MAPLE RIDGE – Two organizations in Maple Ridge and surrounding area have received $104,000 so far this year in B.C. Government gaming grants in the human and social services announced local MLAs Marc Dalton and Doug Bing.

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 the Maple Ridge area receiving grants include:

  • Friends In Need Food Bank Society                        $85,000
  • Rotary Club of Haney                                             $19,000

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.

Quotes:

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Doug Bing

“The Friends in Need Food Bank Society and the Rotary Club of Haney are important parts part of our community fabric, as they look after some of our most vulnerable. The funding from the gaming grants will allow them to continue their work and serve the community.”

Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton

“The considerate care that is embodied by these organizations is part of what makes Maple Ridge such a wonderful community to live in. These grants will help the dedicated members of the Friends in Need Food Bank Society and the Rotary Club of Haney continue to invest and build into the lives of our community members.”

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