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BC grants to help boost local community organizations in Stikine

The Community Gaming Grants will help deliver programs that improve people’s quality of life
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Myung Lee, executive director of Smithers Community Services. The SCSA will receive $37,500 in gaming grants this year. (Submitted photo)

Social services organizations in northern British Columbia will be getting a huge boost thanks to Community Gaming Grants.

Nearly $61 million in grants will support various non-profit organizations throughout the province, including local organizations in Stikine, in delivering vital programs that improve people’s quality of life, according to a press release.

“Local organizations in northern communities especially are such a vital channel for people to access programs and services they need,” said Nathan Cullen, MLA for Stikine.

This year’s $61 million in social services funding comes out of the annual $140 million that is distributed to non-profit organizations in B.C.

Gaming grants also support arts, culture and sports programs among other things.

Five organizations in Stikine will be receiving almost $185,000 in funding for human and social services, such as providing public outreach and education to under-served groups.

“I’m thrilled to see non-profits like the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre receive Community Gaming Grants to continue their ongoing important work they do for this community,” Cullen said.

The Dze l K’ant Friendship Centre Society will receive $80,800 in funding.

Other organizations receiving funding from the grants include:

Smithers Community Services Association: $37,500

Northern Society for Domestic Peace: $32,000

Stewart Community Connections Society: $20,000

Treehouse Housing Association: $14,350



About the Author: Alexander Vaz, Local Journalism Initiative

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