WILLIAMS LAKE– Seven organizations in the Williams Lake area have received $343, 030 in B.C. Government gaming grants in the human and social services sector announced local MLA Donna Barnett.

Funding provided to organizations in this latest round of gaming grants supports programs that significantly contribute to the quality of life in the community, including assisting the disadvantaged or distressed, promoting health or enhancing opportunities for youth.

Organizations in Williams Lake receiving grants include:

  • Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre                                                                     $88,030
  • Big Brothers and Sisters of Williams Lake                                                                          $79,000
  • Williams Lake           Hospice Society                                                                                  $60,000
  • Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District                                                              $50,000
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (Cariboo Chilcotin Branch)                                      $49,000
  • Knights of Columbus                                                                                                            $15,000
  • Cariboo Memorial Hospital Auxiliary                                                                                 $2,000

 

Why this matters:

  • Community gaming grants in the human and social services sector benefit food banks, hospice societies, community services, service clubs, counselling programs and organizations that assist people coping with challenging life situations, including addictions, serious injuries or disabilities.
  • Every year the Province approves approximately $135 million in community gaming grants for not-for-profit organizations, with the human and social services sector receiving the largest share of this annual funding.
  • Over 5,000 local not-for-profit organizations representing virtually every community in British Columbia benefit from this funding every year. These organizations provide invaluable services in their communities.
  • Eligible organizations applying for gaming grant funding are distributed across six sectors including: arts and culture; sport; environment; public safety; human and social services; parent and district parent advisory councils.

Quote:

Donna Barnett, Cariboo-Chilcoltin MLA

“We owe a great deal of gratitude to all of the service organizations in Williams Lake. Volunteers sacrifice a great deal of their time and energy helping others and the money from these grants goes to support their invaluable work.”