Arrowsmith Search and Rescue was a recipient of a community gaming grant from the province of British Columbia this year, to the tune of $96,000. (News file photo)

Community gaming grants for six mid-Vancouver Island not-for-profits

Environmental, public safety service organizations get a boost

Six not-for-profit organizations in mid-Vancouver Island are receiving a combined total of $201,550 in funding through B.C.’s Community Gaming Grants program.

The program takes commercial gambling revenue and uses it to fund key services in communities around the province.

“These organizations, many of them rescue societies, help make sure people in our community are safe,” said MLA for Mid-Island Pacific Rim Scott Fraser in a release.

“These grants will help ensure people continue to have access to these important services.”

This years’ receipients of grants under the umbrella of public safety and environment are:

Alberni Valley Rescue Squad: $40,000

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Society: $96,000

Bamfield Volunteer Fire Department: $15,000

Broombusters invasive Plant Society: $17,800

Lighthouse Country Marine Rescue Society Unit 59: $12,750

Port Alberni Marine Rescue Society: $20,000

This year the province provided approximately $5.6 million to organizations in the public safety sector, and approximately $4.6 million to organizations in the environmental sector.

– News Staff, Submitted

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