Grants available for sports, arts and cultural groups

Applications are still being accepted from the Cariboo-Chilcotin region for grants of up to $5,000.

Applications are still being accepted from the Cariboo-Chilcotin region for grants of up to $5,000 for non-profit arts, sports and cultural events that are not already funded by another government grant.

The B.C. government is providing one-time funding to eligible non-profit organizations for small community events that strengthen volunteer capacity for event hosting throughout the province, says Susan McLean, communications officer for the ministry of community, sport and cultural devlopment, arts, culture and BCArts Council Branch.

She says EventHostBC will provide a total of $250,000, divided among the six provincial tourism regions, to encourage events that are currently ineligible for other provincial government funding.

Eligible non-profit organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per event.

“As long as the broader community can participate, the type of event is fairly open,” McLean says.

“It could be sports, arts or culture related, or some other creative idea supported by the community.”

Applications will only be accepted until June 30.

“Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so please help get the word out to organizations within your community that might benefit from this funding,” McLean says.

Visit http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/arts_culture/eventhostbc.htm for more information.

People can also e-mail their questions to eventhostbc@gov.bc.ca.