Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association received a Community Gaming Grant along with a number of other sports organizations and arts and culture groups. Photo: Jim Bailey

Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association received a Community Gaming Grant along with a number of other sports organizations and arts and culture groups. Photo: Jim Bailey

Gaming grants support Greater Trail arts and sporting groups

About $420,000 will go to 20 arts and culture, and sporting organizations in West Kootenay

A number of Greater Trail groups will benefit from the BC Community Gaming Grant.

Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West, says the New Democrat government’s grants for local not-for-profit organizations will support arts and culture, and sports organizations, enriching the lives of community members.

“Sports, arts and culture are what make our cities and towns into vibrant communities,” said Conroy in a release.

“These local organizations work hard to keep us active, learning and engaged. I’m glad that we’re able to continue supporting their efforts to make our days brighter.”

Organizations receiving sports funding include the Black Jack Cross Country Ski Society, Red Mountain Racers, West Kootenay Timberwolves Lacrosse Society, the Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association, Trail Gymnastics Society, Special Olympics BC-Trail, Greater Trail Swim Racing Society, and the Beaver Valley Skating Club.

For arts and culture the Rossland Historical Museum and Archives and the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture, as well as the Greater Trail Creative Activities Centre earned a grant.

This year, nearly $420,000 for 20 organizations in Kootenay West is part of over $43M being distributed to nearly 1,400 arts, culture and sport sector organizations across the province.

The number is down slightly from the $45M awarded in 2020 funding, when the government tried to augment losses due to COVID-19, as most organizations cancelled seasons and cultural events.

The arts and culture stream supports groups like choirs, arts councils, theatre companies, musicians, art galleries, and organizations that promote and celebrate diverse cultures from around the world.

The sports stream supports local sports organizations in all kinds of sports for people of all ages and abilities.

The Community Gaming Grants Program distributes up to $140 million worth of grants annually to not-for-profit organizations across British Columbia that improve and enrich the lives of people and communities.

These include sports, arts, environmental, quality of life, and health and safety organizations.

Read: Gaming grants give boost to Greater Trail arts, culture and sports



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