Grants distributed

Seven organizations in the South Okanagan have received Community Gaming Grants from the B.C. government, which together total $257,750.

Seven organizations in the South Okanagan have received Community Gaming Grants from the B.C. government, which together total $257,750.

Shrine Club #20 received $25,000, the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society received $70,000, the Canadian Mental Health Association – South Okanagan Similkameen Branch received $32,500, Penticton Early Childhood Education Society received $13,750, Lions Club of Penticton received $14,000, South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Society received $62,500 and South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society received $40,000.

“These vital organizations work effortlessly to maintain and enhance our community’s overall safety and well-being. The importance of these groups is reflected in the significant amount of funding our province has invested,” said Bill Barisoff, MLA for the riding of Penticton.

Across the province, 145 recipients were given a total of $5,903,103 in the latest rounds of grants.

Recipients include programs for human and social services, arts and culture, and sport, among others.

During the last fiscal year, in 2011 to 2012, the provincial 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 the 2011 to 2012 fiscal year.