MLA Donaldson welcomes funding for local public safety organizations

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SMITHERS – New Democrat MLA Doug Donaldson is welcoming $32,000 in funding for two not-for-profit organizations in Smithers. The organizations, which provide public safety services, are receiving funds through the Community Gaming Grants program.

“These two organizations do important work helping keep people in our area safe,” said Donaldson, MLA for Stikine. “It’s great that they will continue to be supported with this funding from the Community Gaming Grant program.”

The recipients of the community grant funding are the Bulkley Valley Amateur Radio Society, and the Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue Society.

In 2019-20, the Province is providing approximately $5.6 million to nearly 125 organizations in the public safety sector. Through public safety programs, non-profit organizations provide emergency and lifesaving services including search and rescue activities, volunteer fire departments, emergency preparedness, and community and restorative justice for people across the province.

The Province is also providing approximately $4.6 million to more than 135 organizations in the environment sector. Environmental programming gives British Columbians the opportunity to learn about and connect with nature. The grants also support wildlife rehabilitation programs and shelters for animals.

The Community Gaming Grants program provides up to $140 million to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations in British Columbia each year.

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