Thank you for your interest in the Making Waves Swimming and Leadership Bursary Program. We are currently accepting applications for the next round of bursaries. Your application will be kept on file and reviewed in March 2019. You will receive notification if you have been accepted into the Bursary Program by March 30, 2019.

Drowning is a leading cause of preventable injury and death in children under 10 in Canada.  In a community surrounded by water, the ability to swim is an essential life skill. But many Niagara families face financial barriers, and swimming lessons are out of reach to many children. Making Waves Swimming and Leadership Bursaries provide Child memberships to kids and access to YMCA swim lessons and aquatic leadership programs. Youth are then able to apply for a bursary covering 90% of the cost to take the qualification courses to become a lifeguard. Supported initially through a generous donation from the Ilenchuk family, many youth have gained lifesaving skills and have successfully completed the qualifications to be employed as a swim instructor and lifeguard. Toney and Tisha Ilenchuk have made the commitment to build the sustainability of the program through a donation to match all other private or public sector donations of up to $25,000 for the current year.

Please review the application criteria. Only those applications that meet the criteria will be considered for the Making Waves Bursary. 

Apply by filling out the form below. Click here for application criteria. Download a paper application here.     

Every dollar donated is a dollar matched. For more information or to make a donation please contact

Thank you to our individual and corporate donors who are ensuring the sustainability of this program.