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How our Pass Program kids’ sports grants work

  1. Through schools or community groups, KIDS in the GAME finds kids in need of financial assistance and encourages them to sign up for sports activities that most interest them.
  2. Youths and parents apply online to KIDS in the GAME for “sportsidies” of up to $50 to put toward the registration cost of kids’ activities of their choice.
  3. Identified youth may apply up to four times per year so they can be involved in sports year-round.
  4. KIDS in the GAME cuts checks made out to the organizations offering the activities. Families present these payments at registration.
  5. Grants available in Central Oregon, Portland, and Dallas.

Pass Program Frequently Asked Questions

What are the application process qualifications?

Grants available to youth in Central Oregon, Portland, and Dallas. Youth from low-income families, physically/developmentally challenged youth, or at-risk youth all qualify for the program. To complete the application, a Reference is required to validate standing of the family and/or youth.

Who are considered approved references?

A Reference can be a professional in social work or family services, a school administrator or counselor, a senior recreation administration, law enforcement office, registered physician or nurse, or a priest or pastor. References, other than those listed will be considered in a written letter from the proposed person explaining their position, relation to the family, and an explanation of the financial situation of the family. References cannot be family members.

What is the maximum grant amount?

Grants will be a maximum of $50. If the program costs under $50, the grant will cover all but $10. For a programs that costs over $50, the grant will be written for $50 and the family or youth organization is responsible for the remaining amount.

How often can I apply for a grant?

Every qualified child can apply once a season (every three months) for up to four times a year.

Am I guaranteed a grant if I apply?

As resources allow, grant funding is applied to first come, first serve basis for all qualified youth.

How quickly will I receive the grant?

The application will be reviewed within 2 days, once both steps of the application are completed. Approved applicants will then be notified and a check will be in the mail within 2 business days.

Who is the check written out to?

The check will be written out to the youth sports organization or the school that the child will be participating at, which is indicated in Section 3 of the Online Application. The check will not be made out to an individual and then used to obtain a refund for previously paid fees.

Where is the check mailed to?

The check will be mailed to the family so the can present it at the time of registration. The family designates the address for the check in Section 2 of the Online Application.

What organizations can I use the grant at?

All youth sports organizations or schools should accept the grant because the check will be written out to them and is considered like cash.

What if I cannot use the grant as originally intended on my application?

Please contact KIDS in the GAME by email or by phone at 541-508-3966. We can help work out a plan to use the grant for a future program.