Providing Financial Assistance to Athletes

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and a number of our partners provide a variety of ways in which athletes can receive financial assistance.

These grants and bursaries support the competitive needs of amateur athletes in British Columbia.

Canadian Sport Institute Travel Grant

Canadian Sport Institute recognizes the need for financial aid to support the competitive needs of amateur athletes in British Columbia. The intent of the Canadian Sport Institute Athlete Travel Grant is to provide provincially and nationally targeted athletes with travel assistance towards their participation in national and international competitions.

The Fall 2016 application window is now open! Applications will be accepted until November 30th – 11:59pm.

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Application Process

Applications must be submitted prior to the deadline, late applications will not be accepted.

Selection Process

Canadian Sport Institute will receive and administer all applications for the Athlete Travel Grant. Complete applications will be provided to the selection committee who will determine the recipients based on the allocation of funds available and calibre of applications.

For more information on the Canadian Sport Institute Athlete Travel Grant, please contact your regional Athlete Coach Services representative.

Note: For athletes registered with a PacificSport Centre, please note that the eligibility criteria and application process will vary across Centres. Please click on your affiliated PacificSport Centre below for more information:

Eligibility

Each year, Canadian Sport Institute will award twenty grants – ten in the spring and ten in the fall – valued at $500 to deserving athletes based on the following criteria:

Athletes must be:

  • A BC resident registered with Canadian Sport Institute Vancouver, Whistler or Victoria Campuses;
  • Identified by their respective Provincial or National Sport Organization according to Canadian Sport Institute’s athlete eligibility criteria;
  • Actively registered with Canadian Sport Institute at the Provincial Development or Canadian Development service level*;
  • In attendance LIVE (in-person or online) for a minimum of two Sport Performance Speaker Series events during the previous year, starting from the application window’s closing date;
  • Applying for a national or international competition (i.e. Junior or Senior Nationals, Junior/Senior World Championships, Olympic/Paralympic Trials, World Cup Events, etc);
  • Applying for a competition that will take place 6 months prior to or after the application deadline;
  • A letter from the athlete’s primary coach confirming the travel along with a recommendation for the grant is required.

Athlete cannot be awarded consecutive CSI Pacific Athlete Travel grants – i.e. athlete can only win one CSI Pacific Athlete Travel Grant per 365 day period.

*Note: Based on the number of applications received, priority may be given to athletes identified at the Canadian Development level.

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Rising Star Grant

Canadian Sport Institute recognizes the need for financial aid to support the competitive needs of amateur athletes in British Columbia. The Rising Star Grant is made possible on the strength of an endowment fund created in the name of the 14,000 volunteers who helped stage the successful Commonwealth Games in 1994.

The Fall 2016 application window is now closed, good luck to all those who applied!

Applications will once again be accepted beginning Spring 2017.

Eligibility

Canadian Sport Institute will award a select number of grants, twice a year, valued at $500 to deserving athletes based on the following criteria:

  • Athlete must be a BC resident registered with Canadian Sport Institute Victoria Campus at the Canadian Development or Provincial Development level.
  • Athlete must be identified by their respective Provincial or National Sport Organization according to Canadian Sport Institute’s athlete eligibility criteria. Preference of selection will be given to Canadian Development over Provincial Development athletes.
  • In attendance LIVE (in-person or online) for a minimum of two Sport Performance Speaker Series events during the previous year, starting from the application window’s closing date;
  • Athlete cannot be awarded consecutive Rising Star Grants – i.e. athlete can only win one Rising Star Grant per 365 day period.
  • Athlete must be able to demonstrate a high standard of achievement in other areas such as education, culture, community service, sport volunteer work, etc.
  • Athlete must submit a letter of support from their coach and a volunteer letter of reference alongside their application.
  • Athlete must submit a quality, completed application form before the deadline.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted prior to the deadline, late applications will not be accepted. The following must be included with the completed form:

  • A cover letter outlining intent to apply (max. 1 page).
  • A written letter of support from primary coach (max. 1 page).
  • A letter of reference from an organization the athlete has volunteered for.

Selection Process

Canadian Sport Institute will receive and administer all applications for the Rising Star Grant. Completed applications will be provided to the selection committee who will determine the recipients based on the allocation of funds available and calibre of applications.

For more information on the Canadian Sport Institute Rising Star Grant, please contact Drew Todd.

BC Ferries Sport Experience Program

Together BC Ferries and ViaSport offer a financial assistance program that aims to offset the cost of athletes traveling to and from competitions by ferry. To be eligible for the program, applicants must be competing in a sport that is a member organization of ViaSport. Applications are accepted between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015.

Find out more about eligibility criteria and application details.

CAN Fund

CAN Fund is a financial assistance program available to active national team athletes training to represent Canada internationally. It provides direct funding to athletes creating the opportunity to focus on success instead of on unnecessary financial hurdles such as training, coaching, and nutrition fees.

Learn more about CAN Fund.

Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund

AthletesCAN, in partnership with the Investors Group, award twenty Canadian amateur athletes with the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund each year. The $5,000 bursary is available to senior national team athletes based on selection criteria including athletic achievement, financial need, and community involvement.

Learn more about the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund.