2017 Grant Program

Thank You for Submitting Your 2017 Grant Application with the Recreation Foundation of BC. The next Grant Cycle for the Recreation Foundation will be in 2019.

Our Grant Program was established in 2011 to provide support to not-for-profit groups active in the broad areas of recreation, sports, parks, culture, the environment and education. Since the inception of the Program, the Foundation has granted over $500,000.00 in total funding. In 2017, we received 166 applications from across the Province, resulting in funding $107,500.00 to 21 deserving groups.

Members of our Grant Committee reviewed and evaluated each of the applications based on several criteria and the resulting scores were ranked for allocation of funds.

British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association

In addition to the Grant Program, the Recreation Foundation also supports the work of the BCRPA on an annual basis. In 2017, the Foundation provided $9,960.00 in funding to the BCRPA to support its programs, services and advocating based on interest earned in the Vancouver Foundation managed Endowment Fund.

YOUR FUNDING CONTRIBUTIONS AT WORK

2017 GRANT AWARD RECIPIENT IMPACT STATEMENTS

Zajac Ranch for Children – 2017 Summer Medical Camps
“Zajac Ranch is so grateful for the support of Recreation Foundation to help children with medical conditions and disabilities have a magical summer camp experience. Your donation is instrumental in making recreation accessible to all British Columbians, including those with special needs.”
Carmen Zajac, President


ETRA Therapeutic Riding Association – Therapeutic Riding
“As the President of the ETRA Board, I want to thank the Recreation Foundation for supporting our program!  Your funding contributes to help us in financing the horses for the duration of one year and allows riders find ‘their’ trusted animal companion waiting for them every week.  For our riders, it is truly a special experience: physically, mentally and emotionally.”
Regine Eder ETRA Board President


Gavin Lake Forest Education Centre – 2017 Grade 6 School Program
“At the Gavin Lake Forest Education Centre, we bring grade 6 kids into the heart of the forest to learn about their natural surroundings. Funding from the Recreation Foundation of BC has allowed us to offer this program to every grade 6 student in 3 separate school districts absolutely free of charge. There is no question that we could not operate this school program without the great support of the Recreation Foundation of BC.”
Mike Tudor Manager – Gavin Lake Forest Education Centre


Kamloops Art Council – Crossing Bridges Arts Outreach
“The Crossing Bridges Arts Outreach provides free supportive arts workshops to those in our community who need support the most by building self-esteem, resilience, and positive connection.  We’re grateful for the Foundation’s support; as our organization truly could not continue to do our work without your grant funding.”
Rachel Casponi Outreach Coordinator


Canucks Autism Network – I Can Bike
CEO Quote: “On behalf of the thousands of BC families living with autism and the 100 children who directly benefit from the Recreation Foundation of B.C.’s funding of our bike and sports skills programs, thank you!” says Katy Harandi, Canucks Autism Network President & CEO. “These grants enable us to deliver highly supported programs that empower individuals with autism to build the confidence and skills necessary to enjoy a lifetime of sport and physical activity.”

Bike Quote: “Today I had a dream come true.  Last week my son started “I CAN Bike” and could not ride a bike at all.  By the end of week he was riding all by himself.  Today I went biking with my son for the first time.  I never knew if that day would ever come but it did thanks to all the staff and volunteers at the Canucks Autism Network bike program.  Words cannot express the gratitude I have in my heart for all of you.  Thanks.” Mark, CAN Parent
Stephanie Shack Manager of Development