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'Vital' Sunshine Coast community services receive $600,000 in funding

MLA Nicholas Simons 'pleased' with Community Gaming Grants program enabling 21 local non-profits

Twenty-one Sunshine Coast community services are receiving part of the $600,000 the Community Gaming Grants program is investing in the Powell River-Sunshine Coast region, MLA Nicholas Simons announced on July 13.  

Of the 21, a dozen are based on the lower Sunshine Coast for a total of $383,700. The Sunshine Coast Community Services Society is receiving $117,400 from the grant, and the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society will see $90,000. $17,900 is going to the Mountainview Court Services Society.

The Sunshine Coast Resource Centre is listed to receive $45,500, followed by $40,000 for the Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society. 

The Pender Harbour Community School Society is slated for $20,000. The Sechelt Community Schools Society is set to get $17,000. The Little Flower Child Care Society (Sechelt) and the Jack & Jill Parent Participation Preschool Society (Gibsons) will both see $8,500 each. 

The Roberts Creek Community Association is slated for $10,000, Scouts Canada – 6th Roberts Creek Scout Group will see $3,300, and the La societe pre-maternelle Les Petits du Pacifique is receiving $5,600. 

Of the funding, Simons said, “Local organizations offer many opportunities for growth, learning, and support to people on the Sunshine Coast. I’m pleased that local non-profits up and down the Coast are receiving funding that will enable them to continue their work, so we can keep working together to strengthen our communities.” 

The $600,000 injection is part of the $61 million in grants the NDP government plans to distribute to 1,364 human and social service organizations in the province, the press release states. The Community Gaming Grants provide $140 million to not-for-profit organizations in B.C. on an annual basis.