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NDP MLAs say grants will support local nonprofits in Greater Victoria

April 24, 2024 at 10:36 am  Politics, Provincial

SAANICH – New Democrat MLAs Grace Lore, Murray Rankin, Ravi Parmar, and Lana Popham say local nonprofit organizations are receiving funding to support their work as they continue serving the community.

“Local theatre brings people together, shares important stories, and supports artists in our community and beyond,” said Grace Lore, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. “These upgrades we’re helping fund for the Belfry will help the theatre continue to bring amazing works to audiences in the community with newer and better equipment.”

In Victoria, Saanich and the Westshore, the following nonprofits received funding for capital projects:

  • Athletics Victoria Track and Field Society, $15,000 for a throwing infrastructure enhancement project (Saanich)
  • Belfry Theatre Society, $25,000 for electrical lighting upgrades (Victoria)
  • Greater Victoria Horseshoe Pitching Association, $29,435 for flat roof removal and replacement (Saanich)
  • Highland Hertiage Park Society, $20,000 for replacements and repairs at Gregory House (Highlands)
  • Lakehill Soccer Association, $250,000 for the Braefoot Park turf field replacement (Saanich)
  • Shelbourne Community Kitchen Society, $89,691 to equip the commercial kitchen (Saanich)
  • Sooke Family Resource Society, $24,856 for a computer replacement project (Sooke)

“Within our community, many organizations are tirelessly working to make a difference. The Sooke Family Resource Society and the Highland Park Heritage Society, both of which we’re backing, exemplify this dedication. They will undoubtedly play pivotal roles in fostering positive change,” said Ravi Parmar, MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca.

This year, $5.2 million in Community Gaming Grants will be shared among 62 organizations for capital projects that will improve quality of life in B.C. communities.

The funding is part of $140 million provided annually through Community Gaming Grants to not-for-profit organizations throughout B.C. These grants help approximately 5,000 organizations to deliver ongoing programs and services in their communities.

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“The Greater Victoria Horseshoe Pitching Association describes themselves as one of the best kept secrets around town, and I have to agree, they are a hidden gem! With this funding, more people of all ages and stages will be able to enjoy the fun,” said Lana Popham, MLA for Saanich South.

“Athletics bring people together, especially students and youth. They challenge themselves, celebrate each other, enhance their talents and their self-confidence,” said Murray Rankin, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. “This funding for the Athletics Victoria Track and Field Society in my constituency will help improve vital infrastructure to better serve athletes at all levels for years to come.”

Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/30748

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