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Nearly $2M in grants given to over 30 Richmond organizations

Urban Bounty receives $100,000 from provincial gaming grant program.
Urban Bounty staff members Grace Augustinowicz and Stephanie Mak were planting vegetables in one of 200 new garden plots at the Garden City Lands.

More than 30 Richmond organizations received funding from the Community Gaming Grants program this year.

Thirty-three local groups received nearly $2 million through the program's human and social services stream to allow people to access services such as food banks, children and youth programs, mental health supports, and other services that enhance health and well-being.

Richmond organizations received funding ranging from $3,000 to $250,000.

Urban Bounty is one of the recipients and received $100,000 in funding to provide access to resources, support and education to the Richmond community.

"Urban Bounty greatly appreciates the community gaming grant contributions it receives to engage a resilient food system to emerge through ongoing education, advocacy and community-building programs," said Phil Carriere, board chair of Urban Bounty.

Carriere added that the grant will be used to make sure programs offered by the organization are responding to the community's needs and contributing to a "healthy and vibrant community and environment outcomes."

This includes providing youth-based programs, collecting unused fruit from trees and bushes to donate to Richmond Food Bank and other partners and offering programs to teach about sustainable food awareness.

The Community Gaming Grants provide around $140 million to approximately 5,000 not-for-profit organizations in B.C. every year.

In addition to the human and social services stream, the grant funds arts, culture and sport, public safety, environmental conservation and parent and district advisory councils in B.C. schools.

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