NDP MLAs Fleming and Popham say grants will support local arts & culture and sports

GREATER VICTORIA – New Democrat MLAs Rob Fleming and Lana Popham say the government’s grants for local not-for-profits will support arts & culture and sports organizations, enriching the lives of community members.

“Playing sports, joining the local theatre club, or performing in a choir are often some of the most relaxing and enjoyable parts of our otherwise busy lives,” said Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake. “Sports, arts, and cultural experiences add value and vibrancy to our communities, and I am proud of the local organizations that work to provide these experiences to people.”

This funding of almost $3.4 million for 109 organizations across Greater Victoria is part of over $43 million being distributed to nearly 1,400 arts & culture and sport sector organizations across British Columbia. The arts & culture stream supports groups like choirs, arts councils, theatre companies, musicians, art galleries, and organizations that promote and celebrate diverse cultures from around the world. The sports stream supports local sports organizations in all kinds of sports for people of all ages and abilities.

“The value of community spirit has never been more obvious than over the last 18 months, and that’s why I am especially proud to see that there are so many organizations across Saanich working to enrich our community who will benefit from this funding,” said Lana Popham, MLA for Saanich South. “Whether it is the BC Black History Awareness Society or the Capital Region Female Minor Hockey Association, or one of the many other organizations dedicated to advancing arts, culture, and sport, these groups make our community better for people.”

Some of the organizations receiving funding in Greater Victoria include the Gorge Soccer Association, the Saanich Skating Club of Victoria, the Victoria Arts Council, and the Island Swimming Club.

The Community Gaming Grants Program distributes up to $140 million worth of grants annually to not-for-profit organizations across British Columbia that improve and enrich the lives of people and communities. These include sports, arts, environmental, quality of life, and health and safety organizations.

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