RICHMOND – Eight social service groups in Richmond are getting a boost of $542,500 thanks to the province’s community gaming grant program.

Organizations receiving grants:

  • ALS Society of B.C. – $166,500
  • Richmond Centre for Disability – $100,000
  • Chimo Community Services Society – $75,000
  • Glen Eden School Society – $60,000
  • Richmond Chinatown Lions Club Society – $50,000
  • Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association – $40,000
  • Vancouver Pacific Lions Club – $39,000
  • The Sharing Farm Society – $12,000

“Groups like the ALS Society of B.C. provide important services to those managing such a difficult diagnosis, including caregiving and equipment loans,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “These funds also support their important public outreach and awareness campaigns.”

“It’s so important that we create an inclusive society for those living with disabilities,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “From therapeutic riding, to school supports, to tools for independent living– these organizations are making a real difference in the lives of these individuals and their families.”

“Groups like Chimo Community Services Society and our Lions Clubs promote important values like community spirit and social engagement, while the Sharing Farm Society helps nourish local families,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “A big thank-you to those behind the scenes who put their time and energy toward improving people’s lives in Richmond.”

These grants are 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 from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Sport, Arts and Culture, Public Safety, and Environment.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at www.gaming.gov.bc.ca.