The province is dishing out an extra $5-million per year in gaming grants to B.C. non-profits.
The move will bring the total amount funded annually through the Community Gaming Grants program to $140-million.
Community and Sport Minister Peter Fassbender says the new money will be earmarked for groups’ capital spending.
“We’ve heard from organizations; sporting recreation, theatre groups and so on, is they need money for fixing up their facilities, replacing roofs, HVAC systems, air conditioning systems, and a number of different things like that, so that’s what this money is earmarked for, is those kind of improvements.”
“The $135 million that we have been giving to community groups and organizations has not included any provision for capital. So now what we’re doing is providing application process for capital dollars.”
There’s six categories of grants that eligible organizations can apply for, including arts and culture, sport, environment and public safety.
Fassbender says after the budget is announced they’ll be releasing the details of the application process.
The province says more than 5,000 non-profit organizations draw funding from the gaming grant program, which is itself funded by provincial gambling revenues.