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Grants Program

Every year, BC Soccer awards Grants (limit one per fiscal year per member organization) to help support Strategic Plan initiatives, while fostering alignment between Canada Soccer’s Club Licencing Program and other national initiatives. These $1,000 Development grants provide additional support to organizations while focusing on removing potential barriers to meeting, or exceeding, the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Standards.

For more information or program/activity suggestions for any of the BC Soccer Development Grants, please review the Development Grants Guidelines Document, or contact BC Soccer's Club Engagement Coordinator, Lucas Castro.

Grant Categories

Development grants may assist organizations in creating a more inclusive and welcoming environment for participants in line with Canada Soccer’s Guide to Accessibility & Inclusion. This Development Grant Guidelines document provides further details. To apply for a Development Grant, you can complete this form.

Offering participants of “all abilities” the opportunity to partake in soccer activities. Programs and initiatives include “all abilities”, Soccer in School, and non-traditional soccer including futsal, walking soccer, co-ed soccer and U13+ Small Sided Games. “All Abilities” Programs and activities can include Para, Amputee, Power chair, hearing impaired, adaptive soccer and other program offerings. Canada Soccer’s Long-Term Player Development ‘Players with Disability’ document includes more details.

Promoting inclusion of underrepresented groups into soccer including but not limited to indigenous peoples, low-income families, newcomers to Canada, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (transgender), two-spirited, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+). Canada Soccer’s Guide to Accessibility & Inclusion contains more information.

Programs and initiatives can include development of resources, training, and removal of barriers for participation outlined in Canada Soccer’s Guide to Accessibility & Inclusion. To help organizations identify areas where they can focus their efforts on this topic, we encourage you to use the “Gender Equity Self-Assessment Tool for Sport Clubs and Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations”.

Improve long-term sustainability, enhance governance and risk management practices for organizations and their boards.  Development of tools, resources, role specific education courses and training for board, staff, and volunteers designed to help reduce turnover, boost morale and engagement.

Implementation of Canada Soccer’s Grassroots Standards, including hosting of Grassroots Festivals and Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education Program on-field workshops. This category also includes Memorable Event Development, In-House Coach Development Conferences, BC Soccer Learning Facilitator Nominations, hosting regional Goalkeeper Diplomas, and Referee Education/Registration.