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.

*Note: The Canadian Sport Institute Travel Grant is not open to PacificSport registered athletes. Applicants must be registered with one of the three Canadian Sport Institute campuses only (Vancouver, Victoria, or Whistler).

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.

Eligibility

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

Athletes must be:

  • Actively registered with Canadian Sport Institute at the Provincial Development or Canadian Development service level* (Athletes receiving AAP Sport Canada funding are NOT eligible for this grant);
  • 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;
  • 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;
    • In lieu of live attendance, applicants may request and view two Speaker Series On-Demand presentations, then submit results for relevant follow-up quizzes with a score of 100%. See Speaker Series On-Demand page for more details.
  • Applying for a national or international competition (e.g. 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.

Applications for spring 2018 are now closed. Please check Oct 1 for the next availability of this grant.

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.

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 service level* (Athletes receiving AAP Sport Canada funding are NOT eligible for this grant)
  • 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;
    • In lieu of live attendance, applicants may request and view two Speaker Series On-Demand presentations, then submit results for relevant follow-up quizzes with a score of 100%. See Speaker Series On-Demand page for more details.
  • 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 Lindsay Jennerich.

Applications for spring 2018 are now closed. Please check Oct 1 for the next availability of this grant.

Ethan Carmichael Denum Water Polo Award

This award is intended to support high performance water polo athletes training in British Columbia and help remove financial barriers in their athletic development. Ethan was an avid water polo player and referee, and his vast network of family and friends look to give back to the sport he loved.

For more on Ethan, click here

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*Note: The Ethan Carmichael Denum Water Polo Award is open only to Water Polo athletes registered with either Canadian Sport Institute, PacificSport, or Engage Sport North and training anywhere in BC.

Eligibility

Canadian Sport Institute will award one grant annually, valued at $700, to support training or travel expenses based on the following criteria:

  • Athlete must be a BC resident registered with Canadian Sport Institute, PacificSport, or Engage Sport North as a targeted high performance Water Polo athlete.
  • Athlete must be identified by BC Water Polo or Water Polo Canada according to Canadian Sport Institute’s athlete eligibility criteria, and remain in good standing with the provincial sport organization (BC Water Polo).
  • Athlete must demonstrate sportsmanship, community service, and volunteer work.

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 Ethan Carmichael Denum Water Polo Award. 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 Pacific Ethan Carmichael Denum Water Polo Award, please contact Lindsay Jennerich.

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.