Bytown Rugby Foundation

The Bytown Rugby Foundation has three funds described below. For more information visit their website at

Donations can be made online using the form below and selecting the appropriate fund from the drop down list.

Bytown Eastern Ontario Fund: Donations to the Eastern Ontario Fund will provide financial support to a current student (high school or lower grades) registering with any rugby club in Eastern Ontario.

The Fund will also provide support for current club players playing with any club in Eastern Ontario who are participating on a representative rugby team (U19 and lower).

Bytown Blues Fund: Donations to the Bytown Blues Fund will provide financial support to a current student (high school or lower grades) registering to play rugby club for the Bytown Blues RFC.

The Fund will also provide support for current club players playing with any club in Eastern Ontario who are participating on a representative rugby team (U19 and lower).

Bytown George Fortier Scholarship: Donations to the George Fortier Scholarship will support the Foundation with providing a scholarship to a deserving student who has been involved with their high school rugby program and who plans to continue their education after high school

Brantford Harlequins RFC Charitable Fund


The Brantford Harlequins RFC Charitable Fund is comprised of 2 components, the Endowment Fund and the Capital Projects Accumulation Fund. 50% of each and every donation will be allocated to these two components.

Brantford Harlequins RFC will appoint 2 named “Foundation Representatives”.  These representatives will hold the position of Foundation Representative for a maximum four years in total in any consecutive six year period.  The positions will be renewed bi-annually at the AGM of Brantford Harlequins RFC.  The Foundation Representatives will be responsible for liaising with the Canadian Rugby Foundation and encouraging donations to the fund from all avenues available as well as distributing funds to the club.

The Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund will accumulate permanent capital.   This capital will generate interest that will be paid to the club each year for the expenses outlined below.  The Brantford Harlequins RFC Foundation Representatives require that all payments be approved prior to the expense being incurred by the recipient.   All approvals will be at the discretion of the Foundation Representatives and an Endowment Fund “Request For Funds” application must be completed by the recipient.

Annual guidelines for amounts and eligibility for receiving these funds will be published each January/February when it is known how much is available to be paid from The Endowment Fund.  The Foundation Representatives will be responsible for formulating and publishing these guidelines each year.

1)      Brantford Harlequins coach development and/or compensation

2)      Brantford Harlequins member/player/coach support for Elite programs outside of the Brantford Harlequins RFC club program

3)      Brantford Harlequins members who are referees are eligible for educational and development support as well as expenses related to refereeing at out of province Elite level events

The Capital Projects Accumulation Fund (CPAF)

The CPAF will accumulate capital that can be drawn upon to fund Brantford Harlequins RFC Executive Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee (Futures Committee) approved capital projects for the improvement of and expansion to the Brantford Harlequins RFC facilities.  This includes but is not limited to the acquisition of real property.   In order to be eligible for funds from the CPAF a project must have a cost of more than $20,000.00.   This fund is not to be accessed for repairs and maintenance.


Monty Heald National Women’s Fund

Monty Heald National Women’s Fund

The Monty Heald National Women’s Fund offers all of us an opportunity to donate money that will go directly to the Senior Women’s National XV Team program as it prepares for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, and to eliminate the current pay-for-play program that is required to support this team.   In addition, for this fund, your donation will be matched so your contribution will be instantly doubled.

For over a decade, every woman vying for a place on Rugby Canada’s Senior Women’s National squad has been required to contribute funds on an event by event basis under a pay-for-play financial model.  Every National Team player representing Canada makes personal sacrifices such as putting education or careers on hold, taking leave from a job, often without pay.  However, it is only the National Senior Women’s XV and the age group teams that are assessed participation fees.  Depending on the number of activities in any World Cup Cycle, participation fees for the Senior Women’s XV have often totaled over $7,000 for a single player.  While Rugby Canada and its members have identified the elimination of the pay-to-play model for this program as a priority for player preparation and participation in the 2017 World Cup, there remains a two year gap where there will be a financial shortfall.

The Canadian’s silver medal win at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup provides inspiration to thousands of rugby players across the country aspiring to represent Canada, their province or their club on the rugby pitch.  Motivated by a continuing reliance on a pay-for-play model, a group of donors and organizers are coming together to establish the Monty Heald National Women’s Fund.  The Fund has adopted the ambitious target of eliminating the pay-for-play model in the lead up to the 2017 WRWC.

To do so, the fund aspires to raise in excess of $400,000 before the end of 2016. As of January 15, 2016, the Fund had reached nearly $180,000 and was kicked off with an anonymous donation of $50,000. This donor offers further inspiration having made a commitment to match all future donations up to $175,000! So, your donation will be double the moment you donate.

Please join us in supporting the talented and dedicated young women whose ambitions are only to bring home the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017.  Your contributions will mean they can focus on their skills and preparation.  Your participation will mean that you will be part of the team that got them there.

More about Monty Heald
More about the Monty Heald National Women’s Fund objectives and administration


Thunder Aboriginal Youth Rugby Program

A fund specifically for the Thunder Aboriginal Youth Rugby Program has been setup, the donation form is attached below.

Program Desciption

ThunderThe Thunder continue to soar, promoting the great game of 7’s rugby to Aboriginal communities in Canada.  The Thunder focus on Sevens Rugby, an exciting version of rugby, and is now recognized as an Olympic Sport.

The response to our program from the Aboriginal and rugby community has been fantastic.  Our social media Facebook page has become the mecca of all things First Nations rugby!

Goals: The Thunder aims to offer a structured vehicle to promote the game of rugby to Aboriginal communities and to identify potential high performance Aboriginal athletes that could one day represent Canada.

Our Team

Manager: John Lyall of Kwakwaka’wakw descent, currently VP in SD 62, President of VIRU Rugby

Head Coach: Phil Mack of Toquaht Nation, Canada International rugby player with over 40 international appearances in 7s rugby for Canada and 15 international appearances in XVs rugby

Assistant Coach: Crosby Stewart of Nis’gaa – Gits’xan Nations, UVIc Vike & BC Bear player

Communications / Manager: Mark Bryant editor of BC Rugby News, President on NVIRU rugby

 Where to now

  • Create a Thunder Rugby Foundation under umbrella of Canadian Rugby Foundation
  • Develop a full-time Thunder Rugby Development officer position
  • Maintain our relationship with Shawnigan Lake School (three day camp)
  • Expand our participation in youth 7s tournaments
  • Maintain our relationships with rugby unions such as Vancouver Island, British Columbia and Canada.
  • Maintain our programs from of U16 and U18 boys and girls.  Explore U14 programs
  • Focus our Aboriginal recruitment – how do we attract Aboriginal athletes new to rugby to our program
  • Expand our coaching staff and facilitate our coach’s development.

2016 Calendar (keep an eye on webpage and social media for updates)

  • February 19: Thunder photo shoot with new X-Treme uniforms, Westhills stadium
  • May 8: Annual Thunder fundraiser, Westshore Rugby Club
  • May 29: U18 boys and girls @ Langford 7s, Westhills stadium
  • June 18: U18 boys and girls @ Vancouver 7s
  • July 5-7: Shawnigan Lake School camp
  • July 8-9: U16 – U18 boys and girls @ Victoria International 7s, UVic
  • September 10-11: U18 boys and girls @ North Shore 7s, Klahanie

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