Gambling money is coming back to Maple Ridge.
Four non-profit organizations that offer public safety and environmental programs in Maple Ridge are receiving community gaming grants from the provincial government.
• Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue Society $66,700
• Alouette River Management Society $52,000
• Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society $16,500
• Paws for Hope Animal Foundation $34,500
These are among over 145 public safety-related organizations receiving more than $6.5 million in support from the province this year.
“Community Gaming Grants for local search and rescue groups contribute to the safety of outdoor activity around the province,” said Chris Kelly, president, BC Search and Rescue Association. “This important funding goes toward the training of volunteer professionals and the purchase of gear and equipment, along with ongoing operational expenses. Community Gaming Grants assist B.C.’s 80 search and rescue groups to respond to over 1,600 incidents involving missing or injured persons, at no cost to citizens.”
Approximately 120 organizations in the environment sector are receiving $3.8 million in B.C., providing people with opportunities to learn about and connect with nature, conducting wildlife rehabilitation programs and shelters for animals, helping us adapt to climate change, supporting local food systems, and more.
“People express what they care about by volunteering and working for great causes. I’m proud that our Government can help facilitate their valuable work,” said Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.
Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission added: “Through these organizations, local people generously give their time protecting their fellow citizens, animals, and the environment. That’s very appreciated, and I’m glad that they’re getting the support they deserve through Community Gaming Grants.”
Every year, commercial gambling generates revenue that the Victoria invests in key services.
A portion of these revenues is allocated via the $140-million Community Gaming Grants program, which helps fund over 5,000 community organizations. Eligible organizations can apply for gaming-grant funding in one of the following six sectors: arts and culture, sport, environment, public safety, human and social services and parent advisory councils/district parent advisory councils.
Applications for the next round of public safety and environment grants will be accepted from July 1 to Aug. 31.
For more information about B.C. Community Gaming Grants see www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaming-grants