Eligibility Criteria 

In order to qualify for a grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a municipal or regional district, or First Nations community.
  • The event:
    • Offers at least 4 categories of activities, including Throw, Hit, Move, and Play (see Schedule B). The selection of sports/activities will be finalized in the planning process in collaboration with a BC Seniors Games Society representative.
    • Is free and promoted to those over the age of 55.
    • Will incorporate a social component following the event. 
    • Will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about programs offered by the community centre and about participation in the 55+ BC Games.
    • Will be planned and implemented in collaboration with a BCSGS local representative. The BCRPA will connect successful grant recipients and a BC Seniors Games Society representative before detailed event planning begins.
    • Must take place prior to June 22, 2018
  • Upon completion of the GIVE IT A TRY event, participants will be provided with a complimentary pass or passes to use at the recreation facility which will encourage ongoing participation with their desired sport or activity.

Other important things to know:

  • The grant is intended to cover costs for: participant fees, facility fees, equipment, staffing, refreshments, complimentary pass, etc.
  • Priority may be given to grant applications based upon:
    • The scope of sport(s)/activities the community is able to offer
    • The reach to 55+ Older Adults in the community
    • The ability to enhance the mandate of the BC Seniors Games Society in increasing participation in the 55+ BC Games
  • If approved, you will be required to submit a final report on the event – guidelines will be included in the grant letter of agreement.
  • The event must acknowledge the financial support of the BCRPA, BC Seniors Games Society, the Province of BC and the Government of Canada.
  • Grant Application Deadline: 4:30pm PST on February 23rd, 2018. You will be notified within 7 business days of the status of your application.

Application Schedule:

  • Grant application deadline: Feb 23rd, 2018
  • Grant recipient notification and distribution of 80% of funds: Within 7 business days after the grant deadline
  • Final report submission deadline: July 6th, 2018
  • Final grant payment: Within 5 business days of receipt of final report

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