RICHMOND – Three local organizations have received $280,000 in community gaming grants from the provincial government, supporting programs which focus on local public safety.

Organizations receiving grants:

  • The British Columbia Search and Rescue Association – $250,000 for its search and rescue operations.
  • The Strait of Georgia Marine Rescue Society – $20,000 for its marine search and rescue operations in the Pacific region.
  • The Greater Vancouver Medical Assistance and Services Team Society – $10,000 for its Community Volunteer First Aid Program.

“It’s important to make sure all British Columbians are safe and well-protected,” said Richmond-East MLA Linda Reid. “I am glad our government is supporting these organizations to carry on the mission of public safety and education.”

“Our province is located on the west coast of the country with the beautiful continental coastline on the Pacific Ocean,” said Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap. “These fundings will go a long way towards ensuring marine safety and rescue operations.”

The Community Gaming Grant Program allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues. This latest round is through the Public Safety intake, which supports public safety initiatives along with disaster relief and emergency preparedness, such as restorative justice projects and search and rescue programs.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming. Applications for programs that fall under the Human and Social Services intake are being currently being accepted until February 28, 2015.