RICHMOND – The Hosting BC program, funded by the Province, is providing $20,500 in grants to support four sporting events in Richmond.

Organizations and events receiving funding:

  • RCC Futures Tennis: $5,000 for the RCC Futures ITF Tennis Tournament (June 18-26, 2016)
  • Volleyball Canada: $5,000 for the National Team Challenge Cup (NTCC) (July 13-17, 2016)
  • Curl BC: $3,000 for the 2017 Wheelchair Curling Champoinship (January 27-29, 2017)
  • Karate Canada: $7,500 for the Karate Canada National Championships (held January 30-31, 2016)

“For more than a decade, Hosting BC has been supporting competitive-level sport in our communities,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “The program’s financial assistance has resulted in many successful events that have provided great opportunities for our local economy.”

“Since 2004 the provincial government, through Hosting BC, has invested more than $5.3 million in community-based sporting events throughout the province,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “These investments help make B.C. the destination of choice for sport and cultural events.”

“Through Hosting BC, our goal is to promote sport and support competition at the provincial, national and international levels,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “These events bring the community together, inspire leadership, sportsmanship, and citizenship, and provide great opportunities for our athletes.”

Sport organizations throughout British Columbia will share $145,247 in the latest round of program funding from Hosting BC. The entire list, made up of 37 sporting events taking place in 20 communities, will provide grants ranging between $800 and $15,000.

These grants will support the setup and operation of international, national, provincial and club championships, tournaments and tour stops for sports such as racquetball, wrestling, swimming, fastball, equestrian, canoe/kayak, and taekwondo.

Funding for these events is provided by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and administered by viaSport, the Government of British Columbia’s lead agency for the development and promotion of sport and physical activity in the province.

To learn more about Event Hosting in B.C., please visit http://www.gov.bc.ca/eventhosting. To learn more about viaSport, please visit http://www.viasport.ca/.