New West PACs take $160k in gambling grants

Nearly $160,000 is going toward New Westminster PACs from this year’s community gaming grants.

The community gaming grants come from B.C. government revenue from casinos and other provincially regulated gambling and go toward non-profit organizations. That includes PACs, which must comply with annual reporting requirements to receive the grants.

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PAC funding is based on student enrolment at the start of the previous school year, according to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, which said the funding was set at $20 per student for this school year. DPACs receive a flat rate at $2,500 per year.

Here’s the breakdown of the funding in New West:

  • Connaught Heights PAC - $3,220
  • F.W. Howay PAC - $2,440
  • Fraser River Middle PAC - $10,000
  • Glenbrook Middle PAC - $12,960
  • Herbert Spencer PAC - $9,580
  • Lord Kelvin PAC - $9,160
  • Lord Tweedsmuir PAC - $7,140
  • New Westminster Homelearners PAC - $2,460
  • New West Secondary PAC - $54,580
  • Qayqayt Elementary PAC - $10,240
  • Richard McBride PAC - $8,680
  • Urban Academy parent auxiliary - $4,180
  • Queen Elizabeth PAC - $8,860
  • Queensborough MIddle PAC - $6,400
  • New West DPAC - $2,500

“PACs work hard to provide extracurricular activities to students in every community,” said New West MLA Judy Darcy. “To the volunteers ensuring every child has an opportunity to learn and play, thank you.”

PAC funding helps fund a variety of extracurricular activities, including field trips, sports, music, playground equipment and writing and debate competitions.

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