If you are looking for support for educational technology devices, please head over to our Covid Educational Support Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

to Help you understand our program before applying

How much do you cover?

We are currently approving financial subsidy for extra-curricular activities as follows:

  1. Registration – Up to $350 -OR-
  2. Transportation – Up to $350 -OR-
  3. Equipment – Up to $350

Who do we support?

We will support any family who is struggling in the economy to relieve the burden of extra costs of extracurricular actives such as art lessons, music and tutoring classes, sport leagues etc. We are the first major organization to offer financial assistance for activities outside of sports.

Who is eligible to apply?

Kids aged 17 and under are eligible 

Step Up considers the social and economic barriers facing the family when determining eligibility. 

Income verification and family size are taken into consideration during the approval process.

We encourage everyone to apply if they believe they need support. Approvals are on a family by family basis.

What do you need to get started?

  1. Have an idea of exactly what you are applying for.
  2. Have your proof of income information.
  3. Fill out application form with as much detail as possible.
  4. Wait for the magic to happen.

How to apply?

2    Complete Child Information, Parent/Guardian Information and Income information. 

3    Select and Complete Program Information of extracurricular activity your child wishes to join. If it just equipment you can let us know.

4    Must provide proof of *household* income.  This needs to be provided for all adults in the household. We accept many different ways, once the application is submitted we will reach out to complete the verification process.

5    Be sure to complete and sign the waiver and release portion of the application form. Check the privacy policy and the terms of service.

6    You should now have completed all fields on the application form and attached your income information for all adults in your household. 

7    Application is reviewed by Step Up within 30 days (If the application is incomplete it could take longer to review).

Is the application free?

Yes, currently there are no application fees.

May not work properly on some mobile devices, please complete on a device of sufficient capabilities. We have PDF versions we can email if you would like to contact us.

Adult Sponsor

Please tell us how many adults are in your household, and what their relation to the child is.

Child Information



Please enter the name of the organization you are requesting help in registering for. (ex. the hockey organization, the dance school, etc. etc.)
Which activity is the child registering for

Income verification

Please attach a copy of one or two of the 6 documents. The more information you can give us, the quicker the process will be.
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 5 files.