KELOWNA – Twenty local organizations have received more than $854,000 in funding from the provincial government through the Community Gaming Grant program.

Organizations Receiving Grants:
YMCA of Okanagan Association – $182,500
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Okanagan Society – $150,000
CMHA Kelowna & District Branch – $73,000
Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society – $71,500
Lake Country Food Assistance Program – $70,000
Pacificsport Regional Sport Centre, Okanagan Society – $45,000
Westside Community Food Bank Society – $38,000
Westside Health Network Society – $31,600
B.C. Schizophrenia Society, Kelowna – $27,000
ACT/UCT Kelowna West Council #1003 – $25,000
Inn From the Cold, Kelowna – $24,000
Kelowna Family Services Society – $24,000
Westbank Lions Club – $20,000
Kelowna Central Lions Club – $18,000
University Children’s Learning Centre Society – $14,750
Rotary Club of Kelowna Ogopogo – $10,000
Knights of Columbus St. Charles Garnier Council #9845 – $10,000
Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association of BC Kelowna – $10,000
Scouts Canada 1st Lakeview Heights Scout Group – $6,300
Navy League of Canada Kelowna Branch – $3,500

“With the holiday season upon us, it’s important to think of those less fortunate,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “I applaud the 20 organizations on this list who are making life better for families in Kelowna.”

“The organizations being supported with grants answer a wide variety of needs, from food banks to service clubs to sporting groups,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “These funds will help them continue their great work our community.”

“Organizations like the Westbank Lions Club and Inn From the Cold lend a helping hand when it’s needed most,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “The holidays are about helping our neighbours– I encourage you to consider supporting groups like these, making a real difference in the community.”

This latest round of funding is through the Human and Social Services intake. These grants are used for programs that significantly contribute to the quality of life in the community, including assisting the disadvantaged or distressed, promoting health, or enhancing opportunities for youth.

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.