A total of 11 qathet region arts and culture and sports organizations have received community gaming grants from the province, totalling $277,900.
According to a media release from the province, community gaming grants are supporting people to be more active and creative.
“Arts, culture and sports organizations provide us with opportunities to bring us all together to keep us healthy and active,” stated Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons. “We’re so fortunate to have organizations on the Sunshine Coast that strengthen our communities. I’m happy we’re able to continue supporting all of their work, and I am looking forward to attending a game or performance with everyone again.”
In the arts and culture sector, Malaspina Art Society received $6,000. Pacific Region International Summer Music Association (PRISMA) received $28,600. Powell River Academy of Music was the recipient of $30,000. Powell River Council for Arts and Culture was granted $23,000. Powell River Film Society was given $14,000. Townsite Heritage Society of Powell River received $23,000.
In the sports category, Powell River Curling Club was granted $9,200. Powell River Gymnastics Society received $44,300. Powell River Kings Hockey Club Society was the recipient of $15,000. Powell River Minor Hockey Association was given $55,000. Powell River Youth Soccer Association was granted $29,800.
“Activities that engage people of all ages to play sports, enjoy arts programs and celebrate cultural festivities are at the heart of BC’s thriving and resilient communities,” stated minister of municipal affairs Josie Osborne. “Community gaming grants continue to provide critical funding for these community-based programs that support British Columbians and help them make strong community connections.”
The province is supporting more than 650 not-for-profit arts organizations with approximately $18.2 million in community gaming grants to provide a range of programs and services to support people as BC moves toward economic recovery, the release stated. People can participate in diverse arts and cultural experiences, from performing arts, music, and media arts programs, to Indigenous and cultural events.
“We know that arts, culture and sport are critical to our collective mental health, and they make our communities stronger and more vibrant,” stated minister of tourism, arts, culture and sport Melanie Mark. “These grants are game changers. Our government believes in providing people access to art, cultural and sporting activities because it strengthens our sense of belonging and diversity across BC.”