Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West, says the New Democrat government’s grants for local not-for-profit organizations will support arts and culture and sports organizations, enriching the lives of community members.
“Sports, arts and culture are what make our cities and towns into vibrant communities,” said Conroy. “These local organizations work hard to keep us active, learning and engaged. I’m glad that we’re able to continue supporting their efforts to make our days brighter.”
This nearly $420,000 for 20 organizations in Kootenay West is part of over $43 million being distributed to nearly 1,400 arts and culture and sport sector organizations across B.C. The arts and culture stream supports groups like choirs, arts councils, theatre companies, musicians, art galleries, and organizations that promote and celebrate diverse cultures from around the world. The sports stream supports local sports organizations in all kinds of sports for people of all ages and abilities.
Some of the organizations receiving funding include the Castlegar Skating Club, Arrow Lakes Historical Society, Rossland Council for Arts and Culture, and the Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association.
The Community Gaming Grants Program distributes up to $140 million worth of grants annually to not-for-profit organizations across British Columbia that improve and enrich the lives of people and communities. These include sports, arts, environmental, quality of life, and health and safety organizations.