The Bearpark Foundation was established in 1997 to support coaching education in British Columbia as an ongoing memorial legacy to Bob Bearpark.
In order for everyone to thrive via sport, there are obstacles that need to be overcome to ensure quality sport experiences.
To help reduce some of those barriers viaSport administers close to $2 million dollars each year in over 10 different sport-related grant programs, funded by the Province of B.C., Government of Canada and individual foundations. These programs strive to:
- Increase participation of under-represented groups
- Develop grassroots sport in communities
- Improve gender equity in participation, leadership and administration roles
- Create opportunities in outlying and under-served areas of the province
- Encourage regional, provincial, national and international event hosting across the province
- Assist high school students with travel costs for attending provincial championships
- Assist post-secondary athletes with training and competition costs
viaSport also provides approximately $400.000 in financial assistance annually to KidSport so that over 1,000 B.C. children can participate in community sport.
To find out more about our grants and the eligibility requirements, click the grant name and navigate to the bottom blue block for full guidelines. To apply for a grant, click the green 'Apply Now' button to be taken straight to an online form.
Through the BC Ferries Sport Experience Program, BC Ferries and viaSport provide travel support to eligible not-for-profit sport organizations and athletes.
Vouchers may be used by athletes traveling to compete in international events, national championships, western Canadian championships, provincial championships or selection camps (does not include pre-season, tournaments, regular season league or event play).
The Northern BC Coaching and Officiating Development Fund is a localized initiative, supported in part by the Northern Sport Strategy, created to provide support for coaching and officiating development leading up to the 2015 Canada Winter Games and beyond.
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 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.
The Professional Development Fund for advancing gender equity in sport looks to build leadership throughout B.C. by providing funding for individuals to attend courses, conferences or alternative training that enhances their knowledge and skills in this area.
Do you have a question about viaSport's grant programs? Read our FAQ and find your answer right away.
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