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Two Richmond organizations among B.C. gaming grant recipients

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:26 PST, Tue January 18, 2022

The province’s latest round of Community Gaming Grant funds is benefitting two Richmond organizations: the Richmond Music School Society and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of B.C.

The Richmond Music School Society is receiving $40,000 to renovate two studio rooms into four soundproofed studios. This will improve acoustical problems and provide a higher-quality learning environment.

The ALS Society is receiving $26,230 for its equipment loan program warehouse. The funds will go towards the purchase of equipment including a wheelchair, medical supply washing and sanitizing machine, IT equipment, hydraulic table, washer and condensation dryer.

"The pandemic has highlighted the critical need and created an increasing demand for the kinds of services not-for-profits provide for people in British Columbia. These organizations work hard to raise money to buy equipment and make renovations that create more inclusive and accessible spaces like transition and recovery homes, elevators and universal washrooms," said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs. 

In all, the Community Gaming Grants program provided $5 million to 45 not-for-profit groups for capital projects in 2021-22. Funding will be used to help local organizations make upgrades to their facilities and community infrastructure, update technology and buy vehicles and equipment for programs.

The Community Gaming Grants program has made it a condition that all grant funding through 2021-2022 comply with provincial health orders, and the program is providing flexibility for organizations to delay project and service delivery until they can do so safely.

For the full list of capital projects sector recipients, click here.

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