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More than $1M to 45 Tri-Cities organizations via B.C. gaming grants

The funding is set to help more local residents access everyday needs like food banks, mental health supports and wellbeing services.
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Some of the latest round of B.C. gaming grants are set to benefit Tri-Cities food banks in helping them provide more for local residents in need.

The Tri-Cities is set to expand on special services for regional residents thanks to a new slate of gaming grants.

The province has awarded more than $1 million to a total of 45 organizations and non-profit groups as means to further provide more accessibility to needs like food, health and community initiatives.

This includes money for local food banks, children and youth programs, mental health and well-being supports, among others.

"Since the start of the [COVID-19] pandemic, not-for-profit organizations in the health and social services sector have worked tirelessly to provide supports and services that people in our community rely on daily," explains Coquitlam-Burke Mountain MLA Fin Donnelly in a news release sent to the Tri-City News.

Donnelly was part of a joint announcement alongside MLAs Mike Farnworth (Port Coquitlam), Rick Glumac (Port Moody-Coquitlam) and Selina Robinson (Coquitlam-Maillardville).

"We're fortunate to have so many amazing not-for-profit organizations in our community that offer vital supports and services to people," adds Robinson.

"I’m glad to know that our government is committed to supporting a wide range of organizations that make life better for everyone."

B.C.'s latest funding distribution stems from the Community Gaming Grants program. The Tri-Cities' total funding this time is exactly $1,009,350.

This year, the provincial government says it's expected to provide $61 million to nearly 1,400 human and social services organizations. The grants also fund arts, culture and sport, public safety and environmental conservation, and parent and district parent advisory councils in schools.

For more information on gaming grants, you're encouraged to visit the B.C. government's website.

The full list of Tri-Cities organizations is as follows (in no particular order): 

Crossroads Hospice Society


Low Entropy Foundation


Low Entropy Foundation


SHARE Family and Community Services Society


Tri-City Family Place Society


808 Coquitlam Squadron Sponsoring Committee


Children's House Montessori Pre-School Society


Do What U Luv Foundation


Evening Optimist Club of Coquitlam


Immigrant Link Centre Society


Kid's Cottage Daycare Society


Kinsight Community Society


Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam


Little Neighbours Preschool Society


Scouts Canada - 12th Coquitlam


Scouts Canada - 1st Ranch Park


Scouts Francophones de la Colombie-Britannique


Societe Place Maillardville Society


Talitha Koum Society


B.C. Pets & Friends


British Columbia Hands and Voices Association


Cedar Drive Preschool Society


Kiddies Korner Preschool Society


La Societe Francophone Les P'tits Lutins


Port Coquitlam Daycare Society


Port Coquitlam Royal Purple Lodge #10


Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam Centennial


Scouts Canada - 10th Coquitlam


Scouts Canada - 13th Burnaby Ismaili Scout Group


Scouts Canada - 18th Seymour


Scouts Canada - 1st Port Coquitlam


Scouts Canada - 9th Port Coquitlam Group


The Air Cadet League of Canada 777 Neptune Squadron Sponsoring Committee


Friendly Forest Preschool Association


Scouts Canada - 1st Anmore


Association of Neighbourhood Houses - Sasamat Outdoor Centre


Canadian Federation of University Women - Coquitlam


Scouts Canada - 1st Coquitlam Scout Group


Scouts Canada - 1st Glenayre


Scouts Canada - 5th Coquitlam


Step By Step Child Development Society


754 Phoenix Squadron Sponsoring Committee


BizKids Practical Education Assn


Camp Jubilee Society


Rotary Club of Port Moody