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Vancouver Island sports is getting another boost!

On Friday, July 23rd, the province announced 42 sport organizations on Vancouver Island will receive funding to help them recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Unfortunately, many sports organizations have suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic, due to an absence of registration fees, event revenues and sponsorships.

With more than 4,100 local sports organizations in BC, the Local Sport Relief Fund will provide grants of up to $7,500 to non-profit sports organizations to assist with expenses such as insurance, administrative costs, rent, storage costs and equipment.

“The Local Sport Relief Fund is helping to protect the resiliency of BC’s sport sector,” said Grace Lore, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill.

“We know how difficult it has been for local sport organizations during the pandemic. These grants are exactly the type of support they need to offset the absence of registration fees, event revenues and sponsorships and to help meet costs in the return to sport.”

Together, the Government of Canada and the BC government is disbursing more than $1 million in grants to 214 organizations throughout BC.

This is the second allocation of funds towards sports.

The first, in January 2021, provided $1.5 million to 288 local sport organizations.

So far, the Local Sport Relief Fund grants have prioritized organizations serving under-represented populations, including girls and women, persons with disabilities, underprivileged youth, racially diverse and LGBTQI2S communities.

“It’s fantastic to be a recipient of this grant funding,” said Larisa Hutcheson, president, board of directors, Tyee Aquatic Club.

“The financial challenges brought on by the pandemic were tough, but with this support, we are excited to dive right back into activities as we look forward to welcoming new and familiar members of our club.”

The Local Sport Relief Fund is administered by viaSport on behalf of the Province.

To learn more about the funding, visit here.

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