New Democrat government MLAs welcome funding for sport, arts and culture in Surrey

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SURREY – Surrey’s New Democrat government MLAs are welcoming $2,653,010 to benefit 64 sport, arts and culture organizations in Surrey.

“This funding provides space and opportunities for people to come together and celebrate excellence in sport, arts and culture,” said Jinny Sims, MLA for Surrey-Panorama. “I’m very excited as these grants will help to build strong and connected communities in Surrey.”

Funding is being provided through the Community Gaming Grants program and is benefitting 19 arts and culture organizations and 45 community sports organizations in Surrey.

View a full list of provincial arts and culture recipients here, and sport recipients here.

“Not-for-profit organizations help people get involved and be a part of something bigger than themselves,” said Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers. “This funding means opportunity for people to pursue their passion.”

In 2019-20, the Community Gaming Grants program is distributing approximately $18.3 million to 700 not-for-profit organizations across the province to support visual and performing arts, literature, festivals, Indigenous and cultural programs for people of all ages.

“Sports organizations are a great opportunity for team building which especially benefits young people,” said Garry Begg, MLA for Surrey-Guildford. “This funding is another example of how our government supports investments in people.”

“Participating in sport, arts and culture builds confidence and strengthens mental and physical faculties,” said Harry Bains, MLA for Surrey-Newton. “Funding these not-for-profit groups means healthier neighbourhoods for Surrey.”

The grants program is also distributing approximately $27 million to more than 800 community-based sports organizations for programs such as soccer, swimming, hockey, biking, martial arts, skiing and Special Olympics.

“Funding to sport, arts and culture builds a more vibrant and compassionate place for people to live,” said Jagrup Brar, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood. “It breaks down barriers and introduces people to new ideas that contribute to stronger and more engaged communities.”

“Surrey is one of the fastest-growing cities in B.C.,” said Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley. “Continued funding for not-for-profit organizations is how we match population growth with cultural growth in our communities.”

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