Kelowna groups benefit from returned gaming grants

A total of $960,407 in community gaming grants will be returned to over 100 local non-profit organizations in Kelowna as part of funding announced by Premier Christy Clark  last month.

Kelowna community groups that suffered from gaming grant cuts received the good news this week.

“This extra funding is  great news for 119 community organizations in Kelowna. Most of these groups are active in the health and social services sector and contribute significantly to the well-being of our community,” said Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick.

Letnick’s riding will benefit from $443,647 to be divided among 43 groups. Among the funding to be dispersed is a $44,812 grant for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.

Kelowna-Mission will receive $173,275, to be shared by 30 organizations.

The Reach Out Youth Counselling and Family Services Society will get the biggest portion with $17,500, while the smallest award went to the Kelowna Waldorf School Parents Council Society at $420.

Many groups in the health and social services sector— such as transition houses, food banks and drop-in centres—already received funding this year at approximately 100 per cent of historical levels.

This new funding will provide an extra 25 per cent to help food banks meet growing demand, as well as to support youth and family programs; school parent advisory councils; community centres; cultural organizations; and Scouts and cadets.