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Vancouver, B.C. - As organizations in the B.C. sport community continue to feel the effects of COVID-19, the Province of B.C., together with the Government of Canada, are pleased to announce that just over $1,000,000 of funding will be available to applicants in a second intake of the Local Sport Relief Fund (LSRF). The LSRF is a one-time grant designed to provide 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.

Funding for this intake has been provided by the Government of Canada through the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations and is intended to support local sport clubs and organizations to help with fixed costs such as rent, building maintenance, and salaries, as organizations weather the impacts of the pandemic.

“COVID-19 has had far reaching impacts in the sport community, including lost revenue for non-profit sport organizations which has threatened their ability to offer community sport activities. We are grateful for this funding that will help ensure that everyone has opportunities to participate in and enjoy the benefits of sport when it is safe to do so,” said Charlene Krepiakevich, CEO of viaSport.

The second application intake for this funding is now open and runs until April 30, 2021. All non-profit local sports organizations facing significant financial hardship are encouraged to apply. Previous applicants may also apply again if they were unsuccessful in their first application or did not request the maximum amount available.

 “We know that many local sport organizations are facing significant financial pressures due to the pandemic and the Province stepped up with supports,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “We received a lot of applications for the first intake of the Local Sport Relief Fund. Thanks to additional funding provided by the federal government, we are pleased to announce even more supports to help ensure there are opportunities to keep playing once a safe return to sport happens.”

More information on the Local Sport Relief Fund and how to apply can be found here: https://www.viasport.ca/grant/local-sport-relief-fund