Grants totaling $61,000 given to two Comox Valley organizations

The Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development is providing Community Gaming Grants between two local organizations

The Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development is providing Community Gaming Grants worth a total of $61,000 between two local organizations.

Organizations receiving grants:

• Hornby Island: Hornby Festival Society – $21,000;

• Courtenay: Courtenay and District Historical Society – $40,000.

“The arts enable people to cultivate and express creativity, and bring joy to both individuals and communities, said Comox Valley MLA don McRae in making the announcements.

“This funding will help the Hornby Festival Society and the Courtenay and District Historical Society promote and share various artistic mediums, including visual art, spoken word, and music, with their local communities.”

Across British Columbia, 78 recipients will share $2,161,745 in the latest rounds of grants. Recipients of these grants include programs for sport, and arts and culture, among others. Community Gaming Grants help local groups provide important services for B.C. families.

• Community Gaming Grants allow non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues.

• Last fiscal year, in 2012/13, the B.C. government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.

• Approximately 5,300 community groups benefited from funding during 2012/13.

Full application information is available at www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.

— Government of B.C.

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