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This is a resource for rowing clubs, athletes and coaches looking for funding opportunities. This list is by no means exhaustive and additional grants may be listed on other websites, such as viaSport. If you find any relevant grants that are not currently listed, please let us know.

Club Funding Opportunities

Funding is available for a variety of club functions including capital projects and program development.

Community Gaming Grants support eligible not-for-profit organizations that deliver community programs that benefit the citizens of British Columbia. Sport specific grants are for organizations that deliver community-based youth and/ or amateur sports programs for organized, competitive physical activities.

Grant amount:
– Local organizations: Up to $100,000 per year
– Regional organizations: Up to $225,000 per year
Timeline: Spring/Summer
More information available here

The National Sport Trust Fund (NSTF) is a philanthropic gift-giving program established through the Canadian Council of Provincial and Territorial Sport Federations (CCPTSF) for the development of amateur sport on a national level. This permits Canadian sport organizations to raise funds for specific causes that will promote the development of amateur sport in Canada while providing tax-deductible receipts for those who donate. The organizations that have registered projects are responsible for both the fundraising and the expenditures related to the funds raised.

More information available here.

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. 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.

Grant Amount: Up to $3,000
Timeline: Spring
More information available here

The LeadForward Grant: Advancing Balanced Representation in Sport aims to strengthen balanced leadership for female coaches, officials or organizational staff throughout B.C. by supporting their training, education, and policy development opportunities.

Grant Amount: Up to $2,000
Timeline: Spring
More information available here

The Community Recreation Program invested $30 million in local government capital projects that made communities healthier and more active places in which to live.

More information available here

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities (Jumpstart) is inviting eligible applicants to apply for funding through its Community Development Grants (CDG). The CDG provides funding for qualified donee organizations to run physical activity, sports and recreation programming for children aged 4-18 from families in financial need.

Timeline: Every 4 months
More information available here 

Parasport Jumpstart Funds can be used to support initiatives such as the creation of a new program, or go towards the expansion of an existing successful initiative that provides positive introductory parasport experiences to children with a disability.

Timeline: Spring/Summer
More information available here 

The RBC Learn to Play Project will provide grants to local organizations and communities in support of building the physical literacy of Canada’s kids and youth. Local organizations that teach new skills or sports to kids, and/or expose them to a multiple sports or multiple skills are eligible to apply.

Grant Amount: $1,000 to $10,000
More Information available here 

Learn to Play Leadership grants are awarded to community groups that are developing or implementing action plans to transform the way sport and physical activities are planned and delivered, such as programs that makes sports available for new immigrant youth.

Grant Amount: $10,000 to $25,000
More information available here

For kids with special needs, the path to getting active isn’t always as simple as joining the local sports team or signing up for lessons around the corner. Our Grant Program provides funding to support ongoing physical activity opportunities for children with special needs for organizations providing physical activity programs for children with intellectual disabilities and/or autism.

Grant Amount: Up to $10,000
Timeline: Fall
More information available here

Walmart provides grants for specific community projects on a quarterly basis to support the betterment of communities across Canada.

Grant Amount: Up to $1000
Timeline: Quarterly
More information available here.

The Northern Sport Accessibility Grant aims to expand access to sport, recreation and physical activity for people with disabilities living in Northern B.C.. Organizations can apply for up to $25,000 in order to remove barriers and enhance the quality of experiences for those with disabilities in their communities.

Funding Opportunities for Hosting

Grant Amount: Up to $25,000.00
Timeline: Spring
More information available here

100 Who Care operate groups across the country who manage funding available four times a year for community initiatives in their area.

More information available here.

Co-op awards $2 million to projects across Western Canada every year. The program helps build places for everyone to come together to meet, play and share.

Grant amount: between $25,000 and $150,000 in capital funding
Timeline: Winter/Spring
More information available here

The B.C. Multiculturalism Grants program helps organizations work to improve cultural interactions, reduce barriers and remove discrimination to create a more inclusive province.

Grant amount: up to $5,000.
Timeline: Fall.
More information available here

The BC Interior Community Foundation supports community-based programs in the areas of Arts & Culture, Health & Welfare, Sports & Recreation, and other charitable activities. Granting is available to the residents of the Thompson, Nicola, and South Cariboo region and within the communities of Lillooet, Lytton, Clinton, 70 Mile House, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Kamloops, Clearwater, Barriere, Chase, Logan Lake and Merritt.

Grant amount: no more than 1/3 of the total project cost.
Timeline: April 1 and October 1.
More information available here

The KPMG Foundation acts as a catalyst in the mobilization of KPMG and its people in giving to their communities. More than providing an avenue for giving, the Foundation helps drive KPMG’s mission to be a socially-responsible and civic-minded organization and promotes a culture in which our people thrive personally and professionally.

Grant amount: Not specified.
Timeline: ongoing.
More information available here

The Interior Savings Community Investment Fund provides seed money or one-time financial support to help launch sustainable programs that empower people in our communities with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to achieve their potential. Eligible projects must have a far-reaching, positive impact on the community and a plan to be self-sustainable.

Grant amount: between $3,000 and $15,000
Timeline: March 30 and September 30
More information available here

The goal of this grant is to provide support for youth to effectively participate and  develop necessary skills through sports and recreational activities. The  Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation believes that youth develop leadership and  teamwork skills through participation in team sports and community-based  activities. Taking part in organized activities  and special events allows individuals  to feel like they have a greater role in their own communities. Youth are valuable  contributors to our communities and  The Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation  would like to help develop that talent.

Grant amount: not specified.
Timeline: January 31 and July 31.
More information available here

Hosting Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities are available for clubs and organizations to host sporting events in BC.

The Province of BC continues to invest and fund event hosting through the Hosting BC grant program to facilitate economic and community development brought forth through notable sporting events.

Grant Amount: Up to 35,000
Timeline: Every four months
More information available here

The Vancouver Sport Hosting grant provides financial support for sporting events that have the potential to bring direct or indirect economic, social, health, and community development benefits to Vancouver.

Funding Opportunities for Travel

Grant Amount: Up to $10,000
Timeline: ongoing
More information available here

Travel Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities are available for teams, athletes, coaches and officials travelling to certain sporting events and professional development opportunities.

Through the BC Ferries Sport Experience Program, BC Ferries and viaSport provide travel support to eligible not-for-profit sport organizations and athletes. Vouchers may be used by athletes traveling to compete in international events, national championships, western Canadian championships, provincial championships or selection camps hosted in British Columbia and for coaches and officials travelling to a recognized certification or professional development opportunity.

Timeline: At least 12 days before the first day of travel.
More information available here

Developing Athlete Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities are available to support Learn-to-Train and Train-to-Train athletes.

The B.C. Government also provides funding to KidSport BC a program which offers assistance to families of children in need to help kids participate in local activities they otherwise could not afford to participate in.

Grant Amount: $150-$400
Timeline: Ongoing
More information available here

The Champions Fund awards grants to deserving female athletes, teams, or organizations, providing the financial support needed to pursue their athletic goals. Anyone from Canada’s female athletic community aged 13 and older can apply, or apply on behalf of their team, tournament, camp or program.

Grant Amount: $5,000
Timeline: Summer
More information available here

High-Performance Athlete Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities are available for Train-to-Compete and Train-to-Win athletes

Aspiring Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their coaches are eligible to receive financial assistance through the Petro-Canada Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE™) program.Petro-Canada’s FACE Program supports up-and-coming athletes and their coaches when they are striving to represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, but don’t yet qualify for government funding.

Grant Amount: $10,000
More information available here

Canadian Sport Institute recognizes the need for financial aid to support the competitive needs of amateur athletes in British Columbia. The intent of the Canadian Sport Institute Athlete Travel Grant is to provide provincially and nationally targeted athletes with travel assistance towards their participation in national and international competitions.

Timeline: Fall and Spring
More information available here

Canadian Sport Institute recognizes the need for financial aid to support the competitive needs of amateur athletes in British Columbia. Grants are awarded to BC athletes registered with Canadian Sport Institute Victoria Campus at the Canadian Development or Provincial Development service level.

Timeline: Fall and Spring
Grant Amount: $500
More information available here

The Rowing BC GOLD Medal Pathway Program (formerly known as the BC Athlete Assistance Program) is a financial assistance program targeted at performance focused rowers and coaches. Funding is allocated to support athlete and coach expenses associated with training and competition at national and international competitions.

Grant Amount: up to $3,000
Timeline: Spring
More information available here

Coach Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities are available for coaches to pursue certification and professional development opportunities.

The Coaches BC Legacy Fund was set up in 2013 with the goal of encouraging more community level coaches to become involved, to further their education, and to receive training and/or certification. As a result, four coach grant categories have been created to assist provincial sport organizations, community clubs and coach developers.

Grant Amount: Up to $600.
Timeline: Spring
More information available here

The Bearpark Foundation was established in 1997 to support coaching education in British Columbia as an ongoing memorial legacy to Bob Bearpark.The Bob Bearpark Bursary Awards, founded by the Coaches Association of BC and funded by the Bearpark Foundation, supports high performance coaches, female coaches, aboriginal coaches, coaches of athletes with a disability and coaches with a disability.

Grant Amount: Up to $250
Timeline: Summer
More information available here

The Northern BC Coaching and Officiating Development Fund is a localized initiative, supported in part by the Northern Sport Strategy, created to provide support for coaching and officiating development leading up to the 2015 Canada Winter Games and beyond. Recipients of this grant can use the funding to reduce the cost of their training and/or certification courses, in turn helping to increase accessibility to coaching and officiating development. Not-for-profit organizations located in a northern community within BC Games Zones 7 or 8 as well as individuals from Zones 7 and 8 are eligible to apply.

Grant Amount: Up to $2,000
Timeline: Spring
More information available here

The Bobbie Steen Legacy Foundation has been created to provide financial support to charitable activities dedicated to advancing gender equity in physical activity and sport and/or the community betterment resulting from female involvement in physical activity and sport.

Grant Amount: $2,000
Timeline: November
More information available here

The Jack Nicholson Coaching Bursary has been created by Rowing Canada Aviron and Jack’s family to acknowledge his immense contributions.  This year $1,000 will be presented to the recipient(s) who best demonstrate(s) Jack’s commitment, intuition and passion for coaching. Candidates should be seeking funding support to pursue their own goals related to improving their coaching skills through coaching certification, conference participation and mentoring or apprentice opportunities.

Grant Amount: $1,000. 
Timeline: January
More information will be available soon

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