Twelve sports organizations in the Kelowna area have received a boost with the restoration of gaming grants from the provincial government.
The Kelowna groups will share $305,615 in the latest round of gaming grants released last week by the provincial government.
The grants are the first from provincial gaming revenue announced for the new fiscal year, which began on April 1, 2011
·Kelowna Aqua-Jets Swim Club – $50,100
·Kelowna Minor Football Association – $14,875
·Thompson-Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League – $50,000
·Winfield Figure Skating Club – $14,875
·Kelowna Canada Day Concerts – $4,500
·Kelowna Volleyball Club – $17,600
·Kelowna Yacht Club – $16,250
·Kelowna Minor Hockey Association – $52,500
·Telemark Cross Country Ski Club – $20,000
·Okanagan Chito-Ryu Society – $17,760
·Kelowna Visual & Performing Arts Centre Society – $12,750
·Kelowna Minor Lacrosse Association – $19,280
“Many of these groups provide important programs that encourage people to live healthy and active lives. This funding infusion recognizes the excellent work done by these groups, and helps them continue to deliver top-notch services to our community,” said Westside Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart.
Across British Columbia, 146 recipients will share $3,161,195 in this latest round of grants from provincial gaming revenue.
Beneficiaries cover a broad range of community interests, including sports; arts and culture; festivals; and parent advisory and district parent advisory councils.