RICHMOND – The Richmond Addiction Services Society has received $100,000 in funding from the provincial government through the Community Gaming Grant program to support families affected by parental mental illness and addictions.

“We are extremely pleased that Richmond Addiction Services Society and the Supporting Families Affected by Parental Mental Illness and Addictions community table have again received this incredibly important funding.  Without this funding and support, the Richmond community would lose very important services and support to really resilient children, youth, parents and their entire families.  This funding is a part of the funding that Vancouver Coastal Health, the Ministry for Children and Family Development, Richmond Addiction Services Society, Chimo community services, Touchstone Family Association, Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Canadian Mental Health Association – Vancouver Burnaby Branch, Richmond School District, Richmond Library and Pathways Clubhouse contribute to each year.  Importantly, Richmond Youth Services Association and Richmond Society for Community Living have now become partners.  It is a perfect example of how community programming can function together,” said Executive Director of the Richmond Addiction Services Society Richard Dubras.

This grant has been 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 Arts and Culture, Public Safety, and Environment.

This latest round of funding is through the Human and Social Services intake. Grants through this intake are used for programs that significantly contribute to the quality of life in the community, including assisting the disadvantaged or distressed, promoting health, or enhancing opportunities for youth.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit over 5,000 local non-profit 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.