BC’s government announced today that they have approved funding for 64 sports organizations across Vancouver Island, some right here in Victoria.

The $1.5 million Local Sport Relief Fund will help local sports organizations in the province who have felt the impact of COVID-19, the B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport said in a release on Thursday.

COVID-19 has put financial pressure on many local sports clubs throughout the province who have had limited ability to offer programming and fundraise to cover expenses due to the pandemic.

These clubs are at risk of closure and leaving communities without local access to sport, says the release. A grand total of 288 organizations across BC will be supported by the Local Sport Relief Fund.

Those organizations in Victoria receiving a portion of the funding include:

  • Victoria West Athletic Association
  • Victoria Youth Field Lacrosse Association
  • West Coast Rhythmic Gymnastics Club
  • Victoria Curling Club
  • Spartans Canadian Football Assoc.
  • Society for Kids at Tennis
  • Saanich Squash Association
  • Saanich Peninsula piranha Summer Swim
  • Runsport Victoria Society
  • Prospect Lake Soccer Club
  • Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club
  • Lower Vancouver Island Baseball Association
  • JDF Minor Lacrosse Association
  • Island Judo Parent Association
  • Gorge Soccer Association
  • Gorge Narrows Rowing and Paddling Club
  • Chinook Racing Canoe Club
  • Capital Region Female Minor Hockey
  • Castaways Football Club

A full list of organizations on Vancouver Island receiving funding can be found here.

“Coaches, volunteers and board members have worked around the clock to ensure people can keep active and gain the physical and mental benefits of sport during the pandemic,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

“We heard their challenges to meet financial pressures with current health orders in place and are proud to provide this additional support so our communities can continue to offer sport in a safe way.”

The funding will cover administration and operational costs for local sports organizations dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. These expenses include insurance, administrative costs, rent, storage costs, equipment essential to providing sports programs and COVID-19 related supplies, such as cleaning products, signage and PPE.

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