Grants & Funding

Sport and Athlete Support
Tournament Capital Grant

Only amateur sports organizations/individuals are eligible. Events must utilize services/facilities within the City of Kamloops. For two championships held for the same sport on the same date (i.e. boys & girls tournaments), then that event is eligible for one grant only.

The maximum amount allocated provided funds are available, will be:

  • Provincial Tournament (participants from BC) - $500
  • Western Canadian Tournament (participants from BC, AB, SK & MB) - $1,000
  • National Tournament (participants from Canada) - $1,500
  • Invitational Tournament (participants from out of town) - $1500 

Please Note: If applying for a Provincial, Western Canadian, or National grant, the application must include a letter, on letterhead, from the governing sport body confirming the event as a bona-fide championship. If no documentation is provided, an Invitational Tournament Capital Grant will be issued.

Tournament Capital Grants will be approved by the Tournament Capital Grant Committee. Grants will be reviewed and approved for payment on a quarterly basis. Applicants should apply within three months of event date. Any additional information which you feel will assist the Tournament Capital Grant Committee may be attached.

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KidSport Kamloops Grant

KidSport provides families with children aged of 5-18 years with financial assistance to participate in sports in Kamloops. 

KidSport Funds will be utilized for uniforms, gear/equipment required for sport, and registration fees. For example: baseball leagues, gymnastic clubs, track and field clubs, hockey and swim clubs. Annual grants range up to $500, depending on the nature of the application. Award maximums are per child per year.

Applications are reviewed monthly (dates not always the same) so please submit 4 - 6 weeks in advance to allow time for processing.

To ensure your application can be properly reviewed, please include all required documentation as indicated at bottom of the form.

Visit the KidsSport website for more information. All questions should be directed by email to the KidSport Kamloops Committee.

BC Summer Games Sport Development Fund

The BC Summer Games Sport Development Grant is available to local coaches, officials, and sport organizations interested in furthering their knowledge in their respective areas.  

Examples may include: 

  • a Level III coach pursuing Level IV certification
  • an Umpire taking training to learn to instruct other Umpires
  • a sport organization presenting a high-profile "Keynote Speaker" that might be of value to numerous individuals

This fund is a legacy of the 2006 BC Summer Games as a result of a $100,000 budget surplus from staging the games. The interest earned on the balance will provide the annual grant and will grow each subsequent year, "giving back" to the sport leaders in our community for years to come. Reviews are held quarterly.

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Winter Games Legacy Fund

Winter Games Legacy Fund Grants are to cover circumstances where a person or group advances beyond local competition, or is recruited to a provincial or nationally ranked team.  

Grants will be reviewed and paid on a quarterly basis. Maximum of ONE grant per calendar year. Qualifying events, if applicable, must have taken place within the previous three months. Applicants/organizations must be a resident in Kamloops. The maximum amount allocated, provided funds are available, will be $150 for individuals and $300 for groups. If funds are limited, priority may be given to youth applicants. 

Please provide the following information: 

  • Proof of qualification to advanced level of competition
  • Completed application form
  • Detailed statement of income and expenses (proposed or actual) for attending this event (on attached form)

Note: Granting is subject to availability of funds from the Winter Games Legacy Fund Grant as provided in the City of Kamloops Annual Budget.

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Community Support
Social Planning Grants

Social Planning Grants are allocated once a year. There is approximately $45,000 in funds available, $10,000 of which is specifically designated to seniors initiatives. The number of applications received each year from non-profit agencies or societies range from 15 to 25 applications. The Social Planning Council reviews these applications and makes recommendations to City Council. City Council makes the final decision on allocation of funds. A submission of an application does not guarantee funding support.

Social Planning Grant Guidebook

This guidebook is designed to assist organizations applying for a City of Kamloops Social Planning Grant. Please review this information carefully as the evaluation of your application depends on your attention to detail in the application and ensuring that all questions are answered completely.

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Social Enterprise Accelerator

Purppl Community Enterprise Accelerator CCC Inc. (Purppl) is a social enterprise accelerator (SEA) that provides structured mentorship, training, and tools to help implement and scale entrepreneurial revenue models. The acceleration program is for social entrepreneurs who need support to grow and scale sustainable business models to help solve tough community, social, and environmental challenges. This 12-month program provides lean start-up tools, operational accountability, and ongoing strategic mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs. Purppl also facilitates events to help build an ecosystem of support for social entrepreneurs.

The City and Purppl are working together to pilot the SEA Grant program, which provides mentorship, training, and capacity building for social entrepreneurs in Kamloops.

The SEA Program is for agencies or societies with some measurable traction or progress on an existing social enterprise that are seeking mentorship and coaching. In order to apply, please provide a two-page story (1,000 words) on how your organization meets the criteria, and be prepared to be invited to “pitch” your idea to the panel for consideration.

This is a one-time grant for up to three organizations to receive 12 months of mentorship from Purppl and 24 additional months of funding to help those agencies implement what they have learned.

Value: $15,000 per year for three years per recipient ($45,000 total per recipient)

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City of Kamloops & FortisBC Block Party Funding

The City of Kamloops and FortisBC have teamed up to bring block parties to Kamloops. Block parties are a great way to get to know your neighbourhood and neighbours better.

Block party funding is available to any Kamloops resident who wants to organize a block party. The funding is applied for through the City of Kamloops Matching Funds Program. Successful applicants could get up $1,860 to cover costs for food, music, and entertainment. There are only four grants available, and they will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants are required to complete the two forms below to be considered.

The 2018 block party funding grants have been awarded to four applicants for the 2018 season.  Applications are now closed.

FortisBC and the City of Kamloops are funding these block parties to help neighbourhood associations and community members to build community by bringing people together. FortisBC has rebates to help customers save energy and costs, and representatives will be at events to talk about the programs available, such as rebates for energy‑efficient home renovations.

Arts and Culture Support
BC Festival of the Arts Legacy Fund

The City of Kamloops aims to provide financial assistance to Kamloops individuals or groups for development, presentation, or competition in the various fields of the visual, performing, literary, media, and interdisciplinary arts.


Grant applications should fall under one of the following categories: 

  1. Personal Development: To help further the artistic development of an individual or single organization. 
  2. Community Development: To support community artistic development through initiatives such as workshops, master classes, and seminars. 
  3. Travel Assistance: To provide travel assistance to individuals attending or participating in important cultural events outside of the Kamloops region.


Grants from the BC Festival of the Arts Legacy Fund range up to a maximum of $600, subject to availability of funds. Groups may receive only one grant per calendar year. Individuals are not eligible for funding in consecutive years.

In order to be eligible, each applicant must submit a completed application form and be accompanied by: 

  1. A description of the project, event, or workshop and how it will benefit the community of Kamloops (maximum three pages)
  2. A resume or short biography on you or the organization of activities and experience in your given art form
  3. A statement of revenue and expenses
  4. Two reference letters from individuals from within his/her respective art field who could comment, if asked, on the applicant and/or project

The amount of the grant will not exceed one-third of the project's total cost, up to a $600 maximum. If your grant application is successful, upon completion of your project (within six weeks) you will be required to provide the City of Kamloops with a written evaluation of the project. It is important that you relate outcomes to initial objectives and final budget. If you do not submit this evaluation, it could impact future applications.


Applications will be reviewed twice a year by the Kamloops Art Commission. Deadlines for applications are: 

  1. January 15
  2. May 15
  3. September 15

Send completed application forms to: 

Arts Commission 
c/o 7 Victoria Street West 
Kamloops BC V2C 1A2 
Attention: Arts, Culture, and Heritage Division 

Applicants will be notified by mail approximately six weeks after application deadline.

NOTE: Your application will be evaluated by the Arts Commission. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated and will be returned to the applicant.

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Community Art Grant

This grant is available for projects which will promote development and awareness of the arts in our community. We recognize that a fully rounded cultural community seeks the involvement of artists at all levels: amateur, emergent, and professional. We feel it's important that artists be active members of their community and that their creative activities function as a catalyst for greater community involvement. 


Any non-profit organization may apply for these funds. Non-profit organizations whose regular activities do not normally include artistic production are encouraged to collaborate with artists or arts organizations. Operational funding will not be provided through this program.


  • The organization applying for funds must provide one-third of the project funding from other sources.
  • Applicants may apply for funds up to $10,000. Realistic budgets must be presented.
  • Funds may be allocated to successful projects at varying stages of completion, e.g.:
    • one-third upon starting the project
    • one-third upon substantial completion
    • one-third upon completion
  • The City of Kamloops reserves the right to withhold or withdraw funding from projects that are not seen to be fulfilling the application mandate.

Application Requirements

Please note: Your application will be reviewed by the Arts Commission. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated and will be returned to the applicant.

  • A one or two page description of the proposed project, including:
    • names of participants to be involved
    • time lines for successful completion
    • details of how your project will impact the community
  • Some background information on the individual/organization making the application and Certificate of Incorporation.
  • An itemized budget giving details of all aspects.
  • Portfolio: support materials such as slides, photographs, sketches, audiotapes, videotapes, catalogues, and reviews. This material should provide a visual presentation of the proposed project and/or previous works as appropriate. This should be accompanied by an outline of the portfolio's contents.
  • Letters from two references familiar with the intent of the project and the ability of the applicant(s) to carry the project to completion.


Applications must be received on or before 4:00 pm on April 6, 2018.

Evaluation Procedure

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of individuals active in the local arts community. Project applications will be assessed in the following areas:

  • the artistic merit of the project
  • the expressed benefit of the project to the promotion of arts and arts awareness within the community
  • the ability of the applicant to see the project to completion
  • the collaboration between artists and organizations not usually involved in artistic production
  • samples of previous work produced by the artists - slides, photographs, tapes, film, videos, etc.
  • the abilities of the applicant(s) to carry out the project within budget

Any necessary approvals/licences (e.g., use of a public space) are the responsibility of the applicant. Evidence of approval for permits/licences should be included in the application.

All applicants will be notified in writing of the results. 

Reporting Procedure

In cases where the City allocates significant funds, a "Schedule of Payment and Reporting" may be negotiated with the recipient. The City may request additional information to assist in its deliberations, which might include:

  • Development Plan
  • Revised Budgets

If your grant application is successful, you will be required to provide the City of Kamloops with a written evaluation of the project with 90 days of the completion of your project. It is important that you relate outcomes to initial objectives and final budget. Failure to submit a final report may impact subsequent applications.

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If you wish to submit a physical application instead of completing the online form, please type or print in black ink and send your completed application to:

Arts Commission
c/o 7 Victoria Street West
Kamloops, BC V2C 1A2
Attention: Recreation, Social Development, and Culture Division

Boogie the Bridge Cultural Fund

Principally established to help support, develop and nurture creative growth for youth by offering funds to help cover the cost of programs, events or workshops. This fund is intended to facilitate cultural growth of children and youth between the ages 5 to 18 years who are in financial need. Funds will be awarded based on needs and merit, annual awards up to $250 per child.

Applications are available at a number of community agencies, including the Kamloops Museum and Archives located at 207 Seymour Street.

Boogie the Bridge Cultural Fund was made possible by community support in participating in the annual event of Boogie the Bridge.

Application Deadlines: March 15, August 14, and December 15

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