The Boating BC Association, the voice of recreational boating in British Columbia, is now accepting applications for the 2020 grant and scholarship program, which supports not-for-profit organizations offering capital infrastructure projects.
BC Boating first launched the program in 2016 to enhance boating as a recreational activity in local communities throughout the province. Grants and sponsorships of up to $2,500 are distributed to organizations that improve access to recreational boating across B.C.
More than $20,000 in grants and sponsorships were awarded to recipients in 2019, including funds to support activities by the Living Oceans Society and Pacific Salmon Foundation, as well as sponsorship of the BC Boat Show in Sidney. This is in addition to support for boating-related initiatives involving the Surrey Sailing Club, Pender Island Junior Sailing Association, Oliver Parks and Recreation, Canadian Recreational Yachting Association, and BC Marine Parks Forever Society.
“It is our pleasure to help support the industry and increase participation in the boating lifestyle,” said Lisa Geddes, Boating BC’s outgoing executive director. “There are a number of worthwhile ventures deserving of support that promote water safety, educate or create greater awareness of boating at the grassroots level – and we want to play a part in helping organizations do so.”
Comprised of more than 320 member companies, Boating BC also owns the Vancouver International Boat Show. The association works closely with all levels of government, cultivating marine career opportunities and promoting safe, responsible boating.
For more information on the grants and sponsorships program, please visit boatingbc.ca/cpages/grants-and-sponsorships.