NDP MLA Rachna Singh says grants will keep people and local environment safe

SURREY – New Democrat MLA Rachna Singh says local organizations will be able to restore local ecosystems, rescue animals, and keep people safe thanks to funding from the Community Gaming Grants program for environmental and public safety initiatives.

“The work done by our local non-profit organizations in public safety and environment protection is incredibly important to people in Surrey,” said Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers. “From animal welfare, to search and rescue to public safety, these great initiatives help make our city both a green and safe place for people to live”.

In Surrey, 3 community organizations are receiving almost $254,000 in grants for public safety work. This can include volunteer firefighting, marine and land search and rescue operations, crime reduction and restorative justice, and emergency response and communications.

Another 2 local not-for-profits are receiving $54,000 for environmental initiatives such as ecosystem conservation, animal welfare, and education and outreach programs.

Over $10.5 million is being distributed through the Environment and Public Safety streams of the Community Gaming Grant program for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. $140 million are distributed annually though Community Gaming Grants to roughly 1,500 community not-for-profit organizations across all streams of the program. These grants help organizations build strong, vibrant communities across B.C.

Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/26162