NDP MLA Harwinder Sandhu says grants for Vernon-Monashee organizations will help people access vital community services

Vernon-Monashee – New Democrat MLA Harwinder Sandhu says that people who receive services from local non-profits will benefit from funding to improve community health, accessibility and well-being.

“There are so many organizations in our community that are dedicated to improving the lives of others, especially in times of great need,” said Harwinder Sandhu, MLA for Vernon-Monashee. “With these grants, we are supporting their vital work so that they can continue being there for our friends and neighbours.”

This year, 22 organizations in Vernon-Monashee received over $900,000 in funding through the human and social services stream of the Community Gaming Grants program. Recipients include:

  • Vernon and district Association for Community Living- $105,000
  • North Okanagan Childcare Society- $100,000
  • North Okanagan Neurological Association- $98,000
  • North Okanagan Hospice Society- $63,000
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Vernon and District Branch- $84,000

This year, the New Democrat government will distribute more than $61 million in grants to 1,364 human and social services organizations around B.C. This funding means people can continue access to services such as food banks, children and youth programs, mental health supports, and other services that enhance health and wellbeing.

Quick Facts:

  • Community Gaming Grants provides around $140 million annually to approximately 5,000 not-for-profit organizations that deliver services to people throughout the province.
  • In addition to human and social services, the grants fund arts, culture and sport, public safety and environmental conservation, as well as parent and district parent advisory councils in B.C. schools.

For more information on Community Gaming Grants, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaminggrants/community-gaming-grants

Community Gaming Grants for Vernon-Monashee:

Cherryville Community Food & Resource Society $25,000
North Okanagan Optimist Club $4,500
Lumby & District Health Services Society $11,000
Whitevalley Community Resource Centre $54,500
Archway Society for Domestic Peace $43,000
Canadian Mental Health Association, Vernon and District Branch $84,000
Community Dental Access Centre (North Okanagan) Society $55,000
Family Resource Centre Society for The North Okanagan $23,000
Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia, Vernon Chapter $5,000
Literacy Society of the North Okanagan $23,500
North Okanagan Child Care Society $100,000
North Okanagan Hospice Society $63,000
North Okanagan Neurological Association $98,000
Rotary Club of Vernon $16,000
Rotary Club of Vernon – Silver Star $16,000
Schubert Centre Society $22,000
Scouts Canada – 1st BX Group $4,100
Shuswap Okanagan Treatment Centre Society $32,000
Vernon and District Association for Community Living $105,000
Vernon Lodge NO. 45 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of Canada $20,500
Vernon Science & Discovery Society $86,000
Vernon Upper Room Mission Society $60,000