MLAs Lore, Fleming, and Rankin say grants will support local arts and extracurricular activities in Greater Victoria

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MLAs Lore, Fleming, and Rankin say grants will support local arts and extracurricular activities in Greater Victoria

VICTORIA – New Democrat MLAs Grace Lore, Rob Fleming, and Murray Rankin say local organizations and parent advisory councils will be able to support young artists and extracurricular activities thanks to over $1.5 million in Community Gaming Grants funding. This round of funding is from the Community Gaming Grants program’s arts and culture stream and parent advisory council and district parent advisory council (PAC/DPAC) stream.

“Community-led organizations are at the heart of so much of the work that’s done in Victoria. By continuing to support them with grants at a provincial level, they can continue to do the work that changes our community and makes it a better place for all.” said Grace Lore, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill.

In Greater Victoria, 37 organizations are receiving over $1.2 million in funding to support arts and culture, including:

  • Early Music Society of the Islands, $20,000
  • Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Association, $10,000
  • Belfry Theatre Society, $100,000
  • Maritime Museum of British Columbia Society, $94,000
  • Veselka Ukrainian Dance Association, $13,000

“In Oak Bay-Gordon Head, we’re lucky to have many people who dedicate their time to volunteer organizations like those in arts and culture, or parents and family members serving on PACs and DPACs,” said Murray Rankin, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. “Thanks to this new funding, these volunteers and their organizations can continue to help people in our community thrive.”

Thirty-seven parent advisory councils/district parent advisory councils are receiving over $300,000 in funding to support extracurricular events, activities and equipment, including:

  • Mount Douglas Secondary Parent Advisory Council, $17,980
  • Oak Bay Secondary School PAC, $27,340
  • Victoria High School PAC, $17,160
  • Oaklands Elementary School PAC, $10,120

“When organizations are doing good in our community, we want to recognize them,” said Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake. “These grants for arts and culture organizations and PACs are just one way we show our appreciation for the work they’re doing and support for them to continue.”

More than $18.2 million in new funding will go to over 650 organizations to support arts and culture across the province.

More than 1,300 parent advisory councils and district parent advisory councils will also receive over $11.2 million to support extracurricular activities throughout British Columbia.

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