VICTORIA – Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Bob D’Eith welcomes six community gaming grants for not-for-profit organizations in Maple Ridge and Mission worth $283,500.
“These organizations do exceptional work to help people and protect the environment in our community. People count on these organizations in times of need, and I’m so pleased our government is supporting their work,” said D’Eith. “Congratulations to these deserving recipients and thank you for your work to strengthen our community!”
This funding is part of the $140 million that the Community Gaming Grants program provides annually to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations across B.C.
In Maple Ridge, the Friends in Need Food Bank Society ($21,000), the Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue Society ($78,500), the Alouette River Management Society ($52,000) and the Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society – KEEPS ($15,000) all received grants.
“This grant allows us to offer our environmental Education and Outreach programs, and operate the River Heritage Centre from where we offer interpretive tours and other workshops,” said Greta Borick-Cunningham, Executive Director of the Alouette River Management Society. “Without the Community Gaming grant it would be very difficult for ARMS to carry out its mission to protect and improve the Alouette Watershed.”
“The grant money is a really big help in our core areas of mountain rescue and our training equipment needs, which will help us serve the needs of the community in search and rescue,” said Bryan Moffat, First Deputy, Maple Ridge Search and Rescue. “We are very thankful for the grants.”
In Mission, organizations who received grants include the Mission Hospice Society ($72,000), and the Dogway Dog Rescue Society ($45,000).
“The Community Gaming Grant helps fund the bereavement support services in our community, and palliative care support services,” said Angel Elias, Executive Director of the Mission Hospice Society. “Without this grant, we wouldn’t be able to provide quality end of life care services in our community.”
To apply for a B.C. community gaming grant, visit: http://www.gov.bc.ca/gaminggrants
- Every year, gaming revenues generate hundreds of millions of dollars that Government invests in key services, including healthcare and education, for people and communities throughout the province.
- Eligible organizations can apply for gaming grant funding in one of the following six sectors: arts and culture; sport; environment; public safety; human and social services; and parent advisory councils/district parent advisory councils.
- The next intake for the public safety and environment sectors opens July 1, 2018.
- Please visit http://www.gov.bc.ca/gaminggrants for more information.