WILLIAMS LAKE – Five organizations in Williams Lake and surrounding area have received $137,750 so far this year in B.C. Government gaming grants in the human and social services sector as well as a local Parent Advisory Council announced Cariboo-Chilcotin 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 the Williams Lake area receiving grants include:

  • 100 Mile House Food Bank Society                                                         $80,000
  • Contact Women’s Group Society                                                             $33,000
  • Lions Club of Williams Lake                                                                         $12,750
  • Canadian Royal Purple #126                                                                       $5,000
  • GROW Parent Advisory Council                                                                $3,900
  • Marie Sharpe Elementary PAC                                                                 $3,100

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:

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett

“In our neck of the woods, having a sense of community is important to us. By serving some of our region’s most vulnerable, these organizations are helping families and making the Cariboo area a better more inclusive place to live.”

For more information:

Full application information for community gaming grants is available online at: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaming-grants