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Coast hockey, swimming, lacrosse groups receive gambling grants

790 Community Gaming Grants delivered for sports in B.C. totalling $28 million
SCMHA players at the Gibsons arena (File photo).

Three Sechelt-based sporting groups are among 153 sports non-profits on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast receiving community gaming grants this year. 

At $40,000, the Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association received the largest grant, followed by the Chinook Swim Club, which received $13,500. The Sunshine Coast Lacrosse Association received $5,000. 

153 Community Gaming Grants were delivered for sports on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, totalling nearly $4.2 million. Provincewide, 790 organizations received approximately $28 million. 

Arts and culture organizations are also recipients of community grants derived from BCLC income – for a total of $140 million. 

BC Association for Charitable Gaming (BCACG) Chair Croline Miller said in a Dec. 8 release that more than 1,800 applications were submitted. 

“The BCACG is delighted that post-pandemic applications for gaming funding for both arts and culture and sports organizations rebounded in 2022, as groups were again able to present programming in their communities,” she said. 

The province derives the funding from a portion of British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) net income, generated from gambling.

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