Kelowna non-profit groups get $330,000 in funding

The province doles out seven grants here using revenue from community gaming.

The province is using community gaming revenue to help fund seven Kelowna-area organizations.

The grants, which total $330,200, are going to:

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Okanagan Society—$150,000

• Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association of British Columbia – Kelowna branch—  $10,000

• Kelowna & District Share Society—$34,000

• Kelowna Community Food Bank Society—$110,000

• 903 RCACC Sponsoring Society—$5,200

• Kelowna Central Lions Club—$18,000

• Navy League of Canada – Kelowna Branch—$3,000

“Gaming grants are a great way to support groups in the community,” said Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick.”This $330,200 investment will certainly make a real difference in the Kelowna area.”

Community gaming grants area way for non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues.

During the government’s last fiscal year, in 2011/12, Victoria distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services across B.C. About 5,300 community groups benefited from funding during 2011/12.

This year, across B.C., 145 recipients will share $5.9 million in the latest round of grants alone.

Grant recipients include programs for human and social services, arts and culture, and sport.

The grants help local groups provide important services for British Columbia families, says the government.


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