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2016 BC Winter Games Legacy Fund announcement

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October 14, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Organizers of the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games are now accepting letters of intent for those interested in receiving up to $60,000 for Legacy Fund Projects.

“After hosting a great Games in February, we are so excited to announce we have just over $60,000 that will be disbursed to non-profit organizations. The Legacy Fund will ensure the spirit of the Games will continue to live in Penticton for a long time,” said Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games President Bill Bidlake.

Almost 1,800 athletes, coaches and officials along with thousands of spectators converged on Games venues to participate in 17 different sports. The Games were one of the most compact delivered thanks to the incredible sport facilities that Penticton has.

One of the many benefits the Games had is an estimated $1.8 million economic impact on Penticton and area. There is also a living legacy left in the community with the thousands of volunteers who increased their skill development and the financial legacy for hosting the multi-sport event.

As part of the legacy from hosting the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games, funds are available to inject back into the community through non-profit sport, cultural or community organizations. Funds may be distributed solely or divided among several sport areas. Priority is given to provincial sports and introduction of new sports.

The evaluating committee will give consideration to the following criteria:

- Funds for children under 16
- Special needs athletes and opportunity to remove barriers and increase accessibility
- Winter Games Sports — Provincial Sport Organizations and not-for-profit
- Capacity for success that leverages community in-kind or has additional funding
- Shows community impact or need, and can identify potential growth
- Sustainability, permanence and visibility in the community
- Project must be completed within allotted timeframe of two years

The funding process will be completed in three phases. First, non-profit organizations must send in a letter of intent demonstrating how they fit the above criteria and how they will use the funds they are requesting. Second, a committee will go through those letters, narrowing the field down and forwarding a formal application. Third, the committee will choose appropriate projects from those applications.

The deadline to send letters of intent to Committees@penticton.ca is Oct. 28 at noon. Letters of intent should not be more than two pages. Only organizations that are shortlisted will be contacted to complete an application form.

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