The sports community in Richmond will benefit from a share of another $27.3 million being distributed to non-profit sports organizations by the B.C. government.
The funding is coming from the province’s Community Gaming Grants program for the likes of skiing, swimming, soccer, hockey, and Special Olympics.
Community Gaming Grants provide about $140 million each year to support nearly 5,000 not-for-profit organizations that deliver services to people throughout B.C.
The program has made it a condition that all grant funding this year complies with the provincial health officer's orders and provides flexibility for organizations to delay project and service delivery until they can do so safely.
The funding was part of a wider $45 million funding package announced for a wide range of arts, cultural and sports programs for people of all ages.
"While local soccer drills, arts programs and cultural celebrations may look different this year, I'm so pleased we can continue to support programs like these," said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs.
“We know how important it is for not-for-profit organizations to continue to plan for the future, so when it is time for us to be together again, we can fully embrace sports, arts and cultural experiences as part of living in our vibrant and healthy communities."
More than 700 not-for-profit arts organizations are receiving approximately $18.1 million in Community Gaming Grants to deliver arts and cultural programs in communities province-wide.