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Regional Council Announces Two New Funding Programs

By Ontario Volleyball Association, 03/13/24, 2:30PM EDT


The Regional Council, along with Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) Staff, are excited to announce the creation of two new grants to help remove barriers to participate in volleyball in Ontario.

The Referee Uniform Rebate Program and the Club ONCA Compliance Rebate are new funding programs derived from the Regional Fund, which is managed by the Regional Council. 


The Referee Uniform Rebate Program

This grant is being put in place, effective immediately, to assist new Level 1 (local) referees who have commenced their officiating journey during the 2023-2024 season. This fund will assist referees in obtaining the required uniform, thereby reducing the financial barriers of entry associated with becoming a referee.

The funding amount per successful applicant is up to $100 (depending on cost of uniform pieces ordered). 

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. New Level 1 Indoor Referee or Level 1 Beach Referee as of the 2023-2024 season (September 1, 2023, to August 31, 2024).
  2. Successfully completed the referee course and fulfilled all necessary requirements as per the Referee Eligibility Policy.
  3. Registered as a PIA approved Level 1 Local Indoor Official or Level 1 Beach Referee in MRS.
  4. Actively refereeing for the OVA. 
  5. Uploaded copy of receipt from Volleyball Canada store showing purchase of uniform (if the entire uniform package was not purchased, the Regional Fund will cover the cost as outlined on the receipt up to $100). 

We appreciate your commitment to the sport and hope this allows for more referees to gain experience faster and help boost the stable of referees in the province.

If you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above, please fill out an application here.

Deadline for Applications is July 1, 2024.


The Club ONCA Compliance Rebate

The Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) replaced Ontario’s Corporations Act on October 19, 2021. If your Club is incorporated as a nonprofit under Ontario’s Corporations Act, then the Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) applies to you.  Your Club has until October 18, 2024, to review, update and file your governing documents with the Ontario government.

This Rebate Program is in place to assist Clubs with any legal fees paid out in assisting your Nonprofit Club become compliant and meet the October 2024 deadline to update your governing documents and file them with the government of Ontario.

If your Club has obtained legal advice to help with the process of updating bylaws and/or preparing articles of amendment, your Club is eligible to apply for a one-time bursary to help offset legal fees.

The one-time funding amount per successful Club application is $500.

If you feel your club is eligible for this funding, please apply here.


For more information about the Regional Council, it's members and role, please head to our Committees page.