KELOWNA – Seventy-two social service groups in Kelowna are getting a boost of more than $2.8 million thanks to the province’s community gaming grant program.

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.

“These organizations identify needs in our community and work hard to fill them—contributing to healthier neighbourhoods and happier people,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “They make a difference in a lot of people’s lives in a lot of different ways.”

“Groups like these are vital to our sense of community and belonging,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “They reach out to those in need, who may not have anyone else to turn to—and provide them with a variety of resources that improve their quality of life.”

“This $2.8 million is a significant amount of funding for organizations who do great work in our communities,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “They offer a wide range of helpful services that make life better for people of all ages, and we thank them for their service.”

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 https://www.gaming.gov.bc.ca/.