By Jocelyn Adams

HCBC Core Funding 2019

Core funds are provincial funds targeted for events or projects that support sport growth and development. An approved event or project will be open to all qualified participants in your area, not just your club members. The event or project must support the goals of HCBC for developing sport within the province. Clubs are expected to charge participants reasonable registration fees. Money will be released only after a financial report, receipts, and an event summary are received by HCBC.

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Who Can Apply?

Funding is available to regions, clubs, branches, and affiliates who are members in good standing of HCBC.

Each Club or branch may only submit one application per year.

Clubs, branches, or affiliates should be members for at least 12 months prior to applying, however, applications from new groups may be considered.

When To Apply?

Applications for funding must be received in our office by April 1, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered.

What Types of Projects Qualify?

The grant is open to all types of projects including provincial championships*, national or FEI competitions, equipment purchase, facility upgrades, or special events.

*Note: The only competitions that will be considered for Core Grants are championships of provincial level or higher or FEI levels.

What Types of Projects Do Not Qualify?

Core grants are not open to “trail” projects. These projects should apply for a HCBC BC Equestrian Trail Grant.

Clinics and other educational events will not be considered for Core funding as they are eligible for Participation, Education and Region grants.

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Things to Keep in Mind When Applying 

  • Funds should be requested only if essential to the project completion. 
  • If your association has access to gaming funds, you are not eligible for any form of funding through HCBC without disclosure. 
  • Approval may not be given for the entire amount applied for.
  • Projects must be completed within the current calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31). 
  • The event or project must support the goals of HCBC for developing sport within the province. 
  • Upgrades must be on public property (e.g., city or municipal property, or owned by the applying group) and the applicant must have a long-term lease from the property owner (please include a copy of the relevant pages of the lease with your application).

If you need further information, please contact the finance department at the HCBC office ( or 1-800-345-8055 ext 1007).

How To Apply

  • The applicant must show via the budget sheet that it has contributed financially to the project and participants are charged reasonable registration fees for applicable events.
  • Applications must be accompanied by supporting documents such as quotes for equipment purchase or facility upgrades, budget for events, and letters of support from property owners for facility upgrades. 
  • Long-term lease or use agreements must be in place.
  • A FULL description of the project is required on the application, including an explanation of who will benefit, the anticipated results of the project, and a detailed budget with quotes to substantiate expenses.
  • Grants are intended only for those projects unable to operate on a cost recovery basis.

Fill out the application and send it, along with supporting documents, to the finance department of HCBC by:


Fax: 604-856-4302

Mail: Horse Council BC Finance Department, 27336 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC, V4W 3N5. 

Forms and additional information are available on the Horse Council BC website.

Main photo courtesy of HCBC.



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