Economic recovery in every corner of the province, including the Tri-Cities, is the basis for the B.C. government's latest round of grant approvals in its arts, culture and sport sector.
A total of 43 regional non-profits are set to receive a combined $1,655,650 piece of the community gaming grant distribution pie via B.C.'s ministry of municipal affairs.
The goal is to support local residents in getting both "active and creative" as each year, commercial gaming revenue helps essential government programs and services like health care, education and social services.
The Tri-Cities is getting $379,750 for local arts and culture groups as well as $1,275,900 for sports organizations across Anmore, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.
"Activities that engage people of all ages to play sports, enjoy arts programs and celebrate cultural festivities are at the heart of B.C.’s thriving and resilient communities," says B.C. municipal affairs minister Josie Osborne in a release today (Oct. 27).
"Community Gaming Grants continue to provide critical funding for these community-based programs that support British Columbians and help them make strong community connections."
In total, the province is handing out $18.2 million in community gaming grants to arts and culture groups, and $24.9 million to sports associations and groups.
The Tri-Cities' recipients of each set of grants are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):
ARTS AND CULTURE
- Coquitlam Heritage Society = $34,500
- Coquitlam Youth Orchestra = $4,500
- Les Echos Du Pacifique = $10,000
- Phoenix Vocal and Performing Society = $20,000
- re:Naissance Opera = $9,500
- Societe francophone de Maillardville = $90,000
- Theatrix Youtheatre Society = $38,000
- Art Focus Artists' Association = $3,600
- Coastal Sound Music Academy Society = $49,000
- The Maple Leaf Singers = $10,000
- The Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society = $5,650
- The Westcoast Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines = $8,000
- DreamRider Productions Society = $65,000
- Port Moody Heritage Society = $28,000
- Yarilo Contemporary Music Society = $4,000
- Coquitlam-Moody Ringette Association = $20,000
- B.C. Aquasonics Synchronized Swim Club = $23,500
- Caprice Artistic Swim Club = $12,500
- Coquitlam Ducks Volleyball Club = $22,500
- Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club = $100,000
- Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association = $100,000
- Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association = $57,200
- Coquitlam Minor Softball Association = $22,000
- Coquitlam Skating Club = $100,000
- Special Olympics British Columbia Society - Coquitlam = $15,000
- The Coquitlam Lions Water Polo Association = $18,000
- The Coquitlam Sharks Aquatic Club = $56,000
- United Rugby Club = $11,000
- Association of Port Coquitlam FC = $100,000
- Port Coquitlam Marlins Summer Swim Club = $24,000
- Port Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association = $90,000
- Port Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association = $35,000
- Port Coquitlam/Ridge Meadows Ringette Association = $36,000
- Tri Cities Female Ice Hockey Association = $48,000
- Tri-City Minor Softball Association = $7,000
- West Coast Junior Lacrosse League = $77,000
- Coast Wrestling Society = $20,000
- Inlet Rowing Club = $14,500
- Inlet Skating Club of Port Moody = $61,700
- Port Moody Amateur Hockey Association = $75,000
- Port Moody Lacrosse Association = $20,000
- Port Moody Soccer Club = $90,000
- Rocky Point Sailing Association = $20,000