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Posted: August 19, 2015

Arts and sports groups get community gaming grants

Six arts and culture and sports groups in the East Kootenay are receiving $82,325 from the province’s Community Gaming Grants program.

“From theatre and music to amateur athletics, our government is proud to support these groups and the people who participate in them,” Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett said. “These grants help create opportunities for young people to become active in organized sports and arts groups.”

Receiving funds are:

Cranbrook Community Theatre Society: $10,000;

Symphony of the Kootenays Association: $15,000;

Special Olympics B.C. Society (Kimberley/Cranbrook): $4,200

Fernie Ghostriders Junior Hockey Club: $15,000;

Fernie Alpine Ski Team: $21,500;

Kimberley Alpine Team Society: $16,625.

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.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at


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