Art, Culture and Sport get a Boost with Gaming Grants

KELOWNA – 14 organizations in Kelowna have received a combined $355,500 under the B.C. government’s community gaming grant program.

The recipients:

  • Kelowna City Concert Band Society: $8,000
  • Kelowna Springboard Diving Club: $8,000
  • Kelowna Volleyball Club: $16,800
  • Kelowna International Choir Society: $7,000
  • The Okanagan Festival Singers: $10,000
  • Kelowna Community Music School Society: $38,000
  • Arts Council of the Central Okanagan: $27,600
  • Central Okanagan Heritage Society: $18,000
  • Kelowna Youth Soccer Association: $40,000
  • Kelowna Ringette Association: $30,000
  • Kelowna Art Gallery Association: $60,000
  • West Kelowna Minor Hockey Association: $72,600
  • The Society of the Friends of the Early Music Studio: $2,000
  • Westside Ringette Association: $17,500

 

“These organizations do an excellent job of creating events and places around the Okanagan to get active – both physically and in the arts,” said Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “The Gaming Grant program was created to give groups like these a boost, and keep making our communities vibrant.”

These grants are awarded under the Sport and Arts and Culture category 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, Human and Social Services, Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils, and Environment.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local non-profit organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.