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Local Sport Relief Fund

Grants to British Columbia Sports Nonprofits
for Urgent Support During COVID-19

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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viaSport British Columbia

Deadline Date:

10/16/20 11:59 PM PST


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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit sports organizations for urgent support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to provide relief and prevent collapse and insolvency. Grant funds may be used for operating costs and fixed costs. Funding must support administration and operational needs for an eventual return to sport.

Eligible expenses may include, but are not limited to costs associated with:

  • Day-to-day administrative costs (essential fees and dues, IT costs, office supplies)
  • Salaries, wages or benefits
  • Professional fees (accounting, bookkeeping, legal)
  • Rent, mortgage, storage costs or utilities
  • Insurance
  • Equipment essential to providing sports programming
  • COVID-19-related supplies (cleaning supplies, signage, PPE)


  • Priority will be given to organizations that have suffered significant financial loss due to the impacts of COVID-19, and are at immediate and severe risk of closure or insolvency
  • Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate strong oversight and governance
  • Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate significant community impact, and whose loss would result in a significant gap in sport programming and services in their community (i.e. there are no other clubs able to service that region)
  • Priority will be given to organizations who can clearly articulate how funds will be used, and to those that intend to use funds to prevent facility loss, job loss, closure or insolvency 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192476

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $7,500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grant is open specifically to community-based, non-profit, amateur sport organizations. A B.C. registered society or CRA charity number is required in the application.

Applications may be submitted by organizations that are:
- Non-profit local sport organizations
- Non-profit local sport organizations, which exist for the sole purpose of serving underrepresented populations and have well-established sport programming. Underserved populations include Indigenous peoples, girls & women, LGBTQ+, low-income individuals, persons with disabilities, ethnic or religious minorities, and newcomers to Canada or refugees.

All organizations must be located in British Columbia and focus on sport delivery at the local or community level.

Organizations must be not-for-profit and have a B.C. registered society or CRA charity number. For-profit organizations and those with a provincial scope of delivery are not eligible, including viaSport’s funded Provincial Sport, Disability Sport, Multi-Sport and Regional Alliance partners.

New sport programming or initiatives are ineligible.

Funds must not to be used to cover expenditures already supported by other government COVID-19 emergency measures including, but not limited to, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), and the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses.

Other ineligible expenses include:
- Professional development activities created and delivered on a one-to-one basis including coach training
- Costs related to attending professional development activities (including travel costs)
- Feasibility and market study costs
- Travel
- Hospitality
- Taxes

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, October 16, 2020

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Contact Information:

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


If you wish to discuss your application and its eligibility prior to submitting an application, contact Due to the anticipated high number of applicants, please submit questions via email only and allow 72-hours for a staff member to respond.

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