Kiwanis receives grant funding

The Kiwanis Club of Summerland has received $5,000 from the province’s community gaming grant program.

The Kiwanis Club of Summerland has received $5,000 from the province’s community gaming grant program.

The organization is one of seven in the region to receive money from the program.

The other six are all in Penticton.

They include Scouts Canada — Second Penticton Group, Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society, Penticton Early Childhood Education Society, Playshare Preschool Society, South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Society, Fraternal Order of Eagles 4281 Penticton Aerie and Canadian Mental Health Association — South Okanagan Similkameen branch.

A total of $235,850 was presented.

“These great organizations make vital contributions to our communities and our citizens,” said Dan Ashton, MLA for the riding of Penticton.

“Their excellent work makes Penticton and Summerland better places to live, and I am pleased that our government continues to support them through these grants.”

The grants are awarded under the Human and Social Services category of the gaming grant program.

Non-profit organizations may apply for the grants through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

Other grant categories include Public Safety, Sports and Arts and Culture, Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils and Environment.

Each year, the province approves $135 million in gaming grants to more than 5,000 local non-profit organizations provincewide.