I encourage you to follow our social media channels to learn more about the ATVBC affiliated club events and activities and find a way to join in on an activity during your travels this summer.
Along with rides and activities, many of our clubs are busy preparing to do maintenance and new construction on various projects with the help of the ATVBC grant funding program. This year we were able to fund over $26,000 to 10 clubs with projects around the province. What was most impressive is the total value of the 10 projects including volunteer contributions, and other funders, reaching over $245,000 in work completed by our clubs. TRULY AMAZING!!
In addition to the ATVBC grants, we are also actively participating with the BC Power Sports Coalition to adjudicate the ORV Grant fund applications and we are very excited to see a big increase in the number of ATV club applications this year. We are happy to report we were able to recommend for funding for all qualified applications for ATV clubs that were received. While some applications did not qualify for various reasons, we will be reaching out to those clubs to assist in providing guidance and feedback to help increase their success for future funding opportunities.
If you haven’t heard already, there is a new grant funder on the block! The ORCBC recently announced a new endowment fund from the province in the amount of $10 million dollars. This is very exciting news and there is still a lot of work to be done to see how this fund will be distributed and how to qualify. ATVBC will be monitoring this new fund on behalf of our members and passing along further details as it comes available!
Our advocacy work continues to build as our clubs grow and their needs for a voice between them and government evolve. Changes amongst the Rec Sites and Trails (RSTBC) internal staff structure has brought more capacity in some areas of the province for them and left openings in others, which have caused some concerns for clubs with partnership agreements or projects in place. If this is the case in your club, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to assist in getting clarity on your projects and answers to your concerns. We are here for you and here to help you navigate the process of working with government.