KELOWNA– Five Kelowna organizations are sharing $172,800 in community gaming grants from the provincial government, supporting programs that focus on local public safety.

Organizations receiving grants:
Central Okanagan Search & Rescue Society – $99,800 for its search and rescue operations.
Canadian Ski Patrol Ogopogo Zone – $25,000 for its First Aid Training Program.
Kelowna & District Safety Council Society – $20,000 for its Little Travellers’ Safety Village.
Kelowna Snowmobile Club – $18,000 for trail safety management.
Canadian Ski Patrol System, Pacific Division – $10,000 for its Instructor Training Program.

“Safety skills need to be ingrained at a young age,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “The $20,000 going to the Kelowna & District Safety Council Society will help our youngest citizens stay safe in their neighbourhoods, and develop good habits they will carry forward into adulthood.”

“Kelowna’s outdoor recreation opportunities are limitless, and we want locals and visitors to enjoy them safely,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “It’s reassuring to know these organizations are there to help when challenges occur.”

“In a region blessed with so much to do outdoors, it’s reassuring to know help is available if you need it,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “These grants will go a long way towards helping those who help others.”

The Community Gaming Grant Program allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues. This latest round is through the Public Safety intake, which supports public safety initiatives along with disaster relief and emergency preparedness, such as restorative justice projects and search and rescue programs.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local 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. Applications for programs that fall under the Human and Social Services intake are being currently being accepted until February 28, 2015.