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Four Richmond organizations receive $116,500 in grants from NDP government

Funding to help Richmond's art sector recover from the pandemic.
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The Richmond Gateway Theatre Association is one of four local art organizations to receive a grant from the NDP government to help with the COVID-19 recovery process.

Funding from the NDP government was given to four Richmond organizations to support the recovery process from the pandemic.

A total of $116,500 was distributed among the organizations through the BC Arts Council’s Arts Impact Grant program.

The Richmond Art Gallery Association received $22,500, Richmond Gateway Theatre Society, $40,000, Richmond Museum Society, $24,000, and the Turkish-Canadian Society $30,000, through the BC Arts Council.

Out of more than $12.4 million in one-time funding to the BC Arts Council, $7.9 million was distributed to over 300 organizations receiving operating assistance.

In addition, the BC Arts Council will direct $4.5 million to top up the Arts Impact Grant program, which allows applicants to prioritize what activities will provide the “greatest and most meaningful impact” to their organization, practice or community.

Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston said local arts and culture organizations have given “great comfort” to people in Richmond during the pandemic.

“Organizations like the Turkish-Canadian Society enrich the Richmond community, and this funding will allow them to continue their valuable work,” said Greene.

Meanwhile, Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough added that these organizations have enhanced the lives of many people in B.C.

“Part of building back better means supporting our arts and culture sectors, so they can keep inspiring, teaching and bringing people together,” said Singh.