Community-led projects receive gaming grants

People of all ages and abilities in communities across the province will benefit from improvements to nonprofit programs and services through capital project funding from the Community Gaming Grants program.

“The pandemic has highlighted the critical need and created a growing demand for the types of services that non-profit organizations provide to the people of British Columbia. These organizations are working hard to raise funds to purchase equipment and make renovations that create more inclusive and accessible spaces like transition and recovery homes, elevators and universal washrooms,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Our government is committed to investing in not-for-profit organizations by supporting their efforts to help people thrive in healthy and vibrant communities.

The Community Gaming Grants program provided $5 million to 45 nonprofit groups for capital projects in 2021-22. The funding will be used to help local organizations upgrade their facilities and community infrastructure, update technology, and purchase vehicles and equipment for the programs.

Here are some examples of funded projects:

  • a new elevator and universal washroom at ArtStarts in Schools in Vancouver so members have better, more accessible amenities;
  • remodeling Aunt Leah’s original home so that more mothers and their children have shelter and services;
  • a renovation of the Foundry Langley Inclusive Gathering Space building so youth can better access inclusive gathering spaces;
  • the construction of a post-treatment recovery house for the Lillooet Friendship Center so that adults in need can have more support to boost their addiction recovery and general well-being; and
  • replacement of the Otter Point Boardwalk for Williams Lake Field Naturalists so people can access a more flood resistant and wheelchair accessible boardwalk.

The province continues to prioritize capital projects through 2021-22 to support not-for-profit organizations facing increased demand for services during the pandemic. Many organizations will also use funds to make changes that support physical distancing and other measures to ensure they adhere to public health and safety guidelines.

“The Aunt Leah Foundation is thrilled to receive this critical funding for the reconstruction of Aunt Leah’s original home where, more than 35 years ago, the organization began providing housing and supported services to mothers at risk of losing custody of their children,” Jacqueline said. Dupuis, CEO of the Aunt Leah Foundation. “In 2020, Aunt Leah provided safe housing and security for 25 mothers and children, and Aunt Leah’s new home will increase our ability to help keep families together and achieve independence.”

The Community Gaming Grants program has made it a condition that all grants through 2021-22 comply with provincial health orders, and the program provides organizations with the ability to delay the delivery of projects and services until they can do so safely.

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Lawrie Portigal, Vice President, BC Association for Charitable Gaming –

“Supporting capital infrastructure has always been a critical component for many nonprofits, especially during these challenging times. I congratulate the successful applicants and applaud the gaming industry and the provincial government for providing this opportunity for groups to access much-needed funding for critical capital projects that are critical to the recovery and the sustainability of the sector.

Niki Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Nonprofit Organizations –

“Funding from the Community Gaming Grants program is essential for non-profit organizations to continue the important work that is enabling people and communities across British Columbia to recover from the pandemic.

Fast facts:

  • The full list of Capital Projects Sector recipients is available here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/CGG_Capital_Project_Grants_21-22.pdf
  • Since 2017, Capital Projects sector grants have helped 332 nonprofits in 110 communities purchase equipment and make renovations essential to their operations.
  • Each year, revenue from commercial gaming funds essential government programs and services, including health care, education, justice and social services throughout British Columbia.
    • Up to $140 million in gaming revenue benefits communities through the 5,000 organizations the Community Gaming Grants program supports each year, with $5 million dedicated to funding the capital projects sector.
    • Community Gaming Grants provide funding to arts and culture groups, sports, environment, public safety, human and social services, and parent advisory councils in BC schools.
  • Each year, eligible organizations can apply for one sector grant for a capital project, in addition to one of the six regular community game grant sectors.

Learn more:

For more information on how the Community Gaming Grants program is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaming -grants/cggupdates

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For updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s response, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19

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