Through the BC Ferries Sport Experience Program, BC Ferries and viaSport provide travel support to eligible not-for-profit sport organizations and athletes.
Funded by the Province of B.C., Government of Canada, individual foundations and corporations, viaSport awards approximately $2 million dollars in sport-related grant programs each year. Our aim is to reduce barriers and ensure quality sport experiences by:
- Increasing participation and leadership opportunities for under-represented groups
- Developing grassroots sports in outlying and under-served areas in B.C.
- Supporting the continued education of training of certified coaches
- Encouraging regional, provincial, national and international sport event hosting across the province
- Assisting with travel costs for youth
Interested in receiving a grant? View our available grant programs below to see if you are eligible.
The Community Sport Program Development (CSPD) Fund, funded by the Province of British Columbia, makes community sport more accessible to people of all abilities. CSPD Funding is awarded to sport programs delivered by non-profit organizations, which include local and provincial sport organizations, municipalities, and Aboriginal communities.
The BCSPP supports programs that attract children, youth, Indigenous and under-represented populations to lead active and healthy lifestyles through involvement in sport while also helping to support communities delivering physical activity programming throughout the province.
The LeadForward Grant: Advancing Balanced Representation in Sport aims to strengthen balanced leadership for female coaches, officials or organizational staff throughout B.C.by supporting their professional development opportunities.
The Province of B.C. is providing relief funding for non-profit and for-profit B.C.-based amateur leagues and teams competing at the provincial, national or international level. The Amateur Sport League Fund is intended to provide one-time financial relief to help amateur sports leagues and/or teams with operational costs such as, salaries, administrative costs, personal protective equipment and the development of COVID safety plans to ensure the safety of athletes and staff. This funding focuses on leagues and teams owned and operated in B.C., who do not compensate athletes as employees, and can demonstrate at least 30 per cent loss in revenue due to the impacts of COVID-19. Note: school, post-secondary, and Esports leagues are ineligible for this funding. For questions, please contact email@example.com.
To help maximize the impact on provincially targeted athletes and coaches, the High Performance Project Grant targets PSOs and DSOs that have not been selected for Enhanced Excellence funding but have specific high performance project needs. In 2021-2022, this grant will focus on initiatives that target athletes and coaches attending the 2022 Canada Summer Games.
The Local Sport Relief Fund has been developed to provide one-time financial relief for non-profit, community level sport organizations, clubs and associations at risk of collapse or insolvency due to the impacts of COVID-19. The fund is made possible through financial assistance of the Government of Canada, support from the Province of B.C. and administered through viaSport British Columbia.
The Coaches BC Legacy Fund was set up in 2013 with the goal of encouraging more community level coaches to become involved, to further their education, and to receive training and/or certification. As a result, four coach grants have been created to assist provincial sport organizations, community clubs and coach developers.
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