RICHMOND – Twenty-six social service groups in Richmond are getting a boost of more than $840,000 thanks to the province’s community gaming grant program.

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.

“These organizations identify needs in our community and work hard to fill them—contributing to healthier neighbourhoods,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “Their programs and services make a real difference in people’s lives, and we’re happy to support them.”

“I’m particularly pleased to see a $50,000 grant support the work of the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre Association, which is marking its 40th year of operation,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “This organization has been caring for local women since 1976, and these funds will help them continue that work.”

“These grants support these organizations’ hard-working staff and tireless volunteers, who give their time and energy to make life better for others,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “We thank them for their caring, compassionate service to people in need in our community.”

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 https://www.gaming.gov.bc.ca/.