Kelowna-area groups reap provincial grant windfall

More than $411,000 is going to 18 arts, sports and cultural organizations in the Central Okanagan.

Eighteen Kelowna-area groups are sharing in $411

Eighteen groups in Kelowna are getting a total of more than $411,000 fromthe province through its community gaming grant program.

The organizations include:

  • Okanagan Symphony Society – $140,500
  • Thompson-Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League – $35,000
  • Kelowna Visual & Performing Arts Centre Society – $34,500
  • Rutland Youth Soccer Association – $33,900
  • Ogopogo Summer Swim Club – $30,600
  • Kelowna Ski Club – $24,150
  • Kiwanis Music Festival Society of Kelowna – $22,000
  • Kelowna Liedertafel Society – $15,000
  • Winfield Figure Skating Club – $14,325
  • Kelowna Minor Fastball Society – $12,000
  • Kelowna K.O.’s Wheelchair Rugby Association – $11,200
  • Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club – $9,000
  • Chamber Music Kelowna Society – $8,000
  • White Sails A Capella Chapter – Sweet Adelines International – $5,000
  • Dolyna Ukrainian Cultural Society – $5,000
  • Kelowna Okanagan Mission Lions Club – $5,000
  • Kelowna Pipe Band Society – $4,400
  • Responsible Animal Care Society – $1,500

“These grants cover a wide range of activities that keep people of all ages engaged in our community,” said Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission.

The grants are awarded under the sport, arts  and culture, environment, and human and social services categories of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

“Many of these groups rely on these grants to assist with their day-to-day operations,” said Kelonwa-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “This boost of more than $411,000 will help them continue to offer the services and programs that local families rely on.”