KELOWNA – Five local organizations have received $167,500 in funding from the provincial government through the Community Gaming Grant program.

Organizations Receiving Grants:
Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) – $70,000
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society – $53,500
Friends of Okanagan Student-Athletes Association – $15,000
Lioness Club of Kelowna – $15,000
Rotary Club of Kelowna Morningside – $14,000

“Kelowna’s outdoor recreational opportunities are plentiful, and the funds supporting CRIS Adaptive Adventures will give those with disabilities the chance to enjoy them,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “Meantime, the grant going to the the student association will provide important financial assistance for post-secondary student athletes.”

“The grants going to the Rotary and Lioness clubs, worth a total of $29,000, support their respective community donations programs,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “These hard-working groups are ensuring that no one in need in our community goes without, and we thank them for their service.”

“The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society offers a wide range of health, community, employment and education services,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “Their doors are open to everyone, and this grant in support of their Community Outreach Program will help them continue making a difference in people’s lives.”

This latest round of funding is through the Human and Social Services intake. These grants are used for programs that significantly contribute to the quality of life in the community, including assisting the disadvantaged or distressed, promoting health, or enhancing opportunities for youth.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local non-profit organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at www.gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants/