The money is rolling into not-for-profit Quesnel pockets from casinos and lotteries.
Grants from the provincial gaming industry are usually in small amounts dolled out to charitable causes across BC, but they are priceless in their impact on these grassroots groups.
The latest round of gaming grant recipients was announced, and Quesnel sports teams, arts endeavours and cultural groups were plentiful on the list. Some will acquire substantial sums of money from their applications.
The roster includes:
Quesnel Art Gallery Society – $25,000
Quesnel Billy Barker Days Society – $10,000
Quesnel Live Arts Society – $7,500
Island Mountain Arts Society – $27,000
Wells Historical Society – $5,000
Cariboo Ski-Touring Club – $19,200
Lightning Creek Ski Club – $15,000
North Cariboo Gymkhana Society – $2,500
Quesnel Figure Skating Club – $29,000
Quesnel Technics Gymnastic Club – $24,200
Quesnel Curling Club – $12,500
Quesnel and District Minor Hockey Association – $63,500
Quesnel Ringette Association – $14,250
Quesnel Youth Soccer Association – $53,000
Quesnel Girls Softball Association – $8,000
Additionally, a number of School District 28 parent advisory councils were also named as recipients of new gaming grants.
They include: the Parent Support Group of St. Ann’s School, as well as those of Red Bluff, Wells-Barkerville, Dragon Lake, Voyageur Elementary, Bouchie Lake Elementary, Barlow Creek, Carson Elementary, and Horsefly Elementary Junior Secondary Parent Advisory Council. They each received between $2,000-$6,000.
Larger amounts were announced for Quesnel Junior School Parent Advisory Council ($9,920) and Correlieu Secondary School ($13,820).
“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.”
Provincewide, 790 not-for-profit organizations focused on sports will receive nearly $28-million while 717 not-for-profit organizations focused on arts and culture will receive more than $20-million in these Community Gaming Grants.
“The BCACG is delighted that post-pandemic applications for gaming funding for both arts and culture and sports organizations rebounded in 2022, as groups were again able to present programming in their communities,” said Caroline Miller, chair of the BC Association for Charitable Gaming. “The BCACG presented numerous workshops for applicants, assisting them in preparing their applications for review and funding. Over 1,800 applications were submitted and reviewed by gaming branch staff, assuring more robust programming in communities across BC in 2023.”