabric. Text in image reads "Community Circus Scholarship. My goals are to: Reduce financial barriers with scholarships covering 25%-75% of class costs. Create spaces where people can access recreation and joy to bolster their resilience. Build a sustainale ongoing program bolstered by community support. We are strongest in community and connection."
Background photo by Jennifer Long

In line with my commitments to equity and financial accessibility, I make an effort to offer sliding scale options for my classes when possible. This ensures that more people are able to access circus arts within a range of financial circumstances.

When sliding scale options are not possible, or don’t meet the financial needs of circus students, I’ve created a community circus scholarship to help bridge the gap.

The community circus scholarship is supported by generous donations from circus artists, students, and community members. It would not be possible without the support of these donors. A special thanks to Emily Hughes for her ongoing consultation on the project.

As of August 2021, this program has been able to offer seven full or partial scholarships to help make circus classes more affordable for kids and adults. We hope to offer more in the future!

Poster with white hands hanging off of purple aerial fabric. Text in image reads "Community Circus Scholarship. *looking for donors* Support me in my mission to create more inclusive circus spaces by offering class scholarships to folks that can't afford the full cost right now. We are strongest in community and connection."
Click here to donate to the scholarship program!

Donations can also be made via e-transfer to Jayeden.w@gmail.com with “Community Circus” in the memo.