Athletes, archivists and artists in the Tri-Cities are getting a boost from the province to improve its efforts to serve the region.
A combined total of $1,431,050 in community gaming grants has been earmarked for 43 arts, culture and sports organizations across Anmore, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.
The goal is to support local residents in getting "active, creative and culturally connected.
Each year, commercial gaming revenue helps essential programs and services like health care, education and social services, states a B.C. government release today (Dec. 8).
"People's lives are enhanced by the sports, arts and cultural programming that not-for-profit organizations offer throughout British Columbia," said Anne Kang, minister of municipal affairs.
"Healthy, vibrant communities are key to a healthy, vibrant province and these grants are one way our government is helping people in communities thrive."
The regional investments are part of a $28.2-million money pool for the Lower Mainland — $16.7 million for sports and $11.5 million for arts and culture programs.
Only two groups received the $100,000 maximum grant available for applicants.
The Tri-Cities' recipients of this year's grants are as follows (listed in numerical order by municipality):
- $20,000 = Coquitlam-Moody Ringette Association
- $100,000 = Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club
- $100,000 = Coquitlam Skating Club
- $90,000 = Societe francophone de Maillardville
- $65,000 = Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association
- $56,000 = The Coquitlam Sharks Aquatic Club
- $38,000 = Theatrix Youtheatre Society
- $37,000 = Coquitlam Heritage Society
- $23,100 = The Coquitlam Minor Football Association
- $22,500 = Coquitlam Ducks Volleyball Club
- $20,000 = Coquitlam Minor Softball Association
- $20,000 = Phoenix Vocal and Performing Society
- $18,000 = The Coquitlam Lions Water Polo Association
- $14,000 = BC Highland Dancing Association
- $12,500 = Caprice Artistic Swim Club
- $11,000 = United Rugby Club
- $10,000 = Les Echos Du Pacifique
- $3,800 = Tri-City Iranian Cultural Society
- $90,000 = Port Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association
- $55,000 = Tri Cities Female Ice Hockey Association
- $36,000 = Port Coquitlam/Ridge Meadows Ringette Association
- $35,000 = Port Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association
- $25,000 = Port Coquitlam Figure Skating Club
- $24,000 = Port Coquitlam Marlins Summer Swim Club
- $13,700 = Port Coquitlam Minor Softball Association
- $10,000 = The Maple Leaf Singers
- $8,000 = The Westcoast Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International
- $7,000 = Tri-City Minor Softball Association
- $5,650 = The Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society
- $3,600 = Art Focus Artists' Association
- $90,000 = Port Moody Soccer Club
- $75,000 = Port Moody Amateur Hockey Association
- $65,000 = DreamRider Productions Society
- $61,700 = Inlet Skating Club of Port Moody
- $49,000 = Coastal Sound Music Academy Society
- $28,000 = Port Moody Heritage Society
- $23,000 = Port Moody Golden Spike Days Society
- $20,000 = Port Moody Lacrosse Association
- $20,000 = Rocky Point Sailing Association
- $12,000 = Inlet Rowing Club
- $7,000 = PMT Lacrosse Association
- $4,000 = Yarilo Contemporary Music Society
- $2,500 = Creative Dance Association