Interpreter Grant

BC Deaf Sports Federation receives funding from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development that is used for interpreting services for athletes across the province participating in community sport and recreational programming. This funding is designed to remove a key barrier faced by the Deaf community and create an accessible avenue for sport participation in the province. BCDSF gratefully thanks the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for this support.



Sport-related activity that includes:

  • Instruction given by a coach for a practice
  • Team meetings if part of a team
  • Sport clinics sanctioned by BCDSF, pre-approved clubs or other Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs)
  • Conferences/professional development related to sport
  • Game or competition

Athlete Priority

BCDSF gives priority access to:

  • Athletes under the age of 18
  • Athletes taking a Provincial Sport Organization (PSO), community, recreational, club program
  • Athletes participating in High Performance programs or training
  • Any other sport-related activities

Athlete Responsibilities

  • Athletes need to be a registered member of BCDSF and in good standing in order to apply for interpreter funding.
  • Athlete has provided documentation or demonstrated that they are deaf or hard of hearing and the athlete requires interpreting as a primary form of access accommodation.
  • Athletes should make their requests (BCDSF Interpreter Request Form) for interpreting services at least 30 days before the start of their sports/recreation program.
  • If the request is approved, athletes should provide their interpreter with any relevant information 48 hours in advance.
  • Athletes need to inform their interpreter as soon as possible if there are any possible schedule or location changes (48 hours in advance is required).

How to Apply

Please fill out the Interpreter Request Form available below (as pdf file or complete the online form option) and submit to If you have any questions, please contact DEPEND ON FUNDS AVAILABILITY.