Staying healthy and active is important and fun for girls and young women.
In response, sport groups throughout British Columbia have been encouraging more girls and women to join leagues and clubs, or participate in programs that promote this type of lifestyle.
Girls Only (GO) and Forever Active Bodies (FAB) 55+ are examples of the types of grants, along with Local Sport Program Development (LSPD) funds, that strive to make sport more accessible to people of all abilities.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]This latest round of funding administered by viaSport, the Provincial Government’s lead agency in the development and promotion of sport and physical activity in the province, is made up of 34 grants that provide more than $60,000 to clubs and programs around the province. Some of the recipients include:
- SEAPARC Leisure Complex (Sooke): SEAPARC’s Sculls Sooke $1,600
- Vancouver Island Biathlon Club – Courtenay: Biathlon Coaching Courses $1,825
- Penticton Pickleball Club: Penticton Outdoor Pickleball $2,000
- Aboriginal Education Department – Prince George: Northern Huskies Sports Program $2,000
Another 25 programs already have received close to $40,000 in 2015-16.
These groups, along with many more, receive up to $2,000 in grants to be used for developing sport in their community. Funds can be used for buying equipment, training officials or coaches, and teaching sport skills.
Funding for Girls and Women in Sport
Founded by ProMOTION Plus and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), the Girls Only and Forever Active Bodies (FAB) 55+ grants are part of an overarching funding program geared towards the development of sport opportunities that inspire girls and women to get active in British Columbia.
The Girls Only (GO) grant provides opportunities for girls and women in all regions of B.C. to participate in sport and integrate regular activity into their lives. Organizations can apply for the Girls Only grant to support the development and delivery of sport programs that benefit girls and women of all ages and abilities.
The Forever Active Bodies 55+ (FAB 55+) grant provides opportunities specific to women aged 55 and older in all regions of B.C. to get active in sport and physical activity. The grant is targeted to a demographic that does not typically receive the same level of opportunity and access to sport.
Eligible applicants for each grant are invited to apply for funding of up to $2,000.
Who can apply?
Applications may be submitted, individually or in partnership, by organizations that are:
- IMPORTANT: Only one application per organization will be accepted per grant category. Applicants based outside of British Columbia are NOT eligible to apply.
- Not-for-profit clubs and associations that directly deliver organized sport programs in their community
- Municipalities or community centres
- Aboriginal bands or community associations
- Previous recipients of the Girls Only and FAB 55+ grant programs
- There are three LSPD fund application periods per year (summer, fall and winter/spring). More information.
- GO and FAB 55+ are application-based programs. Organizations that are eligible to apply include municipalities, community associations, not-for-profit organizations and Aboriginal groups. More information.
- A complete list of LSPD grant recipients
- A complete list of GO/FAB grant recipients
- Original release