KELOWNA – Two arts and culture groups and one sports group in Kelowna are sharing $72,200 from the province’s community gaming grant program.

  • Okanagan Artists Alternative Association: $32,000;
  • Central Okanagan Liquid Lightning Swim Club Society: $31,000;
  • Kelowna Canada Day Concerts Society: $9,200.

“Whether it’s concerts to mark Canada Day, a society to support local artists, or a swim club – these groups all make great contributions to the cultural fabric here,” said Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “Kelowna is blessed with rich, diverse arts and athletics scenes, thanks in large part to community organizations like these.”

“It is great to see these three groups receiving more than $72,000 in community gaming grant funding,” Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick said. “Children and adults alike will benefit from these funds which assist in encouraging healthy, active living.”

“It is important to support the arts and athletics, especially at the local level,” said Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “It gives local talent an opportunity to showcase their abilities and nurture their creativity in front of family and friends.”

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 pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.