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NEWS RELEASE · 31st August 2011
Ministry of Community -Sport
Applications are now being accepted to help local sport, municipalities, Aboriginal and community organizations increase sport opportunities for British Columbians of all ages and abilities.

The Local Sport Program Development Fund provides grants of up to $2,000
for sport programs that aim to increase access to British Columbians.

This could include opportunities such as clubs establishing a youth division; a new sport program that requires specialized equipment or coach training; or a club that wants to introduce their sport to local
schools.

Since 2008, $251,728 from the Local Sport Program Development Fund has been distributed to 69 B.C. communities, benefiting over 8,500 British Columbians involved in sport.

Programs supported by the Local Sport Program Development Fund include:

* The Nak'azdli Band Council received $2,000 to introduce and recruit new participants to lacrosse in Fort St. James.

* The Equinox Outdoor Recreation Society in Terrace received $2,000 to train and certify rock-climbing instructors.

* The New Totem Archery Club received $2,000 to establish Kids Night in Fort St John.

* The Tri City Greyhounds in Surrey received $2,000 to purchase specialized track and field equipment for senior athletes (age 35+).

Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development -

"It is so important to the long-term health of B.C. families that they get access to sport opportunities in their own communities. These organizations play an important role in introducing our residents to the benefits of sport, and ensuring that it occurs in a safe and welcoming environment."

Quick Facts:

* $100,000 in provincial funding is available through Local Sport Program Development Fund.

* The application period runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 3, 2011. A second application period will be launched January 2012.

* Successful applicants receive grants up to $2,000.

* Applications are assessed according to the following criteria:

o Submitted by an eligible applicant using the supplied application form.

o Align with the purpose of the grant and acceptable use of funds.

o Show a commitment to partner with other community groups and organizations.

o Demonstrate commitment to increasing participation in organized sport activities.

o Demonstrate commitment to delivering programs by qualified instructors (NCCP, first aid).

o Innovative programs that fit the needs of the participants and the community.

o Show a plan for sustainability of participation in sport in the community.

o Show community matching capacity (in-kind or cash).

o Capacity to complete the outlined program and meet the goals and objectives.

Learn More:

Find out more about the Local Sport Program Development Fund:
http://www.2010legaciesnow.com/local_sport_development_fund/

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect