KELOWNA – Twenty sports, arts and culture groups in Kelowna are getting a boost of nearly $504,000 thanks to the province’s community gaming grant program.

Organizations receiving grants:
West Kelowna Minor Hockey Association – $72,600
Kelowna Museums Society – $72,000
Kelowna Curling Club – $48,300
Kelowna Community Music School Society – $38,000
Kelowna Ringette Association – $35,000
Kelowna Youth Soccer Association – $30,000
Biathlon Society of British Columbia – $30,000
Central Okanagan Sailing Association – $29,125
Arts Council of the Central Okanagan – $27,600
Kelowna United Football Club – $22,800
West Kelowna Minor Baseball Association – $15,720
Kelowna Volleyball Club – $18,720
Okanagan Chito-Ryu Society – $12,000
Okanagan Athletics Club Society – $10,000
Dolyna Ukrainian Cultural Society – $9,000
Kelowna Speed Skating Club – $8,225
Kelowna City Concert Band Society – $8,000
Kelowna Juvenile Baseball Association – $7,500
Kelowna Springboard Diving Club – $6,000
Interior Highland Dancing Association of B.C. – $3,000

“I’ve always been a big believer in prevention and the idea that staying active keeps our bodies and minds healthy,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “These grants will help these twenty organizations continue to offer sports and arts programs that keep people of all ages fit and happy.”

“These programs help Kelowna’s young people learn and develop a variety of important skills,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “These groups are helping to develop the elite athletes and talented performers of tomorrow.”

“These programs are about people getting together, staying active and healthy – and most importantly, having fun,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “From hockey to sailing to music, community gaming grants help fund indoor and outdoor programs that are the cornerstones of many families’ calendars.”

These grants are awarded under the Sport and Arts & Culture categories 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 Public Safety, Environment and Human and Social Services.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at www.gaming.gov.bc.ca.