PRINCE GEORGE – Two Prince George organizations will benefit from $199,500 thanks to the B.C. government’s Community Gaming Grant program.

The Prince George Regional Art Gallery Association has received $154,500.

“Charitable organizations like Two Rivers Gallery are able to deliver valuable public services very efficiently because our volunteers magnify the impact that these investments have in our communities,” Two Rivers Gallery managing director Peter Thompson said. “Reliable public funding has allowed Two Rivers Gallery to expand our private sector partnerships and give a further boost to our community impact.”

The funding will be used to provide services across the Regional District of Fraser Fort George. It will support the outreach programs to sick kids at the hospital as well as elderly people in care facilities, sustain the gallery’s summer children’s art festival which serves 5,000 children and caregivers each year, expand 21st century training programs for teens in skills like 3D printing, wood carving and laser engraving, and build partnerships with UNBC engineering programs as well as the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

The Multicultural Heritage Society of Prince George has received a $45,000 grant.

“This funding enables the society and its member groups to promote multiculturalism through commemorative cultural days and special events,” Multicultural Heritage Society executive director Marlies Greulich said. “These events offer an opportunity to celebrate and respect our differences and people can show their support against racism and discrimination. The best known event is the ‘Celebrate Canada’ festival which has an attendance of 10,000 to 12,000 people annually, and is still free of any admission charge, thanks in part, to the grant received.”

“These two organizations make a difference in our region,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “The staff and their amazing volunteers work tirelessly to provide opportunities to share in arts and cultural activities that enrich and enhance our community.”
“The Two Rivers Art Gallery and the Multicultural Heritage Society both play a vital role in supporting arts and culture here in Prince George,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “Funding for the Two Rivers Art Gallery will help artists explore new avenues of creativity, while funding for the Multicultural Heritage Society will showcase and celebrate our culture here in Prince George.”

These grants are awarded under the Sport and Arts & Culture 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. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Public Safety, Environment and Human and Social Services.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants/.