PRINCE GEORGE – Local service organizations located in Prince George and the surrounding region are receiving a total of $403,100 in community gaming grants announced local MLAs Mike Morris and Shirley Bond.

Organizations receiving grants include:

  • Northern BC Friends of Children Society                                                                            $93,000
  • N.I.B. Northern B.C. Region                                                                                             $91,600
  • Northern John Howard Society of B.C.                                                                                $54,000
  • United Way of Northern B.C.                                                                                              $42,000
  • Positive Living North Society (No khe̅yoh t’sih’en t’sehena Society)                                  $37,500
  • Prince George Council of Seniors Society                                                                           $30,000
  • Camp Morice Society                                                                                                          $30,000
  • Knights of Columbus #5246 – St Mary’s Council                                                                $25,000

“Organizations like the Northern BC Friends of Children help families in our region and provide specialized services when people need them most, said Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris. “These groups makes Prince George a truly caring community.”

“Each of these organizations reach out to people in Prince George and communities throughout the region and provide them with highly specialized and vital services,” said Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “Their staff and volunteers are extraordinarily dedicated and deserve recognition for significantly improving the quality of life for many of those in need.”

Funding provided to organizations in this latest round of gaming grants supports programs that significantly contribute to the quality of life in the community, including assisting the disadvantaged or distressed, promoting health or enhancing opportunities for youth.

Why this matters:

  • Community gaming grants in the human and social services sector benefit food banks, hospice societies, community services, service clubs, counselling programs and organizations that assist people coping with challenging life situations, including addictions, serious injuries or disabilities.
  • Every year the Province approves approximately $135 million in community gaming grants for not-for-profit organizations, with the human and social services sector receiving the largest share of this annual funding.
  • Over 5,000 local not-for-profit organizations representing virtually every community in British Columbia benefit from this funding every year. These organizations provide invaluable services in their communities.
  • Eligible organizations applying for gaming grant funding are distributed across six sectors including: arts and culture; sport; environment; public safety; human and social services; parent and district parent advisory councils.

Full application information for community gaming grants is available online at: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaming-grants