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Change Up Project Update 

December 16, 2020

The Change-Up Project is committed to positively impact the lives of individuals in our local community by enhancing existing facilities into safe spaces to further develop youth skills necessary for baseball and life. On January 31st, 2020 the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation in partnership with The Cape Group awarded the

The Change-Up Project is committed to positively impact the lives of individuals in our local community by enhancing existing facilities into safe spaces to further develop youth skills necessary for baseball and life.

On January 31st, 2020 the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation in partnership with The Cape Group awarded the Change-Up Project grant to two deserving youth baseball organizations – Richmond City Baseball Association and Dunbar Little League.

*UPDATE* The application process for the 2020-21 Change-Up Project cycle is currently closed.

Applications for the Change Up Project 2022 cycle will begin to be accepted in August 2021. (subject to change)

While we understand that many organizations are in need of support, we require that grant applicants meet the following criteria for eligibility:

The Change Up Project increases access for children and youth programs that focus on:

· Self-development of youth increasing the access to the sport of baseball

· Developing life skills of all those that have access to the facility

· Facility upgrades to allow for inclusion of all youth to utilize the space regardless of ability

The Change Up Project proposals may include, but are not limited to:

· The building of new infrastructure benefitting the league and local community

· Improving existing spaces to increase programming capacity, overall usage, safety, accessibility and inclusiveness for all participants

Updates from the 2020 recipients of the Change Up Project grant:

Richmond City Baseball Association

Following receiving the Change-Up Project $50,000 grant, the City of Richmond installed a full natural turf infields at Palmer Secondary School to the three main diamonds. These were previously used for fastball and the turf infields have made them more playable in rain and also give true bounces for safer plays.

In order to have the greatest impact on all age groups that play with RCBA, portable mounds were also purchased allow for the easy field conversions from U11 to U13 distances and are very consistent and require no maintenance compared to clay mounds.