Arts, sports, animal welfare and environment groups are being encouraged by the province to apply for special community gaming grants in light of Victoria’s recent decision to increase the funds available.
THe government added $15 million to $120 million base budget and Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development said, as a result, the province is holding a special intake between Jan. 16 and Feb. 13 so previously ineligible groups can apply for grants this fiscal year.
The groups include non-profit and charitable organizations that deliver services related to adult arts and culture, adult sports, the environment and animal welfare. Animal shelters, fish and wildlife associations, lake and stream stewardship societies, district arts councils, museum societies, theatres and other similar groups are now eligible to apply online, she said.
“This special intake allows previously ineligible groups to apply for community gaming grants during this fiscal year,” said Chong.
“Broadening the scope of these grants and assuring that the base funding remains intact from year to year clearly demonstrates our
commitment to supporting non-profits in the important work they do for B.C. families.”
Community Gaming Grants can make up a significant portion of an organization’s budget and that is why the funding, including the new dollars, and reinstatement of several types of organizations is good news on many levels, said Robert Gloor, executive director of the Alliance for Arts and Culture.
“At the alliance, we want to help get the word out about the special intake, so everyone who is eligible can benefit from this funding program,” he added
To apply online for a community gaming grants, organizations need to go to: