Neighborhood gaming grants enhance companies, assist not-for-profits

Folks all through the province will profit from upgrades to not-for-profit companies and packages with further funding from B.C.’s Neighborhood Gaming Grants program.

“Not-for-profit organizations are on the coronary heart of fostering wholesome, linked and secure communities in B.C.,” stated Nathan Cullen, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “This $3.8 million in further funding will assist organizations purchase tools and make renovations to brighten our communities and provides individuals safer, improved entry to key companies and packages.”

With this ultimate spherical of 2021-22 funding, the Neighborhood Gaming Grants capital initiatives program will present $3.8 million to 51 not-for-profit organizations all through B.C. for upgrades to neighborhood infrastructure, up to date expertise and new tools. That is along with $5 million in capital funding for 45 not-for-profit teams introduced in January 2022.

“Organizations just like the False Creek Rowing Membership give a lot to our neighborhood by serving to individuals keep lively, benefit from the outdoor and get to know their neighbours,” stated Brenda Bailey, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek. “Rowing has been an enormous a part of my life, and I do know the worth of getting out on the water each for train and psychological well being. As we get better from the results of the pandemic, this grant will assist the membership purchase new tools and develop their packages so extra individuals can get pleasure from rowing in our stunning neighbourhood.”  

New initiatives funded on this spherical of grants embrace:

  • new boats with solar covers and oars for the False Creek Rowing Membership in Vancouver to assist develop the rowing program and improve the variety of individuals accessing it;
  • a brand new roof for the Eureka Help Society’s constructing in Courtenay to stop leaks and flooding so that folks residing with persistent mental-health points can proceed to entry companies;
  • a renovated constructing for Neighborhood Connections Revelstoke that may embrace a neighborhood kitchen, a secure house for ladies looking for assist and a drop-in centre;
  • a brand new truck for Houston Search and Rescue that may assist present entry to distant search areas and enhance response instances to maintain neighborhood members safer; and
  • a brand new daycare facility for the Al-Kawthar Basis in Surrey for infants and toddlers as outdated as 5 that may have accessible play areas that may assist the event of youngsters.

“The assist from the Province has helped us in creating alternatives for individuals who didn’t understand they have been welcome to affix the game,” stated Simon Litherland, president, False Creek Rowing Membership. “Mixed with personal donations and dealing with different organizations, we now have been capable of buy tools appropriate for individuals new to the game. We sit up for rising programming for a various neighborhood of youth and adults in order that they will take part in competitions and lively recreation, at any stage, all through their lives.”

Organizations which were navigating elevated service pressures throughout the pandemic have been prioritized on this spherical of funding. Many not-for-profit organizations are utilizing these funds to make changes that assist bodily distancing and different measures to make sure companies and actions meet public well being and security pointers.

All Neighborhood Gaming Grants funding in 2021-22 should adjust to provincial well being orders, and this system permits organizations to delay service and challenge supply till this may be completed safely.


Niki Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary for Neighborhood Growth and Non-Earnings

“Many non-profits are battling dwindling budgets as a result of demand for his or her companies has elevated within the post-pandemic restoration interval. All through the pandemic, non-profits continued to inventory meals banks, present important companies equivalent to baby care, and assist weak individuals in want. Our authorities is supporting non-profits with Neighborhood Gaming Grants to allow them to proceed to ship the essential companies British Columbians depend on all through the province.”

Caroline Miller, chair, BC Affiliation for Charitable Gaming –

“Because the organizations in B.C. communities proceed to emerge from pandemic-restricted operations and the challenges of working over the previous two years, provincial gaming grant funding is considered one of their important sources of revenue. Funding main capital initiatives means recent begins, enlargement, repairs and broadening a company’s influence on and attain into their neighborhood. These teams are to be applauded as they proceed their work with neighborhood members to enhance lives and preserve greater than 85,000 B.C. residents employed.”

Malik Ibrahim, director, Al-Kawthar Basis –

“We’re happy that the Al-Kawthar daycare is within the ultimate phases of building. This centre will present a caring, nurturing and secure atmosphere the place youngsters will be taught, develop and be inspired by heat, certified educators to achieve their full potential. We’re extraordinarily excited in regards to the prospect of constructing such high-quality daycare accessible to so many households in the local people.”

Fast Information:

  • Neighborhood Gaming Grants present roughly $140 million every year to assist practically 5,000 not-for-profit organizations that ship companies to individuals in British Columbia with $5 million devoted to funding the capital challenge sector.
  • To assist weak British Columbians throughout the COVID-19 disaster, the Province supplied a $3-million emergency grant from the Neighborhood Gaming Grants program to Meals Banks British Columbia in March 2020.

Be taught Extra:

The total record of capital initiatives grant recipients for this spherical of funding is out there right here:

For extra data on Neighborhood Gaming Grants, go to: material/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaming-grants/community-gaming-grants

To learn the March 2020 information launch on emergency COVID-19 Neighborhood Gaming Grants, go to:

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