NORTH VANCOUVER – Eight organizations in North Vancouver and surrounding areas have received $415,000 in B.C. Government gaming grants in the human and social services sector announced local MLAs Naomi Yamamoto, Jane Thornthwaite and Ralph Sultan.

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.

Organizations in North Vancouver receiving grants include:

  • C. Lions Alumni Association Foundation                                                                $175,000
  • North Shore Connexions Society                                                                                 $90,000
  • Queen Mary Community Services Association                                                       $66,500
  • Hollyburn Out-of-School Care Society                                                                        $27,000
  • Kiwanis Club of North Vancouver                                                                                $22,500
  • North Vancouver Deep Cove Lions Club                                                                   $15,000
  • Canadian Federation of University Women – North Vancouver                      $12,000
  • Sunflower Early Learning Society                                                                                 $7,000

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.

Local MLA quotes:

Naomi Yamamoto, North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA

“These organizations are each a tremendous asset to our community. The service and care delivered by these groups is part of the reason that North Vancouver remains one of B.C.’s most desirable places to live. “

Jane Thornthwaite, North Vancouver-Seymour MLA

“I am deeply impressed by these local organizations that work diligently to improve the lives of North Vancouver residents. Thank you to all staff and volunteers who work incredibly hard to help others in our community.”

Ralph Sultan, West Vancouver-Capilano MLA

“This grant funding will support the invaluable work of several local organizations, including those that serve young people. We owe a great deal to organizations for their tireless efforts.”

For more information:

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