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Grant Program and Membership Development

CAHA Grant Program

CAHA is pleased to announce four different Grant Programs for the 2016-2017 season. The grant programs are: ADM Cross Ice/Half Ice Implementation, Carolina Play Hockey Growth and Retention, Player Development and Try Hockey for Free. The purpose of the CAHA Grant Program is to assist affiliate member associations to increase participation in the sport of hockey and promote player development in the Carolinas. All member associations in CAHA are eligible to apply. Member associations will be asked to come up with ideas to grow the sport at the local level and can seek financial assistance from CAHA to help support their efforts. We are looking for the associations to furnish the ideas, leadership and hard work to successfully manage their program and to help grow the sport of hockey within our Affiliate.

Application date extended to August 15, 2016. Members are encouraged to file applications electronically via email, however hard copies will continue to be accepted as well.

Jay Ogden

Grant Program Chair
(704) 609-6794

Addtional Grants Available to Hockey Associations

Liberty Mutual Play Positive Grants

RBC Play Hockey Grants

NHLPA Goals and Dream Fund

For the last 12 years, NHLPA members (NHL players) have helped more than 60,000 underprivileged children play hockey through equipment donations from the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund. The players' program has donated more than $20 million to help grassroots hockey programs in 25 countries, which makes it the sport's largest grassroots program in the world!

The players want to continue to help even more children play the great sport of hockey and with the help of USA Hockey, they are looking for more programs and kids to help! The NHLPA Goals & Dreams equipment grant application is easy to fill out and return to the NHLPA. We encourage you to fill it out in order to help kids in your community, or pass it on to your organization that could benefit from a significant hockey equipment donation, at no cost to their program, from the NHLPA members.

For more information on the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund, please check out their website: or contact Matt Langen at

2 and 2 Challenge

The 2 and 2 Challenge guides youth hockey leadership through national programs and tools to achieve their growth goals. To complete the 2 and 2 Challenge, participating associations will utilize programs that emphasize the main driving forces of growth—Retention, Acquisition & Conversion.

Associations that accept the 2 and 2 Challenge and participate in national growth programs, will be rewarded with starter equipment and be recognized for their efforts. To learn more, open the 2 and 2 Challenge guidebook.

Visit the 2 and 2 Challenge Website

2+2 Challenge Results

A record 315 associations in 45 states participated in USA Hockey's 2 and 2 Challenge, a program that played a significant role in the record number of American players overall during the 2014-15 season.

Associations that commit to the 2 and 2 Challenge follow a systematic year-long plan of utilizing grassroots marketing tools and national events in an effort to add two additional new players and retain two more players than their previous season's 8 and under player totals.

Congratulations to CAHA associations that completed the 2014-15 season’s 2 and 2 Challenge!

Charlotte Metro Hockey Association - GOLD
Greensboro Youth Hockey Association - GOLD
Triangle Youth Hockey Association - GOLD
Wilmington Ice House - GOLD
Winston-Salem Youth Hockey Association- GOLD

CAHA 8 and Under Report

To increase participation in youth hockey, a consistent effort must be made to target growth and retention of players in the 8 and Under (Mite) age classification. Analysis of USA Hockey's membership data has shown that growth in the 4 to 8 age classification will positively impact the larger 9 to 14 age group for years to come.

USA Hockey provides annual reports to each Affiliate on the growth/loss at the 8 & Under age classification. To view Carolina's report, click the link below.