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.

The grant application window is now closed. Please check back in the fall for more opportunities.

Rising Star 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 Rising Star Grant is to provide provincially and nationally targeted athletes with financial assistance toward their daily training needs.

This grant is not open to PacificSport registered athletes. Applicants must be registered with the Victoria Canadian Sport Institute campus only (Vancouver, Victoria, or Whistler).

Eligibility

Canadian Sport Institute will award five grants – valued between $500 and $1,000 – to deserving athletes based upon their eligibility and registration level.  

Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:  

  • Be actively registered with Canadian Sport Institute at the Provincial Development, Canadian Development, Elite, or Podium level*;
  • Be a BC resident registered with the Canadian Sport Institute Vancouver, Victoria, or Whistler campuses;
  • Be identified by their respective Provincial or National Sport Organization according to Canadian Sport Institute’s athlete eligibility criteria; and
  • Not have previously won the same grant within a 365-day period.
  • Demonstrated commitment to athletic development and high performance  
  • Demonstrated Sport performance objectives for 2022-2023 and/or relevant seasons of play  
  • Sport achievements to date and demonstrated potential towards future performance 
  • Optional: Letter of support/reference from a coach, mentor, or community member that can speak to your athletic ability and commitment to sport 

Applications must be submitted prior to the deadline as late applications will not be accepted, and should include: 

  • Achievements and accomplishments in and outside of sport;
  • Number of sport-specific training hours;
  • Sport performance objectives and goals; and
  • A plan to use the funds if selected for the award. 

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

Eligible Expenses include:

  • Registration Fees 
  • Travel costs 
  • Equipment 
  • Coach expenses 

Applicants will be asked to provide estimates for items included in their proposed budget.

Selection Process

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

Terms & Conditions

Applicants may be asked to provide additional supporting information at the discretion of the selection committee. 

  • Athletes must be currently training and competing (if appropriate) in the sport indicated upon receipt of assistance. 
  • Make every reasonable effort to rehabilitate to prior athletic status; and
  • Demonstrate long-term commitment to return to high-performance training and competition goals.

Future Opportunities

To stay informed about upcoming grant opportunities and the latest sport and physical activity news in the province: 

  • Sign up for our quarterly newsletter
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

 To learn more about how we are transforming and scaling the impact of sport in our province, visit CSIPacific.ca. 

Nesters Market Grant

Nesters Squamish and Nesters Whistler have partnered with Canadian Sport Institute Pacific to offer a grant exclusive to athletes living within these communities. The grant is developed as a way to support the competitive and training needs of amateur athletes in the region, providing provincially and nationally targeted athletes with financial assistance that will support their podium pursuits.

This grant is not open to PacificSport registered athletes or athletes registered to Vancouver and Victoria campuses.

Eligibility

Each year, Canadian Sport Institute will award a certain number of grants – valued at $1,000 – to deserving athletes.

Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:  

  • Be actively registered with Canadian Sport Institute at the Provincial Development, Canadian Development, Elite or Podium level*;
  • Be identified by their respective Provincial or National Sport Organization according to Canadian Sport Institute’s athlete eligibility criteria;
  • Not have previously won the same grant within a 365-day period; and
  • Reside in Whistler or the surrounding area, and be registered with the Whistler campus.

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

Application Process

Applications must be submitted prior to the deadline as late applications will not be accepted, and should include:

  • Achievements and accomplishments in and outside of sport;
  • Number of sport-specific training hours;
  • Sport performance objectives and goals;
  • A plan to use the funds if selected for the award; and
  • How you have given back to your community.

Selection Process

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

Terms & Conditions

Applicants may be asked to provide additional supporting information at the discretion of the selection committee. 

  • Athletes must be currently training and competing (if appropriate) in the sport indicated upon receipt of assistance. 
  • Make every reasonable effort to rehabilitate to prior athletic status; and
  • Demonstrate long-term commitment to return to high-performance training and competition goals.

Future Opportunities

To stay informed about upcoming grant opportunities and the latest sport and physical activity news in the province: 

  • Sign up for our quarterly newsletter
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

 To learn more about how we are transforming and scaling the impact of sport in our province, visit CSIPacific.ca. 

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific Grant for the Canadian Athlete Insurance Program (CAIP)

This grant is designed to assist BC’s top tier High Performance athletes who are not receiving medical support within their sport-specific training plan. Canadian Sport Institute Pacific will provide a base level of CAIP for athletes who are NOT adequately supported by their NSO, family insurance, and/or other means of medical support through NSO service agreements. This grant is available to High Performance athletes living and training full-time in BC who demonstrate a need for CAIP. For information on how CAIP can help, please see the Canadian Athlete Insurance Program (CAIP) entry above.

Eligibility

There are a limited number of grants available, so while any athlete may apply, preference may be given to those registered at a higher level.

  • Athlete must be registered with Canadian Sport Institute Pacific or PacificSport at the Podium, Canadian Elite, Canadian Development, or Provincial Development level;
  • Athlete must be living and training full-time in BC; and
  • Athlete must demonstrate a need for additional insurance coverage.

Successful applicants will be awarded Bronze coverage. For those wanting Gold or Silver coverage, Canadian Sport Institute will pay $235.00 of the cost with the rest covered by the individual athlete.

*Depending on available funds, applicants registered at the Podium or Canadian Elite level may be eligible to be awarded a higher level of CAIP coverage (Gold, Silver). Athletes will be notified of the amount awarded to them upon review of their application.

Application Period

Please check back in the future to find out out more about the next application period.