Local Sport Development funding available to start or expand community sport opportunities
The Province of B.C. announced an investment of $100,000 to be distributed through the Local Sport Program Development Fund for 2011-2012. Applications are now being accepted to help local sport, municipalities, Aboriginal and community organizations increase sport opportunities for British Columbians of all ages and abilities.
The Local Sport Program Development Fund provides grants of up to $2,000 for sport programs that aim to increase access to British Columbians. This could include opportunities such as clubs establishing a youth division; a new sport program that requires specialized equipment or coach training; or a club that wants to introduce their sport to local schools.
The deadline for the first application period is 4 pm PST on October 3, 2011.
A second application period will be launched January, 2012.
For further details, please see the program guidelines and application form online at www.2010legaciesnow.com/local_sport_development_fund/.
The Local Sport Development Fund is supported by the Province of B.C. through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
The press release can be found at http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2011CSCD0056-001085.htm
The following three BC curling centres have already benefitted from this funding:
Lead Organization: Ashcroft and District Curling Club
Program: Equipment for Novice Curlers
Intake: November 2009
Using the LSPD funds to purchase brooms and footwear, the Club will be able to begin a three-month introductory course. In partnership with the local elementary and high schools, these classes will teach students the rules, etiquette and techniques of curling.
Lead Organization: Golden Curling Club
Program: Golden Youth Curling Program
Intake: September 2009
The youth curling program will attract new curlers by providing a safe, fun and encouraging atmosphere for first-time curlers to learn the sport. Using the funds to operate a weekly “Learn to Curl” night, the club will partner newcomers with existing members who will be able to share their experience and knowledge.
Lead Organization: Kelowna Curling Club
Program: Junior Disability Program
Intake: January 2011
The Junior Disabilitiy Program will be expanded to serve a greater number of participants with a disability. The funding will be used to purchase specialized equipment and acquire ice time to make this program accessible to the community.