Local arts, culture and sports groups get grants
A host of East Kootenay arts, culture and sports groups are among 318 province-wide to receive community grants to help deliver services so people can be more active, creative and culturally connected.
The B.C. government announced today it is supporting 117 not-for-profit organizations in the Interior that are focused on arts and culture, with more than $3 million in Community Gaming Grants. The funding will help people participate in a range of activities, such as theatre and music, as well as access cultural centres and museums.
The province is also helping 201 not-for-profit organizations in the Interior that are dedicated to sports, with more than $5 million in Community Gaming Grants. The funding will help people participate in a variety of activities, such as soccer, swimming, hockey, gymnastics or wheelchair sports.
“People’s lives are enhanced by the sports, arts and cultural programming that not-for-profit organizations offer throughout British Columbia,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Healthy, vibrant communities are key to a healthy, vibrant province and these grants are one way our government is helping people in communities thrive.”
East Kootenay organizations receiving funding/Arts and Culture:
Cranbrook Archives, Museum and Landmark Foundation -$43,900;
Cranbrook Community Theatre Society – $10,000;
Symphony of the Kootenays Association – $19,200;
Fernie and District Historical Society – $20,000;
Columbia Valley Arts Council – $29,000;
Kimberley Arts Council – Centre 64 – $18,000.
East Kootenay organizations receiving funding/Sports:
Cranbrook Bandits Baseball Club – $6,000;
Cranbrook Minor Ball Association – $30,000;
Cranbrook Skating Club – $20,000;
Cranbrook Minor Hockey Association – $60,000;
Key City Gymnastics Society – $55,400;
B.C. Seniors Games Society – Zone 7 – $2,500;
Kootenay East Cranbrook Special Olympics British Columbia Society – Kimberley/Cranbrook – $6,000;
Cranbrook Lacrosse Association – $10,100;
Cranbrook Amateur Swim Association – $18,000;
East Kootenay Volleyball Club – $18,500;
Elkford Skating Club – $8,000;
Fernie Nordic Society – $3,000;
Sparwood Skating Club – $10,700;
Invermere District Curling Club Society – $21,400;
Columbia Valley Skating Club – $24,500;
Columbia Valley Youth Soccer Association – $8,000;
Peaks Gymnastics Society Invermere- $19,350;
Columbia Valley Swim Club – $18,000;
Kimberley Seahorse Swim Association – $10,000;
Kimberley Alpine Team Society – $17,950;
Kimberley Curling Club – $18,000;
Kimberley Minor Hockey Association – $23,500;
Kimberley Skating Club – $14,000.
“The BCACG is delighted that post-pandemic applications for gaming funding for both arts and culture and sports organizations rebounded in 2022, as groups were again able to present programming in their communities,” stated Caroline Miller, chair of the BC Association for Charitable Gaming (BCACG).
“The BCACG presented numerous workshops for applicants, assisting them in preparing their applications for review and funding. Over 1,800 applications were submitted and reviewed by gaming branch staff, assuring more robust programming in communities across B.C. in 2023.”
Lead image: Kimberley Arts Council – Centre 64. e-KNOW file photos