Less grant funding was distributed by the Kamloops Sports Legacy Fund this year, but more local organizations will benefit from the $343,000 awarded to community sports programming.
Overall, 37 organizations will receive funding from the Sports Legacy Fund in 2019. In 2018, a total of $425,000 in grant funding was awarded to 32 organizations.
The biggest contributions went to the PacificSport Interior BC for $80,000, Kamloops KidSport chapter for $30,000 and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) athletic scholarships for $25,000, all of which are multi-year commitments and not subject to the yearly application process. The TRU scholarships are matched by the university.
Of the pool of fall applicants, 33 organizations got funding for equipment, coach and professional development or uniforms. Groups like the Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club received $9,000 to put toward a new boat trailer, while the Kamloops Seniors Table Tennis Activity Club only needed $391 for new equipment.
Other grants included: $8,139 for the Kamloops Curling Club for a new glass washer, $7,000 for the Kamloops Adapted Sports Association for two new wheelchairs and $6,500 for the Kamloops Track and Field Club for a laser distance measure.
The ProHop Basketball Club, Royal Canadian Air Cadets and Team Calhoun curling all received their first grant funding from the Sports Legacy fund this year.
A full summary of the allocations is available online.
The application for next year's funding begins Oct. 1 and closes Nov. 30.