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December 15, 2023 at 2:19 pm  Politics, Provincial

SAANICH – New Democrat MLA Lana Popham says local organizations and parent advisory councils will be able to support young artists and extracurricular activities thanks to over $405,000 in Community Gaming Grants funding.  This round of funding is from the Community Gaming Grants program’s arts and culture stream and parent advisory council and district parent advisory council (PAC/DPAC) stream.

“Saanich South is a small community with a big heart, and that’s clear from the amount of volunteer-led organizations we have serving our community,” said Lana Popham, MLA for Saanich South. “These grants will give an extra funding boost to some of the organizations and people working so hard in our community.”

In Saanich South, 12 organizations are receiving almost $240,000 in funding to support arts and culture, including:

  • Victoria Shakespeare Society, $23,100
  • British Columbia Museums Association, $52,500
  • Victoria Arts Council, $44,500
  • La Société Francophone de Victoria, $37,500

Sixteen parent advisory councils/district parent advisory councils are receiving almost $170,000 in funding to support extracurricular events, activities and equipment, including:

  • South Island Distance Education Schools (SIDES) PAC, $38,060
  • Spectrum Community School PAC, $23,020
  • Claremont Parents Association, $21,000
  • Royal Oak Middle School PAC, $11,340

More than $18.2 million in new funding will go to over 650 organizations to support arts and culture across the province.

More than 1,300 parent advisory councils and district parent advisory councils will also receive over $11.2 million to support extracurricular activities throughout British Columbia.

Learn more:

Arts and Culture funding stream: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023MUNI0055-001993

PAC and DPAC funding stream: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023MUNI0053-001975

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