KELOWNA – Thirteen sports, arts and culture groups in Kelowna are getting a boost of more than $417,000 thanks to the province’s community gaming grant program.

Organizations receiving grants:
Okanagan Symphony Society – $138,000
Kelowna Aqua-Jets Swim Club – $41,700
Rutland Youth Soccer Association – $35,000
Thompson-Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League – $35,000
Kelowna Visual & Performing Arts Centre Society – $31,400
Ogopogo Summer Swim Club – $31,200
Kelowna Ski Club – $30,600
Kiwanis Music Festival Society of Kelowna – $20,000
Kelowna Liedertafel Society – $15,000
Kelowna Minor Fastball Society – $12,000
Winfield Figure Skating Club – $11,025
Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club – $9,000
Telemark Nordic Club – $7,810

“Kelowna is a great place to live, work and of course, play—and it’s organizations like these that give people a chance to do just that,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “These grants will support programs and services enjoyed by people of all ages.”

“From the sights of our visual and performing arts groups, to the sounds of our talented symphony—we can be proud of Kelowna’s vibrant arts scene,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “These funds will help these groups continue to inspire local audiences.”

“Sports are a great way to stay active and build important life skills,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “Whether it’s youth soccer in Rutland or beginners’ figure skating in Winfield, these activities are helping kids have fun while developing healthy habits.”

These grants are awarded under the Sport and Arts & Culture categories 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. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Public Safety, Environment and Human and Social Services.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at https://www.gaming.gov.bc.ca/.