KELOWNA – Ten Kelowna-area community groups are benefiting from a total of $372,900 in the latest round of gaming grants released by the provincial government.

They are:

Rotary Club of Kelowna ($16,000) Canadian Mental Health Association: Kelowna and District Branch ($52,700) Kelowna Central Lions Club ($18,000) Kelowna Family Services Society ($22,000) Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society ($70,000) 903 RCACC Sponsoring Society ($5,700) Braintrust Canada Association ($63,000) Central Okanagan Hospice Association ($65,500) Canadian Federation of University Women: Kelowna ($10,000) Project Literacy – Kelowna Society ($50,000)

Quotes: “More than $300,000 in funding will make a significant difference for these ten organizations and the great work they do in and around the Central Okanagan.” -Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick

“The idea behind gaming grants is to help organizations dedicated to improving their communities. It’s a great way to foster and encourage the spirit of volunteerism in Kelowna.” -Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson

“I always like to see the diversity of groups receiving community gaming grants. From the Lions Club to the Central Okanagan Hospice to the Canadian Federation of University Women, they each make a unique and valuable contribution to the community.” -Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart

Additional Information: Community Gaming Grants allow non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues to support direct delivery of a program that benefits the broader community.

In response to the Community Gaming Grant Review conducted last July, the Province reinstated funding to adult arts, culture, and sport organizations, environmental groups, and animal welfare agencies. It also increased financial support for organizations that have faced funding reductions in the past three years. This amounts to $15 million more in gaming grants than originally budgeted for 2011/12.

Over 6,000 community groups across B.C. have benefited from these funds so far.

For more information: Full application information for B.C. Community Gaming Grants is available online at: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming/grants/forms-guidelines.htm

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