Applications open for equipment grant

Spring edition of the Equipment Grant Program is open for applicants

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (ISPARC) is taking applications for its spring edition of the Equipment Grant Program.

The program offers First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Aboriginal Friendship Centres and some not-for-profit organizations serving Indigenous communities across B.C. the opportunity to apply for funds to purchase sport, recreation and/or physical activity equipment. The equipment must be used to promote healthy active lifestyles by reducing barriers and increasing access to sport, recreation and physical activity programs.

The maximum amount available for recipients shall be up to $1,500. The funds must be used to purchase approved sport, recreation or physical activity equipment. The deadline is April 19 by 4 p.m. The release of the Equipment Grant Program is delivered through I·SPARC’s Regional Selection Committees, inclusive of the Northwest, Northeast, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island regions. Regional Selection Committees will be responsible for evaluating the applications submitted by communities/organizations from all regions and awarding the grants.

Approved equipment: (Please note that large, single-user items such as treadmills as well as team jerseys and other sport apparel are not eligible) Volleyball and basketball equipment, soccer, tetherball equipment, hockey, lacrosse and floor hockey equipment, baseball/softball and more. and badminton, skis and snowshoes, canoes and kayaks, yoga mats and blocks, archery and curling, nordic walking poles and jump ropes as well as steeplecourse, ultimate discs, disc golf and golf clubs.

Eligibility

All First Nations, Metis Chartered Communities and Friendship Centres are eligible to apply. In addition, some not-for-profit organizations delivering sport, recreation and/or physical activity programs to Indigenous-primary participants are eligible to apply. Due to limited funds, not all applications will be selected. All grant recipients will be required to complete and submit a final report. The report form will be provided by I·SPARC.

Team B.C. female golf athletes

Team BC coaches are seeking female (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) golf athletes born 1998 through 2005 to attend a Team BC Golf NAIG Development Camp, to be held at Two Eagles Golf Course in West Kelowna. Team BC’s under-17 and -19 female golf teams are now recruiting athletes to attend an open athlete evaluation camp to identify new players to join. The under-19 squad will identify a minimum of two, while the under-17 will identify one. Registration is open to eligible participants. This will take place on May 13 at 3509 Carrington Road in West Kelowna. For more information, visit the ISPARK website at www.isparc.ca.