Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

People throughout British Columbia will continue to enjoy community arts, culture and sport activities boosted through B.C.’s annual Community Gaming Grants.

“These programs are the heartbeat of our communities, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the joy of creative and performing arts and a wide range of organized sports and activities,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government is proud to support arts, culture and sport programs that encourage creativity, cultural exchange and the many health benefits of physical activities.”

Over 700 not-for-profit organizations around the province are receiving approximately $18 million to deliver performing arts, literature, heritage and cultural programs for people of all ages.

The Province is also providing approximately $27.5 million to more than 850 sport sector organizations in 2018-19. These programs create opportunities for people who would not otherwise be able to participate and who can benefit from organized, competitive physical activities in their community.

“Participation in amateur sports and specialty athletics provides significant social and physical benefits to British Columbians of all ages,” says Brian McCalder, CEO of British Columbia Amateur Athletics Association. “The support we receive from the Community Gaming Grants program is essential to our work to promote, encourage and develop the widest participation and the highest proficiency in the sport of athletics.”

The Community Gaming Grants program provides up to $140 million to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations in British Columbia each year.