TUMBLER RIDGE – Families in Tumbler Ridge will be receiving $17,500 to improve childcare and recreation opportunities in the South Peace through the BC Government’s Community Gaming Grants Program.
The Tumbler Ridge Children’s Centre Society will receive $17,500 to fund daycare, preschool, and out-of-school care in the community. The society is a non-profit organization with the goal of providing children with a safe, happy learning environment in a variety of childcare programs to the community of Tumbler Ridge.
“Our quality of life in the South Peace is tremendously improved from the good work of these community organizations,” said Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier. “These grants will benefit the broader community with increased childcare services and recreation opportunities for families in our region.”
A smaller grant was also awarded at the same time to the McLeod Recreation and Social Services Society. They received $5000 for their maintenance and operational equipment program assisting the society to provide more access for the residents of Progress the use of their facilities. They operate a variety of recreational facilities including a curling rink, an outdoor skating rink, and meeting space for organizations like the local Quilters Club.
The grants were awarded under the Human and Social Services 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 Public Safety, Environment, and Arts and Culture.
In the 2012/13 fiscal year, the BC government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.