Six community groups in Penticton and Summerland have received a total of $158,00 through the latest provincial gaming grants.
The groups are Société De La Petite Enfance De L’École Entre Lacs with $5,600, Penticton Recovery Resource Society with $5,000, South Okanagan-Similkameen Invasive Plant Society with $10,000, Penticton and Area Women’s Centre Society with $85,000, Summerland Youth Centre Association with $8,000 and Summerland Asset Development Initiative with $45,000.
Throughout British Columbia, 248 recipients will be given $8,023,685 in the latest grants.
“From dealing with invasive plants to women’s and youth groups, these six organizations may appear very different, but they all share the same goal: making this an even better place to live,” said Penticton MLA Bill Barisoff.
Laceydawn Loeppky, youth activities coordinator at SADI, said the money will be used to fund various community services and youth activities.
The funding represents more than one-third of SADI’s $120,000 operating budget.
“We’re thankful for it, that’s for sure,” she said.
Lisa Scott of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Invasive Plant Society said the funding her group has received will go for a community educational and outreach program.
She added that this is the first time the organization has received funding through the gaming grant program.