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Posted: March 31, 2023

Local community programs included in funding

More than $12 million in new funding for public safety and environment programs is being provided to a host of not-for-profit organizations in B.C., including 10 in the East Kootenay.

Community Gaming Grants will provide 131 not-for-profit organizations in the public-safety sector with a total of $6.8 million. Funding will support programs that address restorative justice, firefighting, search and rescue, emergency preparedness and community safety.

Grants will support a further 150 not-for-profit organizations in the environment sector with $5.9 million for animal protection, conservation and environmental awareness programs.

Local organizations receiving public safety funds:

Fernie Volunteer Ski Patrol Society – $12,000;

Elk Valley Air Search and Rescue Association – $7,850;

Sparwood Search & Rescue Society – $13,500;

Local organizations receiving environmental sector funds:

Elk River Watershed Alliance – $18,000;

Wildsight Elk Valley Branch – $23,000;

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network – $6,000;

Wildsight – Invermere Branch – $8,500;

Lake Windermere Ambassadors Society – $6,500;

Wildsight – $47,000;

Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook Branch – $44,000;

“I recognize and appreciate the work that local non-profits do for communities throughout the province. Non-profits deliver vital programming that directly supports people throughout B.C. and we want to ensure they have the resources to continue,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

Community Gaming Grants provide $140 million per year from gaming revenue to support nearly 5,000 not-for-profit organizations that deliver services to people in B.C. communities.

View the full list of environment and public safety grant recipients.


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