Dear Field Hockey BC Members,
Please read the message below from viaSport regarding a second intake of the Local Sport Relief Fund (LSRF) by virtue of financial support from the Government of Canada Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations and the Province of B.C.
This initiative is aimed at non-profit, community level sport organizations, clubs and associations at risk of collapse or insolvency due to the impacts of COVID-19. Full information on the Local Sport Relief Fund can be found here: https://www.viasport.ca/grant/local-sport-relief-fund
Dear Sport Leaders,
We are pleased today to share with you that thanks to financial support from the Government of Canada Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations and the Province of B.C., we are opening a second intake of the Local Sport Relief Fund (LSRF) with just over $1,000,000 available to new applicants. Together with the funding delivered in the September intake, this equates to just over $3,000,000 in relief funding that has been allocated to local sport organizations in B.C. This application-based grant will be administered through viaSport and increases the financial assistance available to non-profit, community level sport organizations, clubs and associations at risk of collapse or insolvency due to the impacts of COVID-19.
This is great news for the sector as the LSRF September intake highlighted the financial need that exists across all sports, and we were grateful to have been able to support 288 organizations with $1.5 million of funding during that intake.
The application process for this second intake will remain largely the same as in the fall with a few important changes:
- All successful applicants from the first intake will be topped-up to receive the total amount of funding they requested, to a maximum of $7,500. This is in recognition of the high financial need of these organizations, with the aim of reducing the likelihood of their collapse or permanent closure. This will be communicated to them directly by viaSport and there is no need for them to re-apply. Funding will be delivered as soon as it is received by viaSport.
- Organizations who applied in the fall but were not selected for funding or requested less than $7,500 will be able to reapply.
- To reduce the application burden, organizations who are reapplying can choose between submitting a new application, or update their previous application with financial information only. When selecting this option, updated financial information will be combined with the information submitted in the initial intake application and assessed in its entirety.
Full information on the Local Sport Relief Fund can be found here: https://www.viasport.ca/grant/local-sport-relief-fund along with our news story on this funding. viaSport will begin sharing this information via our newsletter tomorrow (March 12) but as our partners, we wanted to give you the opportunity to share this exciting news with your membership prior to it being made public should you wish to do so.
We ask that you please share this information with your local sport clubs and we look forward to again working with you to distribute this funding. If you have any questions about this fund, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEO, viaSport BC