Scholarships, Grants & Education for future Parks, Recreation & Culture

Grant Program

Our Grant Program.

The Recreation Foundation of BC’s Grant Program was established in 2011 to provide support to non-profit organizations active in the areas of recreation, sports, parks, culture, the environment, and associated education.

Since the inception of this program, RFBC has granted over $600,000 in total funding to organizations across British Columbia. In 2019, the Foundation approved approximately $94,000 in grants to the deserving organizations listed below.

The Board members of the RFBC look forward to the ability to return to fundraising initiatives soon and to hope to open a Grant cycle in 2023.

What are the objectives?

The primary objective of these scholarships is to invest in future leadership by providing financial support to emerging leaders enrolled in recreation-related studies throughout British Columbia. Scholarship recipients will receive $1,000 towards tuition costs. An additional objective of these scholarships is to promote environmental studies and raise visibility for recreation to encourage students to pursue these fields of study.

RFBC gives equal weight (25) to four key areas:

  1. Participation—Does it reach a significant portion of the community?
  2. Impact—What level of impact does it have on the community?
  3. Design—Does it have a good program plan?
  4. Budget—Can organizations make it work if full funding from RFBC is not achieved?

RFBC considers the following when evaluating submissions:

  • Awarding to a variety and wide range of submissions.
  • Awarding to organizations across the province.
  • The impact on that community. 
    • Small communities with a project that may seem trivial to larger communities but will have a big impact on their community.

Recreation Foundation grant recipients

The Board of Directors of the RFBC is pleased to announce the recipients of the funding through our 2019 Grant Program.

grant recipients

British Columbia recreation and parks association

In addition to the Grant Program, the RFBC supports the work of the BCRPA on an annual basis. In 2020, the Foundation gave $10,000 in funding to the BCRPA to support its programs, services, and advocating. This funding was generated from interest earned in the Vancouver Foundation-managed Endowment Fund.

2019 grant award recipient impact statements.

Enable Program for Children and Youth

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Center Society

I want to express my deep gratitude for the support from BCRF for our annual Youth Strides Summer Camp! It truly is a life-changing experience as youths leave the camp with greater confidence, new connections, and a deeper sense of community. With the funds from BC Recreation Foundation, we will be able to take 25 youth to camp where they will learn new skills, build connections with community leaders, and foster meaningful relationships with other youth who share similar experiences, all while enjoying a classic Canadian camping experience!

The Morse Creek Restoration Project

Alouette River Management Society

The Morse Creek Restoration Project is a great example of community collaboration and stewardship of a high-use local park and stream. ARMS has been in partnership with Eric Langton Elementary School since 2017, delivering free environmental workshops centred on stream health in this area. This is a great way for us to continue to connect with more of our future generation for the good of Alouette River and the small creeks which feed it. This project would not have been possible without the support of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Mustang Survival, and the RFBC.

Go Girls and Game-On Group Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley

On behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley, I want to send a heartfelt thank you for supporting our Go Girls and Game On group mentoring programs. These programs promote active living, balanced eating, and positive self-image by ensuring that children in our community have access to positive, healthy role models. Funding from the RFBC will help us bring these programs to more than 200 children throughout the school year. Your contribution will make a lasting positive impact on our community!