Sport Event Grants

We understand that due to Covid 19 some sports events may have to be cancelled or rescheduled. For those that have received a CVRD Sport Tourism Event grant, we will assess each circumstance individually and work with grant recipients if cancellations are necessary. Please email us if you have any questions about your grant.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District plays a vital role in attracting and promoting sports in the Cowichan Region, as evidenced by involvement in major events including the 2008 North American Indigenous Games, National Aboriginal Hockey, Rogers Hometown Hockey and the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games.

In 2016, the CVRD introduced several Sport Tourism initiatives committed to providing sports organizations with resources and support. These include a comprehensive website, databases of facilities, clubs and contacts, an events calendar, an inventory of event hosting equipment, and the Sport Tourism hosting booklet – all for use at no charge.

The CVRD yearly provides up to $30,000 in grants to individual sports organizations and businesses to enhance sport event activity in the region.

Please review the following criteria and complete the online Grant Application.

Printable Application Form

Printable Criteria

Required criteria that must be met to receive consideration for funding:

  • Financial incentives provided will support a Vancouver Island, Provincial, National or International event that brings people into the Cowichan Region.
  • The event can be a tournament, championship, showcase, training camp, or similar. 
  • The event will have direct, local economic impact.
  • Services and facilities within the Cowichan Valley Regional District will be used.
  • The CVRD is to be recognized as a sponsor or contributor in all promotional and marketing materials.
  • A post event report must be provided including data pertaining to economic activity and community impacts generated by the event.

Elements that will assist in determining the level of funding:

  • Potential financial impact, including number of room nights generated.
  • Social and community impact.
  • Evidence of management and fiscal responsibility (example: business and marketing plan, sound financial controls, reasonable budget).
  • Evidence of proactive and innovative approach demonstrating respect for the environment.
  • Involvement from other community partners.
  • Preference given to championship or titled events.
  • Preference given to non-profit organizations.

Range of funding: 

  • Grant amounts range from $500 to $3000 per event application.

Phased awarding of funding:

  • 80% of the grant will be awarded immediately, and 20% upon receipt of final report.

Intake Periods:

  • The next application deadline is October 1, 2020, for events taking place between January 1 and June 30, 2021. 
  • The Sport Grant Approval Sub Committee will meet twice a year to evaluate applications.

Use of funds:

  • Grant funding is to be used for event-specific expenses only. Not to be used for general or operating revenue.

Remember to submit details for new events to the Sport Event Calendar, or inform us if your current event has been postponed or cancelled due to Covid 19.

If you have questions, please call 250.510.0649 or email us.