Leaving a Legacy in B.C. Communities
The BC Games have always been more than four days of sport and community celebration. Since their inception in 1978, the Games have created legacies of both human performance and sport investment.
The financial legacy of the BC Games is distributed through two main initiatives: Legacy Funding and the Powering Potential Fund (PPF). These initiatives are a unique catalyst for growth, for enhancing the community spirit, and re-investing in communities which give so much time, energy, and care to host B.C.’s best young athletes, coaches, and officials. Scroll down to learn more.
BC Games Legacy Funding
First implemented in 1989, the BC Games Society financial legacy policy was meant to inspire community involvement while creating financial legacies which would benefit the community for years to come.
The Legacy Fund of each Games consists of budget savings, merchandise sales, and interest gained through the planning cycle. Past BC Games communities have seen legacy investments range from $60,000 to almost $200,000. Investments are made into local sport and recreation organizations and diverse community initiatives.
Once the Games are over and the financial legacy has been determined, the Host Society sets parameters for distribution of the funds and issues a call for applications from local organizations or athletes.
Powering Potential Fund (PPF)
In 2017, the BC Games Society created the Powering Potential Fund as a vehicle to strategically invest in projects that further the development of athletes, teams, sport organizations and communities in B.C.
Funding is distributed prior to the Games and is in addition to the legacy funding distributed by host societies once the Games have concluded. Each project must be ‘owned’ by a community organization such as a PSO, Sport Club or other community-based organization, expected to leave behind a lasting legacy for the community, and must be completed in time for that specific Games.
Provincial Sport Organizations submit operational needs 14-16 months out from a Games and potential projects are reviewed by BC Games Staff and Host Society directors.
Powering Potential Fund Projects
Lhtako Quesnel 2024 BC Winter Games
The BC Winter Games will be headed to the Cariboo Regional District of B.C. from February 22 – 25, 2024 as the Lhtako Dene Nation and the City of Quesnel come together to host the province's top young athletes.
Find out more about how the Powering Potential Fund is contributing to the legacy of the Games in the region.
More Powering Potential Fund Projects
Since 2017, the Powering Potential Fund has supported local projects that contribute to the development of athletes, sport organizations and communities. Learn more about some of the ways that the Fund has made a difference in the province.