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Province Tops Up Community Gaming Grants

Victoria – Provincial gaming grants are controversial in name alone, but that money is available to fund non-profit organizations (community, sport, art and culture) such as the Alano Clubs in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, Community Services in both areas and other groups.

To give you an idea of the magnitude of this program and who gets the money, click here.

The B.C. government is providing an additional $5 million to the Community Gaming Grants program, bringing the annual total to $140 million. This annual funding supports not-for-profit organizations in the services they provide to enrich communities throughout British Columbia.

The new funding will be dedicated to capital projects with a total cost of over $20,000, undertaken by eligible not-for-profit agencies. (in the case of the Chilliwack Alano club, in 2016 it was a security fence) Eligibility criteria for capital projects within the Community Gaming Grants program and the timing of the first intake period will be finalized and made public before the end of this fiscal year.

Every year, more than 5,000 not-for-profit organizations share in community gaming grant funding provided by the Government of British Columbia. Eligible organizations apply for grants in six categories: arts and culture, sport, environment, human and social services, public safety and parent advisory councils (including district parent advisory councils).

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –

“The government recognizes the contributions of B.C.’s not-for-profit organizations and is proud to now be in a position to invest $140 million each year in the Community Gaming Grants program. This boost in funding further supports the work of organizations throughout the province and across the sectors – whether in human and social services, public safety, environment, arts, sports and parent advisory councils – and builds a stronger B.C. for us all.”

Shawn Bellamy, chair, BC Association for Charitable Gaming –

“Our membership of charities, groups and not-for-profit organizations will welcome this new funding from the Province for community gaming grants. This support for capital projects, following the implementation of improved grant application guidelines demonstrates the collaborative efforts of our relationship and the willingness of the Province to improve the Community Gaming Grants Program towards excellence.”

Quick Facts:

  • Beginning in fiscal year 2017-18, the Government of British Columbia will commit $140 million to the annual Community Gaming Grants program.
  • More than 5,000 not-for-profit organizations, representing communities throughout British Columbia, benefit from community gaming grants every year to directly deliver approved programs in their communities.
  • Eligible organizations apply for gaming grant funding in one of the following six sectors: arts and culture; sport; environment; public safety; human and social services; and parent advisory councils/district parent advisory councils.
  • Community gaming grants help foster a high quality of life in B.C. communities by supporting diverse programming responsive to local needs and issues, such as: youth sports teams, performing arts, cultural festivals and fairs, restorative justice initiatives, volunteer fire departments, search and rescue services, wildlife shelters, nature reserves, food banks, transition houses, hospices, drop-in centres, daycares, and enhancements to K-12 students’ extracurricular opportunities.

Learn More:

To apply for a B.C. community gaming grant, visit:

Learn more about the Government of British Columbia’s role in supporting sport, arts and culture through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development at:

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