Erin Berry, a gifted student and bridge player, was tragically killed in a car accident on January 30, 1998, three days before her 17th birthday. In memory of Erin, her father, Larry Berry, set up the Erin Berry Memorial Trust Fund in 2001, with an initial deposit of $80,000.
The Fund is administered by the Canadian Bridge Federation for the purpose of helping CBF junior members, up to 19 years of age, with expenses incurred to attend bridge events. Qualified individuals receive a subsidy of up to 75% of their expected expenses for the bridge activity. For a history of the Erin Berry Memorial Fund grants please click here.
The Fund Trustees are the CBF President and Vice-President as well as the CBF Executive Secretary/Treasurer. To ensure that the fund remains in place for several years, the Fund’s interest income and up to 5% of the principle are available for disbursement each year.
APPLYING FOR A GRANT
To apply for a grant from the Erin Berry Memorial Fund, an application for funding must be submitted to the CBF Executive Secretary/Treasurer prior to the Trustees’ meetings which are usually held in May of each year.
The application must include the following:
Candidates Name, address and ACBL number.
Candidates Birth date and a copy of their birth certificate.
Description of the event they wish subsidy for – with particulars on dates, cost, etc.
Budget of their expenses for this event.
Some of the events that might qualify for funding are:
Canadian Junior Trials
Canadian Bridge Championships
World Youth Open Bridge Championships
World Youth Team Championships
FISU World University Bridge Championships