Search and Rescue get financial boost

Three local groups that work hard to keep the public safe are being recognized with community gaming grants totaling $86,500

  • Dec. 20, 2013 4:00 p.m.

Three local groups that work hard to keep the public safe are being recognized with community gaming grants totaling $86,500.

Organizations receiving grants include: Shuswap Volunteer Search & Rescue Society in the amount of $43,000, Shuswap Lifeboat Society (Sicamous) for $28,500 and the South Shuswap First Responders Association (Blind Bay) for $15,000.

“Shuswap residents love their outdoor activities, and it’s reassuring to know these groups are there to lend a hand in times of danger,” says Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo. “I’d like to thank all of the dedicated volunteers who often risk their own safety to protect others.”

These grants are awarded under the Public Safety category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues. Gaming grants are also awarded in the categories of sport, human and social services, environment, and arts and culture.

In the 2012/13 fiscal year, the B.C. government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.

For organizations interested in applying for community gaming grants, full application information can be found at www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.