Abbotsford PACs Get Support from Provincial Grant Program

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B.C. Government Caucus
News Release
October 8, 0215

Abbotsford PACs Get Support from Provincial Grant Program

ABBOTSFORD – The provincial government has provided $386,820 to local Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) and the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) in Abbotsford to help support student activities outside of the classroom.

The funds will be used to enhance the student experience through extracurricular activities. These grants cover various costs, including sporting equipment, musical instruments, playground equipment and field trips.

“Parent Advisory Councils support extra-curricular activities for students,” Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas said. “They provide valuable work to support students and I am proud that our Province supports their efforts.”

The parent-run councils help ensure B.C.’s children have access to activities that ensure the development of a well-rounded educational background.
Overall, nearly $11.1 million has been delivered to over 1,400 PACs and DPACs throughout British Columbia for the 2015-16 school year. The funding is through the provincial government’s community gaming grant programs.

Local PACs receive $20 per student, while DPACs receive a flat rate of $2,500. The grant funds must remain under the management and control of those that receive them. Funds cannot be used for, or transferred to, curricular purposes or to schools or school districts or their activities or programs.

The provincial government distributes $135 million annually in community gaming grants to benefit over 5,000 local organizations representing virtually every community in the province.

Media Contact: Ashley Stewart, B.C. Government Caucus Communications, 250-387-8589

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