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Canada Soccer announces the “Free Kicks Grants”

Following the success of Canada Soccer’s recently hosted IDEA Day in December 2023, which focused on new to Canada participants (and LGBTQ+ Inclusion), Canada Soccer, thanks to funding from Sport Canada, is pleased to share a new grant opportunity for community soccer Clubs across Canada.

The Free Kicks Grant program aims to reduce barriers for all new Canadian participants and promote inclusion in organized soccer through club-hosted Free Kicks - Try it Events.

The grant application window opens on Wednesday, January 24th, 2024. Grant funds can be used to host a Try It Event, designed to welcome more new to Canada participants, and/or celebrate inclusion within an organization.

Canada Soccer will select 100 Clubs from across Canada to participate in this exciting initiative, with each organization receiving $1000.00 of funding.

The dates below reflect the overall grant timelines:

  • Applications open on Wednesday, January 24th, 2024
  • Applications close on February 14th, 2024
  • Recipients are notified by February 21st, 2024
  • Organizations host Free Kicks – Try It Events - March 1st – May 31st, 2024

Before applying, please click here to carefully review the FAQs to ensure your organization is eligible.

To start the grant application process, please click here.

For inquiries or additional information, please reach out to Sara McConaghy, Director of Community and Fund Development at Canada Soccer.

BC Soccer Association

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.