KELOWNA – Fifteen social service groups in Kelowna are getting a boost of nearly $354,000 thanks to the province’s community gaming grant program.

Organizations receiving grants:

  • Central Okanagan Hospice Association – $65,500
  • Rutland Elementary Community School Society – $40,400
  • Kinsmen Club of Kelowna – $33,000
  • Westside Health Network Society – $31,600
  • B.C. Schizophrenia Society Kelowna – $27,000
  • Kalano Club of Kelowna – $25,000
  • Kelowna Family Services Centre Society- $22,000
  • Westbank Lions Club – $20,000
  • ACT/UCT Kelowna West Council – $18,750
  • Knights of Columbus #10781 – $18,000
  • Kelowna Central Lions Club – $15,000
  • Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association – $14,000
  • Lifestyle Equity Society – $11,000
  • Knights of Columbis St. Charles Garnier Council #9845 – $9,000
  • Navy League of Canada Kelowna Branch – $3,500

“Groups like these, and the dedicated people behind them, make enormous contributions to healthy, thriving neighbourhoods,” said Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “The programs they provide help people of all ages and walks of life.”

“This funding of nearly $354,000 will help these organizations continue to offer important services in areas like health care, immigrant settlement, and family counselling,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “Programs like these mean a lot to the individuals and families who rely on them.”

“Many of these groups, like the Kinsmen and Lions Clubs, promote important values like community spirit and social involvement,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “A big thanks to those who give of their time and effort so generously. You are truly making a difference to those in need.”

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

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