PRINCE GEORGE – The Prince George Youth Soccer Association is one of nine sports, arts and cultural groups in Prince George that will benefit from a total of $353,500 in grants from the B.C. government.

Prince George Youth Soccer Association has received an $80,000 grant.

“With such a large number of players being registered and their desire to have year-round programming, keeping fees affordable can only be achieved with the assistance of grants from the government,” Prince George Youth Soccer Association executive director Len McNamara said. “Over the years, gaming funds have allowed the association to meet those costs required to provide soccer programs to our youth boys and girls, ages 3-18, as well as develop youth referees and adult coaches that also provide their assistance to other organizations and events in our city.”

Huble Homestead/Giscome Portage Heritage Society has received $50,600.

“Gaming grants are vital to Huble Homestead as they fund many of our public programs,” Huble Homestead operations manager Krystal Leason said. “Mainly these funds go towards our public events program; we host 10 to 13 events per season and the reason we can offer most of them by donation is a result of this funding. Gaming also funds our demonstrations program and our education program, including our free in-class presentations.”

Other organizations receiving grants are:

Prince George Gymnastics Society – $60,000
Prince George Barracuda Swim Club – $54,400
Theatre North West Society – $45,000
B.C. Seniors Games Society – Zone 9 North Central – $25,000
Special Olympics B.C. Society: Prince George – $18,000
Prince George Minor Girls Softball Association – $15,000
Northern Orchestra of B.C. Society – $5,500.

“From soccer and softball, to music and theatre, we have so many great local organizations that work tirelessly to provide our community and region with a broad range of opportunities and events,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “These funds are essential and ensure that we continue to support the volunteers and staff that do such a good job in each of these community organizations.”

“Prince George is a great place to live, work and of course, play—and it is organizations like these that give people a chance to do just that,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “These grants will support programs and services enjoyed by people of all ages.”

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/.