Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue (president Paul Berry, pictured) was one of eight local non-profit organizations to receive funding from the provincial government. CVGSAR received $86,500. photo by CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

UPDATE: Seven Comox Valley non-profits get government funding

EDITOR’S NOTE: The original media release sent out by the New Democrat BC Government Caucus included various errors. Seven organizations (not eight) received a total of $215,900 (not $314,000). Comox Valley Ground Search & Rescue Association (reported as receiving $86,500), and Kitty Cat P.A.L. Society ($25,000) did not receive funding. Mt. Washington Ski Patrol Association did and was not listed in the release. Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) received $46,000, not $66,000 as was originally stated. Also, the Comox Valley Marine Rescue Society received $25,400, $400 more than what was originally stated.

This article has been updated to reflect the changes.


The Province has announced $215,900 in funding for seven not-for-profit organizations in the Comox Valley.

The organizations, which provide environmental and public safety services, are receiving funds through the Community Gaming Grants program.

The recipients of the community grant funding are:

Community Justice Centre of the Comox Valley Society: $20,000

Comox Valley Land Trust: $35,000

Comox Valley Marine Rescue Society: $25,400

Comox Valley Project Watershed Society: $36,500

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS): $46,000

Tsolum River Restoration Society: $20,000

Mt. Washington Ski Patrol Association: $33,000

“Congratulations to these groups that provide environmental and public safety services to our community,” said Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard. “I’m happy that this important work is being recognized and supported by our government.”

In 2019-20, the Province is providing approximately $4.6 million to more than 135 organizations in the environment sector. Environmental programming gives British Columbians the opportunity to learn about and connect with nature. The grants also support wildlife rehabilitation programs and shelters for animals.

The Province is also providing approximately $5.6 million to nearly 125 organizations in the public safety sector. Through public safety programs, non-profit organizations provide emergency and lifesaving services including search and rescue activities, volunteer fire departments, emergency preparedness, and community and restorative justice for people across the province.

The Community Gaming Grants program provides up to $140 million to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations in B.C. each year.

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