SURREY – Surrey New Democrat MLAs are welcoming $374,000 in funding for eight not-for-profit organizations in Surrey. The organizations, which offer public safety and environmental programs, are receiving the funds through the Community Gaming Grants program.
The recipients of the community grant funding are the Surrey Crime Prevention Society, the B.C. Wildlife Federation, the B.C. Conservation Foundation, the Urban Safari Rescue Society, Save Animals Through Rescue and Adoption (S.A.R.A.), the Surrey Community Cat Coalition Foundation, the Semiahmoo Peninsula Marine Rescue Society, and the Surrey Amateur Radio Club.
Across the province, over 145 public safety-related organizations are receiving more than $6.5 million this year. Through public safety programs, these groups provide emergency and lifesaving services including search and rescue activities, volunteer fire departments, emergency preparedness, community and restorative justice, and more.
Approximately 120 organizations in the environment sector are receiving $3.8 million across the province, providing people with opportunities to learn about and connect with nature, conducting wildlife rehabilitation programs and shelters for animals, helping us adapt to climate change, supporting local food systems, and more.
The Community Gaming Grants program provides up to $140 million to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations in British Columbia each year.
Garry Begg, MLA for Surrey-Guildford
“Through these organizations, staff and volunteers in Surrey generously give their time to protecting people, animals and the environment. I’m proud that through Community Gaming Grants, British Columbians are supporting them right back.”
Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers
“Staff and volunteers in these organizations are protecting people and making our city a more beautiful place. They deserve our thanks and support and I’m happy that through this funding we can give it to them.”
Jagrup Brar, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood
“People show what they care about by volunteering and working for great causes. I’m proud that our Government can help facilitate their important work.”
Harry Bains, MLA for Surrey-Newton
“I’d like to give a big thanks to all the dedicated staff and volunteers in these Surrey organizations. You do important work and I’m proud that our New Democrat Government can help you keep doing it.”
Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley
“Through these organizations, people generously give their time ensuring the safety of their fellow citizens. I’m proud that they’re getting the support they deserve through Community Gaming Grants.”
Jinny Sims, MLA for Surrey-Panorama
“I’m proud that our Government is supporting these groups so that their important services continue to be there for people when they need it.”
For more information on Community Gaming Grants: http://www.gov.bc.ca/gaminggrants