Event Funding

The Government of British Columbia supports sport, arts and culture events through various programs.


  • Hosting BC sport event grants (administered by viaSport) support Canadian championships, world cups and Olympic/Paralympic Games qualifying tournaments ranging from an international wheelchair curling bonspiel in Richmond to a national college soccer championship in Kamloops. Eligible applicants are invited to apply for Hosting BC funding of up to $35,000 depending on the type of event.
  • Major Sport Event Hosting - an application-based program with up to $500,000 annually with grants from $25,000 to $150,000. 
  • Provincial multi-sport games BC Summer Games, BC Winter Games and 55+ BC Games. Successful bids receive hosting grants from the B.C. government. Visit BC Games Society or BC Seniors Games Society (55+ BC Games) for information on the bid process.
  • Marquee events for formal requests of $250,000 or more for multi-sport or high-profile international events such as FIFA Women's World Cup or major multi-sport events like North American Indigenous Games. For inquiries or to submit a funding request email: eventsupport@gov.bc.ca  (For information about Notification for Collection click here.)

Arts and Culture