No summertime blues: 10 groups score gaming grants




For immediate release

July 10, 2012

KELOWNA – Ten local organizations will share $300,400 in Community Gaming Grants from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. They are:

  • Okanagan Gymnastics Centre Society – $80,400
  • Kelowna Speed Skating Club – $7,500
  • Okanagan Mission Youth Soccer Association – $25,000
  • Okanagan Mainline Football Society – $15,000
  • Central Okanagan Sailing Association – $24,000
  • Kiwanis Music Festival Society of Kelowna – $20,000
  • Kelowna Museums Society – $70,000
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Kelowna and District Branch – $15,300
  • Central Okanagan Liquid Lightning Swim Club Society – $28,200
  • Bumbershoot Children’s Theatre Society – $15,000

Why this matters:

  • Across British Columbia, 281 recipients will share $9,853,697 in the latest round of grants from provincial gaming revenue.
  • Community Gaming Grants help local groups provide important services for British Columbia families.
  • Grant recipients in this round of funding offer programs in arts and culture, human and social services, and sport.


Quotes: “It’s always a pleasure to see the variety of groups receiving community gaming grants, and this batch is no exception. From sailing and football to mental health and children’s theatre, there’s a great range of organizations and programs.”

–          Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson


“The provincial government has been able to maintain or, in some cases, increase community gaming grants to some of the Central Okanagan’s most important community groups. It’s the result of thoughtful fiscal management, and it’s great to see.”

–          Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart


“It’s great to see The Okanagan Gymnastics Centre Society receiving such a generous grant, up more than $20,000 from last year. This will help them continue to produce athletes that will make Kelowna proud.”

–          Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick


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.
  • Last year, in 2011/12, government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.
  • About 5,300 community groups benefited from funding during 2011/12.


For more information:

Full application information for B.C. Community Gaming Grants is available online at:


Suggested Photo Cutline:

MLAs Steve Thomson, Norm Letnick, and Ben Stewart present Kelowna Museums Society Executive Director Lesley Moore with a cheque for $70,000. The Museums Society received the funding as part of the Province’s community gaming grant program. (July 9)


Media Contact:

Maclean Kay, BC Government Caucus Communications (250) 952-0778