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City funds 10 community events to help them get more people active

November 16 2018 –

Council has approved grants totaling $44,800 to support the growth of community sports events in Vancouver.

What the funding will support

The investment will fund sports tournaments, events and initiatives that promote physical health and wellness, encourage volunteering and nurture life and leadership skills among adults, youth and vulnerable communities.

Hastings Community Little League

Hastings Community Little League (HCLL) is set to receive $5,000 of funding to enable them to revitalize the Fred Ritchie Memorial Tournament which has been running since 1989 and will now provide a competitive event for children aged 7 to 10.

Speaking about the grant, Todd James, Vice-President of HCLL, said "We are pleased that, thanks to the generous grant from the City of Vancouver, we can relaunch the Fred Ritchie Memorial Tournament in recognition of Fred Ritchie who was long serving volunteer at HCLL.

The tournament has not taken place for the past three years. With the help provided by Community Sport Hosting, HCLL will be able to bring children together from across the Lower Mainland to experience a fun, interactive and competitive baseball experience."

Other projects to receive funding include:

  • $10,000 to support the 2019 U Sports National Championships which will be hosted at UBC Aquatic Centre in February
  • $5,500 seed funding to All My Relations, a women's basketball team in the Downtown Eastside which provides care and support networks to the participants as well as helping them develop a healthy lifestyle
  • Two grants totaling $5,500 to assist Vancouver Secondary Schools Athletic Association with the provision of gym facilities for two basketball competitions this winter
  • $5,000 funding to support Volleyball BC's Vancouver Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament in July
  • $5,000 grant for KitsFest, the community multi-sport competition that takes place in August and encourages people of all ages to get active
  • $2,800 to keep entry costs low for the annual McDonalds VPD Winter Invitational basketball tournament for senior boys teams from schools across Vancouver
  • $2,500 to support the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track Club's Longest Day Road Race which has been running for 15 years and attracts over 1,500 participants
  • $2,500 funding for Canada Snowboard's AGM to help create an aligned vision and strategy for continuing to develop snowboarding at all levels across the country

Grants open to not-for-profit organizations

The grants, which are part of our 2018 Community Sport Hosting program, are open to local and provincial not-for-profit organizations who are hosting an event in Vancouver.

As well as the latest 10 awards, we have approved funding for 14 other community sport events this year, with grants totaling over $125,000.

Applications to the program are accepted on a year-round basis and deadlines for the 2019 funding windows will be announced shortly.

Learn more about Vancouver Sport Hosting Grants