Two non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting the public have received a combined $50,000 from the province’s Community Gaming Grant program.
- Chimney and Felker Lakes Landholders Association: $30,000 for volunteer fire protection services at Chimney and Felker Lakes;
- West Chilcotin Search and Rescue Society (Tatla Lake): $20,000 for search and rescue services.
“Volunteer firefighters provide an essential, potentially lifesaving service to people in small communities and remote areas, and search-and-rescue crews are a lifeline to those in our region’s vast backcountry,” Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said.
“Our government is proud to assist these great organizations and ensure they can continue their valuable work.”
These grants are awarded under the Public Safety 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 Human and Social Services, Sports and Arts and Culture, 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.