Before and After School Recreation Program Initiative
Information & Application


September 2017 through June 2018

BCRPA is pleased to offer subsidies to help offset costs for before and after school recreation programming for the coming 2017/2018 school year. Subsidies totaling $655,000 will be allocated to communities throughout British Columbia to provide new and/or expanded spaces for before and after school recreation programs, as well as to build local capacity and program legacy (i.e. equipment for continued use). Grants of up to $1500 per program per cycle are available to organizations wishing to expand existing spaces or initiate new before or after school recreation programs for children in the community.

The subsidies will support before and after school recreation programs that focus on physical activity, connecting to nature, outdoor play, and engaging in culture, sports and the arts.

In addition to program funding, this initiative will also provide training for organization leaders and additional support from BCRPA to help communities build capacity and sustainability for their programs. Online resources will also be developed to provide families with ideas and opportunities to stay active together.



There will be 3 application cycles. Applications are accepted until 11:59pm PST on: May 8 (for programs beginning in September); September 20 (for programs beginning in January); and January 22, 2018 (pending remaining funds for programs beginning in April, 2018).

A program may apply for more than one cycle, and may apply for more than one cycle in one application (e.g. apply for a program for 3 cylces spanning the school year). 

If your program is the same across all three cycles, you may submit one application.

If your program changes across each cycle, you will need to submit one application for each program.

Eligibility Criteria:

In order to qualify for a subsidy, applications must meet the following criteria:


  • The program is new, or expands on an existing program by providing additional spaces
    • Spaces are defined as:
      -    for a new program, the capacity of the program;
      -    for expanding an existing program through new spaces added
      -    for expanding an existing program through adding additional days
      -    refer here for complete information on how spaces are defined
      o Where existing program spaces are extended in duration (e.g. a program that used to be 2 hours in duration is extended to 3 hours) those spaces will be reported separately as enhanced spaces.)
  • The before and/or after school programming takes place during the 2017/18 school calendar year
  • The program cycle must be a minimum of 8 weeks in length
  • The program must run between 1 and 5 days per week.
  • The program must be for children in grades K-8
  • The program must be publicly accessible (e.g. no membership requirements)
  • The funding must be used as a subsidy only, it cannot fully fund the program
  • Program leaders:
    • with direct contact with children must have successfully completed a criminal record check
      o    must be HIGH FIVE® certified (training may be provided if needed)
      o    participate in a majority of training webinars that will be held throughout the school year
      o    for new programs, leaders must attend a two day training program which includes HIGH FIVE®
  • Programs must include some of the following recreational activities: connecting to nature, outdoor play, physical activity, culture, sports, or the arts
  • The approved program must participate in an evaluation of the program and submit a final report that includes statistics on number of participants, an outline of recreational activities children participated in, a budget indicating how funds were used to help subsidize participant fees and other details to be finalized
  • The approved program shall provide proof of a current Commercial General Liability in an amount not less than $2,000,000 - a copy of the insurance certificate will be required from successful applicants

Priority may be given to programs:

  • that provide education for parents to help them sustain the benefits their children will be gaining through the activities;
  • that provide an opportunity for families to stay engaged with being active
  • communities where no before or after school recreation programming exists

Application Process:

Complete the Before and After School Recreation Program application form before the deadline. Applicants will be notified within three weeks following the application deadline.

Application Schedule:

Recreation Program Initiative application deadline

11:59 pm PST on:

Cycle 1: May 8, 2017

Cycle 2: September 20, 2017

Cycle 3: January 22, 2018

Subsidy recipient notification

Cycle 1: June 2, 2017

Cycle 2: October 11, 2017

Cycle 3: February 7, 2018

HIGH FIVE® training and community development workshop to be determined
Program delivery September 2017 - June 2018
Final report submission deadline July 17, 2018

Payment Schedule:

•    80% will be provided within 4 weeks of confirmation of funding
•    20% will be provided when successful completion of criteria are completed (final report and confirmation that number of spaces requested were met)

Questions? Contact Noelle Virtue nvirtue(at)