18 regional sports groups get relief funding
A total of 18 East Kootenay and Creston/Golden area sport organizations are receiving funding to help them recover from the pandemic and welcome a safe return to play.
“As B.C. makes its way through Step 3 of the province’s restart plan, I want to thank the sport and recreational organizations for the central role they play in bringing people back together and in returning to the activities we love,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “Volunteers have done an amazing job adapting to the pandemic. Our government is proud to support these community-based sport organizations as they work to get people back in the game.”
There are more than 4,100 local sports organizations in B.C., many of which have faced financial challenges due to the absence of registration fees, event revenues and sponsorships because of the COVID-19 limits on gatherings for public safety. The Local Sport Relief Fund provides grants of up to $7,500 to non-profit sports organizations to assist with expenses such as insurance, administrative costs, rent, storage costs and equipment essential to providing sports programs.
This is the second allocation of funds for local sport organizations thanks to additional financial support provided by the Government of Canada. In this round, the province is disbursing more than $1 million in grants to 214 organizations throughout B.C. In January 2021, the provincial government provided $1.5 million to 288 local sport organizations during the first funding allocation.
“It’s thrilling to be able to move forward in this province to a careful return to games, competition, and recreational activity,” said Charlene Krepiakevich, CEO, viaSport. “COVID-19 took a tremendous toll on sport organizations across this province. This funding acknowledges the need to financially support local sport organizations to ensure they are ready to help ramp up capacity as sport returns to communities.”
The Local Sport Relief Fund is administered by viaSport on behalf of the province.
To date, the province has provided $11 million in accelerated funding to provincial, disability and multi-sport organizations.
Regional organizations receiving funding support
Creston Curling Club
Creston Valley Team Ropers Association
Elk Valley Minor Hockey Association (Sparwood)
Fernie Ghostriders Junior Hockey Club
Fernie Skating Club
Freestyle Panorama Ski Club (Invermere)
Golden Curling Club
Key City Gymnastics Club (Cranbrook)
Kimberley Curling Club
Kimberley Gymnastics Society
Kimberley Minor Hockey Association
Peaks Gymnastics Society (Invermere)
Sparwood Minor Soccer Association
Sparwood Skating Club
Special Olympics British Columbia (Kimberley/Cranbrook)
Cranbrook Curling Club
Windermere Valley Ski Club
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