Two Richmond sports organizations will benefit from a share of the $11 million in pandemic relief funding distributed by the B.C. government.
In a release on Tuesday, the provincial government said the Amateur Sport League Fund will provide a total of $11 million in one-time grants to B.C. non-profit and for-profit amateur leagues, to help them recover from the financial losses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Richmond, Badminton BC and Richmond Devils Hockey Club both received a share of the funding. Individual funding amounts were not released.
“These top-level athletes have dedicated their entire lives to become the best of the best, and like all British Columbians, they’ve sacrificed so much during the pandemic,” said Tourism Minister Melanie Mark, in a statement.
“These grants will provide vital support to B.C.-based organizations so these athletes can continue to reach for the stars.”
The Amateur Sport League Fund will be administered by viaSport on behalf of the provincial government where a total of 72 B.C. organizations will benefit from the fund.
The 72 teams had to demonstrate they had at least a 30 per cent revenue loss since March 2020 due to the pandemic.
The money will go towards operational costs such as salaries, administrative costs, rent or mortgage, storage costs or utilities, insurance and essential equipment.
A full list of the fund’s recipients can be found here.