Community-based sports groups can apply for financial support from Province

The fund will help local sport clubs and organizations pay bills, society dues, salaries and/or maintenance fees while weathering the impacts of the pandemic, helping them to plan for an eventual full return to sport

Community-based sports groups facing the risk of closing are encouraged to apply for support from the Province's $1.5-million Local Sport Relief Fund.

Many local sport organizations are facing extreme financial pressure and risk of insolvency due to the absence of registration fees, event revenues and sponsorships amid the pandemic.

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"For many athletes and families, local sport organizations provide the important physical, mental and social benefits sports offer, which we need more than ever," Lisa Beare, minister of tourism, arts and culture, said in a press release. "This funding will help local organizations so they can continue to support children, families and our communities with healthy activities."

The fund will help local sport clubs and organizations pay bills, society dues, salaries and/or maintenance fees while weathering the impacts of the pandemic, helping them to plan for an eventual full return to sport, according to the release.

The application process is open until Oct. 16. Click here for more information.

"This financial support from the provincial government for local sport organizations is really huge during these volatile times,” Brad Dalke, head coach of Kamloops Classic Swimming, said in the press release. “The support will help our club continue developing good citizens one stroke at a time, which is our mantra.

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