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2022 Provincial Grants for Valley Non-Profits (Arts, Culture, Sports Access) – LOCAL REACTION

Victoria/Fraser Valley – Community grants for not-for-profit organizations in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland will help deliver services so people can be more active, creative and culturally connected.

“People’s lives are enhanced by the sports, arts and cultural programming that not-for-profit organizations offer throughout British Columbia,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Healthy, vibrant communities are key to a healthy, vibrant province and these grants are one way our government is helping people in communities thrive.”

The B.C. government is supporting 392 not-for-profit organizations in the Valley and Lower Mainland that are focused on arts and culture, with more than $11.5 million in Community Gaming Grants. The funding will help people participate in a range of activities, such as theatre and music, as well as access cultural centres and museums.

Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission – “Sports and recreation play a huge role in the lives of kids here in Abbotsford and Mission, helping them socialize, exercise, learn teamwork and achieve their goals and dreams. Our government understands the importance of kids’ sport, and that’s why we help fund all kinds of sports associations across the province, from minor hockey to lacrosse to swim club.”

Christina Reid is the Executive Director for Heritage Abbotsford:

“Not for Profit, or “NFP”, literally means that organizations like ours do not make a profit. For example, you can visit Trethewey House for free, and paid programming and sales cost as much to run as you pay us to participate. Most Canadian not for profits rely heavily on grants to be able to afford special projects like exhibits and special events. Some grants exist because of the taxes you pay, but many come from other avenues of fundraising. BC Community Charitable Gaming, for example, funds NFPs and charities through the proceeds of gaming.

It’s really very difficult to find grants that will pay for operations (as opposed to projects). That means that while Heritage Abbotsford Society has a beautiful collection and a historic house to display it in, were it not for BC Gaming, we could not pay the wages for a person to preserve the collection, a curator to build an exhibit, a tour guide to show our visitors the exhibit, or a program manager to develop curriculum to support it. This is why we are so thankful for the funding we receive through the BC Community Charitable Gaming program. BCCCG play a major part in keeping our doors open.”

Grants include:

Abbotsford:

Abbotsford Arts Council Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $31,350.00
Abbotsford International Airshow Society Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $75,000.00
Abbotsford Gallery 7 Theatre and Performing Arts Society Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $46,000.00
Abbotsford Heritage Abbotsford Society Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $42,000.00
Abbotsford Valley Festival Singers Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $5,500.00
Abbotsford Agrifair Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $80,000.00
Abbotsford Community Music School Society Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $4,000.00
Aldergrove Agricultural Fair and Festival Association Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $16,500.00

Chilliwack

Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack Historical Society Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $22,000.00
Chilliwack & District Agricultural Society Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $51,500.00
Chilliwack Museum & Historical Society Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $24,400.00
Chilliwack School of Performing Arts Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $17,500.00
Chilliwack Youth Orchestra Society Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $4,600.00
The Chilliwack Academy of Music Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $28,000.00
Yarrow Choral and Performing Arts Society Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $6,000.00
Chilliwack-Kent Cascadia Wind Ensemble Society Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $4,200.00
Chilliwack-Kent Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival Society Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $13,000.00
Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra Community Gaming Grant Arts and Culture $19,500.00

Abbotsford-Mission MLA Pam Alexis

From Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon MLA

Great news for Sports & Arts in #Chilliwack and #Kent today as Community Gaming Grants are released. Community grants for not-for-profit organizations will support art, culture, and sports access right here in our community:

🏉 Over $495,000 to local Sports sector organizations

🎭 More than $190,000 for local Arts & Culture organizations

Congratulations to our 23 Sports and Arts & Culture groups who do so much to make our community great!!

Read about the grants and see a list of recipients

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022MUNI0052-001864

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