2020 grant applications are closed.

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BCRPA, with the support of the Government of Canada, and in collaboration with the BC Seniors Games Society (BCSGS), is once again pleased to offer grants of $500 - $2,500 to local communities to host "Give it a Try!" events.

While this year’s events may look and feel a little different due to new COVID-19 safety policies and procedures, there are still many activities that can be sampled in a safe and fun way.

“Give it a Try!” is a one-day event that provides anyone over the age of 55 an opportunity to try a sport at the local community centre that is offered in the 55+ BC Games. It is an opportunity for members of the community to come together through sport to learn more about the 55+ BC Games and the services and programs at their local community centre in a fun and social environment.

The grants will be jointly awarded to a local community centre and their BC Seniors Games Society zone. To learn which zone you are in, click here.

About the Give it a Try! 55+ Games

The objective of the “Give it a Try!” program is to increase the exposure of the 55+ BC Games and the programs and services the community centre offers.  By working together, the zone and the community centre will identify sports that they would like to feature and have capacity to develop. The event will also include a social component (while following recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer) that will allow people to meet others from their community. 

There will also be an opportunity for successful grant recipients to apply for a newcomers to Canada grant of up to $500 for those events that target newcomers as well as a legacy grant of $125 to off-set the cost of equipment.

Grant applications closed November 13, 2020.

What communities said about Give it a Try!

“Since our events last week we’ve already had participants come into our facility (Maple Ridge Leisure Centre) to attend our drop-in Pickleball gym times” – Maple Ridge Programmer

“This event was a catalyst in creating a strong linkage between the City of Penticton’s Recreation Department and the Penticton Seniors Centre. Previously the two service providers operated in silos, and have since begun conversations in ways to share resources and have been working more closely to offer services in partnership.” - City of Penticton