The Paws for Hope Animal Foundation is a Maple Ridge organization that received gaming grant funds. (Paws for Hope Facebook/Special to The News)

The Paws for Hope Animal Foundation is a Maple Ridge organization that received gaming grant funds. (Paws for Hope Facebook/Special to The News)

Maple Ridge groups given gaming grants

Under the Tree Childcare Centre gets $171,000 for renos

Capital grants through the province’s Community Gaming Grants program will assist three Maple Ridge organizations.

The largest grant was for the Family Education and Support Centre, which received $171,000 to renovate their Under the Tree Childcare Centre. The aim is to provide an additional 110 childcare spaces, and the renovations will include bathroom installation, electrical and plumbing upgrades, layout renovation, industrial kitchen installation, improved heating and air conditioning.

The Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Arts Council will received $60,000 for restroom upgrades. In order to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission in their facility, the organization plans to replace the original hardware and plumbing fixtures in their restrooms with touchless fixtures. Countertops will also be replaced.

The Paws for Hope Animal Foundation will receive $27,000 to purchase a van to assist with animal transportation related to the non-profit’s vet assistance and foster assistance programs.

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The Capital Grants stream is designed to support not-for-profits and other community organizations to purchase, build, upgrade, or expand infrastructure that allows them to continue providing services or meet growing demand.

“While people are truly the driving force behind community organizations, having proper infrastructure allows them to provide the services they do. These capital grants will provide upgraded facilities for multiple local services that help make Maple Ridge such a great place to live,” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission.

The total grants stream offers more than $5 million to 45 organizations across the province.

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