Five Kelowna organizations to receive gaming grants

KELOWNA – Five local organizations have received more than $215,000 in funding from the provincial government through the Community Gaming Grant program.

Organizations Receiving Grants:
Living Positive Resource Centre - Okanagan - $100,000 for Education and Prevention
Central Okanagan Hospice Association - $65,500 for its Bereavement Program
Knights of Columbus #6233 - $20,000 for its Community Donations Program
Rotary Club of Kelowna Capri - $18,750 for its Community Donations Program
Lifestyle Equity Society - $11,000 for its Adaptive Disabled Recreation Program

“These organizations work with some of our community’s most vulnerable,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “Whether they’re distributing donations to those going through a tough time, or lending a compassionate ear to those grieving a loss—their service makes for better, stronger neighbourhoods for us all.”

“While providing much needed HIV/AIDS education and services for 23 years, the Living Positive Resource Centre has expanded its mandate beyond those living with this diagnosis,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “It also helps people access housing, nutrition, and health care services with respect and confidentiality.”

“Kelowna has a great reputation for recreation, and it’s important that all members of our community be able to enjoy it—including those with disabilities,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “The Lifestyle Equity Society helps make that happen, and I’m pleased to see their great work supported with a grant.”

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.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.

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