housefinch 166x268 tallThe PIPRC purchases recreational services annually from individuals and groups that provide recreational opportunities to the community. A Recreation Needs Assessment (PDF) was completed in 2008 to better understand the recreation needs of the Pender community by soliciting feedback from individuals and local groups. The PIPRC will use this information for future recreation planning, funding requests, and for enhancing recreation opportunities.

Recreation Funding

The Pender Island Parks and Recreation application deadline for 2017-2018 Recreation Funding is August 31, 2017.

You may also pick up a form from the PIPRC folder found in the community service box at Pender Island Realty, or by contacting PIPRC by email.

Recreation funds are provided by the CRD to local Parks and Recreation Commissions for dispersal. The Pender Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PIPRC) receives and distributes about $50,000 annually to various organisations on the Islands. It is an intensive job and the PIPRC does its best to be responsive to our community needs while adhering to the guidelines provided by the CRD.


The criteria provided by the CRD are as follows:

  • Funding is available to organizations and individuals providing recreation programs for Pender Island residents.
  • Priority will be given to health improving, physical activity programs.
  • Activities should be participatory, have good value, be broad in appeal, and be inclusive of our community members.
  • Funding will be focused on providing benefit to as large and diverse a group of islanders as possible, from the youngest to the most senior and between. Programs must be open to the entire community.
  • Programs should help remove barriers to recreation which in turn helps to reduce isolation and improve physical, emotional and mental health.

Recreation funds are not available for capital projects (where the asset location cannot be changed, such as a building) or for the arts (such as concerts, art shows, exhibitions, etc.). They are available for movable equipment, rentals, supplies, and instruction fees.

The PIPRC is fully accountable for the funds we are entrusted with. The application process requires information on how the candidates plan to use any funds provided. For applicants who have previously been awarded grants, the PIPRC also requires information on how funds were spent. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection of a request.

If you have any questions or need clarification of the information, please contact us. The PIPRC aims to ensure the best and fairest dispersal of funds.

Arts Funding

Groups that require funding for Arts and Cultural programs can approach the BC Arts Council.

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