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More Richmond organizations receive gaming grants

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:49 PST, Thu February 25, 2021

Three Richmond groups are receiving provincial grant funding to boost conservation and public safety programs.

The Fraser Marine Rescue Society is receiving $64,000, Rabbitats Rescue Society is receiving $10,000, and the Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS) is receiving $100,000.

"Our government is committed to supporting local organizations involved in a wide variety of activities that contribute to building vibrant, healthy communities," said Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne. "This funding ensures community organizations can continue to provide programming to enhance public safety through emergency programs like search and rescue, and to steward and preserve our ecosystems for generations to come."

In total, the province is providing $4.8 million to 138 environmental organizations, whose programs will create opportunities for people to learn about, connect with and protect nature. In addition, 132 not-for-profit organizations providing emergency and lifesaving services are receiving $6.3 million to deliver their programs province-wide. These community-led programs include search and rescue, disaster relief and emergency preparedness resources.

Community gaming grants provide approximately $140 million each year to support nearly 5,000 not-for-profit organizations that deliver services to people throughout British Columbia.

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