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Hosting BC Grant

Grants to British Columbia Sports Nonprofits, Community Groups,
Registered Societies, and Municipalities to Host Local Sports Events

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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viaSport British Columbia

Deadline Date:

10/03/19 11:59 PM PDT


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Grants of up to $35,000 to British Columbia nonprofits, sports organizations, community organizations, agencies, and federally or provincially registered societies to promote tourism and economic development by hosting high-performance sporting events. Funding is intended to increase participation among underserved groups from under-represented areas, support coach development, encourage regional, provincial and international sport hosting, and support travel costs for youth.

Priority of Hosting BC grants are for:

  • International, National and Western Canadian Championships
  • Provincial and University National Championships, Regional Events, and Invitational Events that clearly fulfill a hosting void in the community
  • Events that fit within the Train to Train, Train to Compete, and Train to Win stages of the CS4L framework.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Strengthen sport, economic, and community impacts in alignment with one of the provincial priorities of high-performance sports excellence;
  • Generate economic and tourism impacts in the host community;
  • Help communities, organizations, and volunteers enhance their event hosting capacity to attract larger, more prestigious events;
  • Build BC’s international profile and reputation as an exceptional major event host; and
  • Support the high-performance development pathway for BC’s athletes based on the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) framework.

Applications will be assessed and prioritized by the following criteria:

  • The event has a defined connection with the sport system (PSO sanctioned and CS4L identified) and provides a valuable competitive opportunity within the high performance development pathway for athletes, coaches and officials.
  • The event provides a strong contribution to increasing the capacity of the provincial sport system and develops skills and experience of volunteers, technical officials, and event organizers.
  • The event has the potential to generate measurable economic impacts, tourism benefits, and legacies while providing a valuable sport development opportunity for athletes, coaches and officials.
  • There is significant community support demonstrated for the event and potential for audience reach.
  • The geographic location of the event is considered to ensure funds are distributed across BC

For a list of eligible sports, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176006

Number of Grants:

A maximum of two grants per sport may be awarded in any one intake.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $35,000. For a list of maximum funding amounts according to type of event, see Appendix 2 (page 8) of the guidelines.

Term of Contract:

The event must take place between December 1 2019 and February 28 2021.

Grants for annual recurring events in the same location each year may be considered for funding up to a maximum of three consecutive fiscal years (on a decreasing scale).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by a not-for-profit organization that is operating as a:
- National Sport Organization (NSO)
- Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) registered in B.C.;
- Community organization, club or association;
- BC municipality, regional district, other local government body
- Aboriginal bands or community associations; or
- Federally or provincially registered society
- Recognized university or college

Only those sports that are under the jurisdiction of a PSO in BC that meet the “Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Recognized BC Provincial Sport Organizations to be Considered for Government Funding 2010” in the BC annual funding framework are eligible to be considered for Hosting BC funding.

Events must:
- Take place in British Columbia;
- Be sanctioned by an appropriate, recognized organization (PSO, NSO, International Federation (IF), etc.);
- Be identified as part of the PSO’s and/or NSO’s Canadian Sport for Life implementation plan

Funding requests for the following are NOT eligible:
- Events that are unconfirmed or still in the bidding process
- Sport festivals or participation focused events
- BC Elementary, Middle, and High School Championship events
- Hosting multi-sport events (i.e. multi-sport Games)
- Sport development/training camps
- Provincial, national, or international conferences, congresses, symposiums, Annual General Meetings, etc.
- Capital expenditures, gifting, and prize money

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm PDT October 3, 2019.

The Hosting BC grant opens for applications roughly every 4 months with eligible event dates shifting accordingly for each intake. As such, eligible events may have multiple opportunities to apply. However, once funding is granted, an event will not be eligible for any further funding by applying again. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as event details are known.

If multiple applications are submitted for any one sport, the sport governing body (PSO and/or NSO) will be consulted to advise on which events are a priority in the sport’s developmental pathway.

Applications for recurring events must be submitted for each applicable intake period. Applicants must be able to demonstrate how Hosting BC funding will contribute to building hosting capacity and event sustainability.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Grants at viaSport
Phone: 778 654 7542

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

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Canada: British Columbia