PRINCE GEORGE – Following the success of the 2015 Canada Winter Games, four not-for-profit organizations in Prince George will continue the legacy of the Games thanks to funding from the B.C. government’s EventHostBC program.

  • Prince George Quilters Guild: a grant for $1,475 to host Crossroads 2016, a quilt show designed to showcase the guild and quilts made in the community.
  • Prince George Community Foundation: $3,500 to host the Sound of Summer, a free outdoor concert managed and delivered by volunteer youth on Aug. 15.
  • Caledonia Nordic Ski Club: $4,867.50 to host an introduction to Nordic skiing for school-age youth from Feb. 26 to March 11, 2016.
  • Fraser-Fort George Museum Society: $5,000 to provide free rides on the 1902 Davenport steam engine at the Fort George Railway on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2016.

“Hosting the 2015 Canada Winter Games was an amazing experience for those of us who live in northern B.C.,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Perhaps one of the most memorable symbols of the Games was the army of volunteers in their green jackets.  The EventHostBC grant program is intended to continue the momentum built during the Games. The funds provided through this program will support more great regional celebrations and events and continue to recognize the amazing volunteers who make these events so special.

“Hosting events builds volunteerism and community pride and diversifies our economy,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “Events like these are a great way to boost tourism in our region,”

EventHostBC, launched May 8, 2015, is a one-time funding initiative intended to encourage and support community events that strengthen volunteer capacity for event hosting throughout the province. Eligible non-profit organizations were invited to apply for up to $5,000 per event.

These events align with the current development of the B.C. government’s five-year hosting strategy – a commitment to supporting communities and organizations in their efforts to make B.C. the destination of choice for sport and cultural events.

For a complete list of successful applicants from all regions, go to: gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/events-hosting.