Provincial athletic programs now have the opportunity to receive a little extra cash.

B.C.’s Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is currently accepting applications to help local sport, municipalities, Aboriginal and community organizations increase sport opportunities for participants of all ages and abilities.

The province’s Local Sport Program Development Fund is providing grants of up to $2,000 for programs with the intention of increasing access to physical activity to B.C. residents.

Such programs can include the establishment of a youth division in a certain sport, a new athletic program that requires new or specialized equipment, coach training or a club that is looking to introduce their sport to local schools.

This year, Fort St. John received a piece of the pie, as the New Totem Archery Club received a grant of $2,000.

Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural development, spoke of the benefits these grants provide, saying “it is so important to the long-term health of B.C. families that they get access to sport opportunities in their own communities. These organizations play an important role in introducing our residents to the benefits of sport, and ensuring that it occurs in a safe and welcoming environment.”

Since 2008, $251,728 from the Local Sport Program Development Fund has been distributed to 69 B.C. communities, benefiting over 8,500 provincial residents involved in sport.

For more information on the Local Sport Program Development Fund, please visit the program’s official website.