Victoria, BC (April 10, 2017) – I·SPARC (The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council) is accepting applications for its Spring edition of the Equipment Grant Program.
The Equipment Grant Program offers First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Aboriginal Friendship Centres and some not-for-profit organizations serving Indigenous communities across British Columbia 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 for applications is Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 by 4:00 pm.
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.
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 applications (including official purchase quotes or statements from a retailer, supplier or distributor) must be received on or before 4 pm (PST), Wednesday, April 19th, 2017. Note: Successful applicants will be notified in early May.
All grant recipients will be required to complete and submit a final report. The report form will be provided by I·SPARC.
EXAMPLES OF GENERALLY 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 & Basketball equipment
- Soccer, Tetherball equipment
- Hockey, Lacrosse and Floor Hockey equipment
- Baseball/Softball and Badminton equipment
- Skis and Snowshoes
- Canoes and Kayaks
- Yoga Mats and blocks
- Archery and Curling equipment
- Nordic Walking Poles and Jump Ropes
- Steeplecourse, Ultimate Discs, Disc Golf equipment, Golf clubs