New West sports and arts groups get gaming funds

Local arts and sports organizations are getting a helping hand from the provincial government.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has announced that more than 700 not-for- profit organizations throughout the province are receiving approximately $18.3 million to deliver opportunities for people of all ages to participate in visual and performing arts, literature and festivals, as well as Indigenous and cultural programs. It’s also providing about $27 million to more than 800 sports sector organizations in 2019-20.

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"These programs bring people together, fostering community connections through art, cultural programming and athletic activities for all ages and abilities," Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, said in a press release. "Our government is proud to support organizations contributing to vibrant, healthy communities across B.C."

According to the province, the Community Gaming Grants program provides up to $140 million to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations in British Columbia each year.

New West-based arts organizations receiving gaming grants are: Arts Council of New Westminster – $30,650; Massey Theatre Society – $60,000; Patrick Street Productions Society – $25,500; Royal City Musical Theatre Society – $36,250; Royal City Youth Ballet Company Society – $14,000; Savage Production Society – $10,000; and  VAYA Youth Arts Society – $23,000.

On the sports front, several New West-based organizations are also receiving gaming grants from the province: British Columbia 5 Pin Bowlers Association – $20,000; British Columbia Deaf Sports Federation – $86,500; Douglas College Centre for Sport, Recreation and Wellness – $36,000; New Westminster Minor Hockey Association – $70,000; New Westminster Minor Lacrosse Association – $61,000; Royal City Hyacks Football Club – $20,000; Royal City Track and Field Society – $15,000; and West Side Minor Football League – $47,500.

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