The President of The Vernon and District Funtastic Sports Society, Diana Williamson announces, on behalf of the grant committee, with Robert Murphy as lead, Brad Steel and Angie Clowrie as directors of Funtastic and our media partner Betty Selin, the recipients of our continuing community grant program for 2017.
Our mission is “Building a Better Community through Sport,” and we the Funtastic Sports Society proudly
invited qualifying community groups to submit applications, they did and we received upwards of 16
Applications with total requests of more than $80 thousand dollars in funding!
This year marks the 33rd year that Funtastic has contributed back to the community through its donations
and grant program, since 1985 our donations have totalled more than $1.7M.
The purpose of the Funtastic Community Investment Grant is to provide financial support to non-profit sport,
recreation, and community organizations of a sport nature serving the Greater Vernon region. Successful
applicants will benefit from the Community Grant program with an emphasis on projects that will continue to
support the growth of sport and recreation in the region. Funtastic is proud to be able to support local sports
organizations through grants that cover such things as equipment and capital costs for sports related
Last year, in 2016, the Funtastic Community Investment Grant program distributed $30,000 to 14 recipients
in summer and winter sports encompassing sports field development, equipment purchases, sports programs
and physically challenged support program development.
Of course, our Funtastic slo-pitch tournament and music festival showcase our community’s volunteer spirit.
We highlight Vernon’s exceptional weather, recreation areas, sports fields, and top notch accommodations.
This encourages participants to return each year to the benefit of local businesses. It is the #1 economic
driver of the North Okanagan for the summer months and Canada’s largest Slow Pitch/music festival. The
2017 Funtastic Event is from June 30 h to July 3rd. With the music festival running evenings of Friday June 30,
Sat July 1, and Sunday July 2.
We will be announcing our music line up later this week!! So stay tuned!! Funtastic, in it’s 33rd year is
bringing things back to the players and the music…”You asked for it…you got it!!” We are so excited for the
2017 event and to ring in our 33rd year with our slow pitch “A division” being a cash payout for ball, and tons
of amazing local music to really amp up that music festival aspect of the event, free access to the event
during the day with daily music and nightly headliner acts that start after 4pm!!!
2017 funds go to:
Vernon Track and Field $5000 Track equipment
Vernon Speed Skating $3500 Safety Equipment
Vernon Ski Club $5000 Equipment
North Okanagan Cycling $5000 Towards a New Track build
Vernon Kokanee Swim Club $1600 New Swim Flags