Arts and Sport Get a Boost with Gaming Grants

MAPLE RIDGE – Eight organizations in Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Mission have received a combined $265,000 under the B.C. government’s community gaming grant program.

The recipients:

  • Emerald Pig Theatrical Society: $10,000
  • West Coast Auto Group Football Club: $150,000
  • Optimist Junior Interclub Curling League: $19,500
  • Haney Seahorse Swim Club: $24,300
  • District 5050 Pipe Band Society: $3,500
  • Mission Marlins Swim Club: $15,000
  • Fraser Valley Water Polo Club: $28,200
  • Ridge Meadows Speed Skating Association: $14,500

“We know that a healthy, active lifestyle has many benefits for our young people,” said Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton. “These organizations have done an excellent job of supporting young athletes and artists in our community and these grants will help them carry on this great work.”

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.