Two organizations in Williams Lake are receiving Community Gaming Grants totalling $51,400, Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes and Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett announced today.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Gymnastic Association will receive $35,400 for a gymnastics instruction program. The Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo will receive $16,000 under the arts and culture category to assist with costs for their event.

“This funding will go to good use helping the Cariboo Chilcotin Gymnastic Association provide lessons to more youth in Williams Lake and surrounding region,” Barnett said. “And the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo will benefit from these grants helping them put on an even better show next year.”

“This distribution of gaming grants truly demonstrate the diversity of community programming offered in Williams Lake,” Oakes said. “From rodeos, health and safety initatives, to arts and crafts groups, all eligible organizations should apply for gaming grants to support their work in the community.”

These grants are awarded under the Sport and the Arts and Culture categories of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming grants are also awarded in the categories of Public Safety, Environment and Human and Social Services.

In the 2012/13 fiscal year, our government contributed $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.