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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofit Organizations, Municipalities, and Indigenous Bands to Increase Participation in Sports

BC Sport Participation Program (BCSPP): Community Sport Program Development (CSPD) Fund


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
154906

Funding Source
viaSport British Columbia
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Geographic Focus
Canada: British Columbia;

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/29/23 11:59 PM PDT Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $3,000 to British Columbia nonprofit organizations and clubs, municipalities, community centers, associations, Indigenous bands, and provincial sports organizations to increase community engagement in sports. Funding is intended to support the creation of participation opportunities, training, and equipment for new and expanded programs. The goal of the program is to make community sports more accessible to people of all abilities and to increase the sports participation of local residents.

The Community Sport Program Development Fund makes community sport more accessible to people of all abilities by providing funding to sport programs delivered by non-profit organizations such as local and provincial sport organizations, municipalities, and Indigenous communities. Grants from the fund are available to isolated rural communities where sport opportunities are fewer, as well as large urban populations where low sport participation exists. Programming may also be offered exclusively to under-represented populations, or to the community as a whole.

The goal of the Community Sport Program Development fund is to make community sport in British Columbia more accessible by reducing barriers to participation. From isolated rural communities to large urban populations where low sport participation exists, this fund provides financial support to non-profit organizations that offer programs to equity-seeking groups* and/or the general population, in an effort to increase sport participation opportunities.

* Equity-seeking groups are those facing barriers to equal access opportunities and resources in sport, including (but not limited to): people with disabilities, lower-income families, Indigenous peoples, immigrants and new Canadians, 55+ adults, and girls, women, and non-binary genders.

Community-based amateur sport programs that consist of organized sport activities are eligible for the Community Sport Program Development Fund. Applicants must demonstrate how their program will lead to new sport participation opportunities, increasing the number of people involved in an organized sport in their community.

Possible use of funds for projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • A program that needs specific training of coaches, instructors and officials to become established and increase participant numbers
  • A program that needs specific purchasing or refurbishing equipment to become established and increase participant numbers
  • A club that wants to start a new youth or seniors’ division
  • A club that wants to introduce their sport to local schools
  • A single sport that wants to expand into a multi-sport/season club
  • New program offering/adapting sport opportunities
  • Programs to meet the needs of equity-seeking groups. 


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Fund provides grants to sport programs delivered by non-profit organizations such as local and provincial sport organizations, municipalities, and Indigenous communities.

Applications for eligible activities may only be submitted, individually or in partnership, by not-for-profit:
- Clubs and Associations that directly deliver organized sport programs in their community
- Municipalities or Community Centres
- Indigenous Bands or Community Associations

Additionally, Recognized, Accredited or Affiliated Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs), Disability Sport Organizations (DSOs) and (Accredited) Multi-Sport Organizations may only apply in the “Programming for Equity Seeking Groups” category for community level programming.

* Equity seeking groups are those facing barriers to equal access opportunities and resources in sport, including (but not limited to): people with disabilities, lower income families, Indigenous peoples, immigrants and new Canadians, 55+ adults, and girls, women, and non-binary genders.

Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received funding.

Ineligible
Funding requests for the following types of activities are not eligible:
- Programs that provide services solely to an organization’s existing membership
- Tournament, competition, and athlete travel fees
- General operating expenses (staff salaries, office rent, regular promotional or marketing activities)
- Activities not open to the general public
- Capital expenditures (renovation, construction, computer equipment)
- Deficits incurred from past activities
- Prizes or awards
- Re-granting programs
- Political or religious activities

Pre-Application Information
Applications will be accepted until Sep 29 2023 11:59 PM (PDT)

Applications for funding will only be accepted online. You are required to create an account to apply for the grant. If you have applied for any grants through the online portal before, please use your existing account.

Only one application per organization will be accepted.

FAQs: https://www.viasport.ca/grants/grants-faq

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$150,000

Estimated Size of Grant
Eligible applicants are invited to apply for funding between $1,000 and $3,000.

Term of Contract
Programs running primarily between September 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024 are eligible to apply.

Contact Information
For information and to apply online: https://viasportgrants.smapply.io/prog/fall_2023_cspd/

If you wish to discuss your proposal and its eligibility prior to applying, please contact:
Grants at viaSport BC
Phone: 778-655-1756
Email: grants@viasport.ca

VIA Sport
Suite 1351 - 409 Granville Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6C 1T2

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