KidSport British Columbia

PROVINCIAL FUND

If your community doesn’t have a local chapter yet, don’t worry! You can still apply for a KidSport grant through the Provincial Fund.

What is a Grant?

KidSport provides grants to kids from families facing financial barriers so they can participate in registered sport programs and experience the lifelong benefits of a season of sport. KidSport British Columbia provides grants of up to $400 per eligible kid, per year (January 1st - December 31st) towards sport registration fees.

If the child needs equipment, we will make a referral to a partner agency. Grants are intended to be used for sport registration fees; travel and competitions are not eligible for funding.

Eligibility Requirements

KidSport British Columbia uses the following eligibility requirements to determine financial eligibility for grants provided through the Provincial Fund.

  • Applications will be considered when without KidSport support the child would not be able to participate in the sport
  • Children ages 18 and under are eligible to apply for a grant
  • Grants are to be used for the payment of sport participation/registration fees up to the maximum established by the chapter
  • Camps, equipment, lessons, travel to playoffs, fundraising, championships, etc. are not eligible expenses
  • Only one application per calendar year, for one eligible sport, may be submitted
  • Applications must be received prior to, or at the beginning of the requested season of sport
  • Sport activities must demonstrate a sustained sport experience (a season of sport led by a qualified coach) and the sport activity must be affiliated with the member sport organizations of Sport BC
  • Applications must be filled out completely

Consideration

KidSport™ considers the social and economic barriers facing the athlete’s family when determining eligibility for funding. To help manage the increased demand and to ensure fair distribution of funding, the following screening criteria will be applied:

  • As resources allow, first time applicants will receive priority for grant funding
  • Returning applicants will be considered on a monthly basis, as funding permits
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be notified as quickly as possible
  • Canada Revenue Agency low income guidelines are used in determining eligibility

Sport Organization or School Name

  • Local club must be a current member of a provincial sport governing body through Sport BC (www.sportbc.com)
  • Sport activities must demonstrate a sustained sport experience led by a qualified coach
  • Only seasons of sport through community sport clubs or approved school programs are eligible for funding

Parent/Guardian & Financial Income

  • A parent or guardian must initiate the application on behalf of the athlete applicant
  • It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to ensure the application is complete and submitted to KidSport™
  • The income guidelines are used for funding eligibility decisions
  • Combined family income includes income from all supporting family members
  • A copy of your previous year’s net income (Income Tax Return) is requested for verification of financial status and must be uploaded in the documents and attachments section

Income Guidelines

Low income cut-offs BEFORE tax

Low income cut-offs AFTER tax

Once the completed application is received and approved by KidSport™, a cheque will be sent directly to the sport organization

Grant Distribution

Please allow a minimum of 60 days for review of application; processing time will vary depending on the availability of funds

Application Approval

Notification of the status of the application will be sent to the parent or guardian via email as soon as possible. If the application is approved, a copy of the letter of notification may also be sent to the sport / recreation organization specified on the application and other sport organizations as required. The parent, guardian, or sport / recreation organization must notify the KidSport™ chapter in their area or KidSport™ BC if the athlete withdraws from the sport activity. The grant must be used by the athlete for whom the grant was approved; no portion of the grant can be transferred to someone else.

 

Privacy / Confidentiality

KidSport™ respects your privacy. We never sell, trade or loan your information to any other organization. Information provided in this application is being collected for the purpose of administering KidSport™. This information will only be disclosed to KidSport™ personnel who need the information to carry out the responsibilities of their job, and to other organizations who may need to be contacted in order to process the application. Statistics are reported at the regional, provincial and national level. Individuals are not personally identified. By completing this application form you agree to have all collected information stored in our online database system. For more information on our privacy policy, please visit www.KidSport.ca/Legal.

If you are unsure of your eligibility to receive a grant, please reach out to kidsport@sportbc.com.

How Do I Apply?

Find a sport program your kid would like to join and sign up. Let the program’s administrators know you will be applying for KidSport funding.

  1. Click here to find your local KidSport Chapter, or see if you are covered by the provincial fund
  2. Apply online or use the paper application form - be sure to complete all sections of the application, as incomplete applications take much longer to process, and can cause delays in receiving your grant.
  3. Your completed application will be processed within 30 days of being received. If you qualify for KidSport funding, the grant will be sent directly to the sport program your kid has signed up for.

You can submit a paper application by mail, fax or e-mail:

#250 - 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3C1

Fax: 604-333-3401

Email: kidsport@sportbc.com

Register here to apply for a grant

Or, send us a paper application:

Need Some Help?

We’re always happy to answer your questions - please send an email with your question to kidsport@sportbc.com

COMMON Questions