RICHMOND – New Democrat MLAs Kelly Greene, Aman Singh and Henry Yao say local organizations will be able to rescue animals and keep people safe thanks to funding from the Community Gaming Grants program for environmental and public safety initiatives.
“The pandemic has changed the way we do most things, including the ways we carry out emergency responses,” said Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “One of the ways we can build back better communities is by supporting local organizations such as the Fraser Marine Rescue Society, which funds the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 10 here in Steveston.”
In Richmond, the Regional Animal Protection Society and Fraser Marine Rescue Society are both receiving $100,000 in grants for environmental initiatives, such as ecosystem conservation, animal welfare, and education and outreach programs.
“Local organizations make our communities stronger, safer places to live,” said Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “From providing emergency services to rescuing animals, our government will be there to support these groups as we build a stronger B.C. for everyone.”
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.
“I know the pandemic has been a challenging time for people in Richmond. I’m proud of the resiliency of Richmond organizations, and how they have worked to adapt,” said Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “Community Gaming Grants will help support the important work these organizations do, so they can keep delivering services to our community.”