Submitted. Two sports organizations in Mission are receiving Community Gaming Grants worth over $80,000 announced Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson.
· Mission Minor Hockey Association – $60,000
· Mission Minor Baseball Association – $20,300
“Gaming grants keep our programs affordable for any child regardless of their ability or family income,” said Dan Williams, president of the Mission Minor Baseball Association. “The money also helps pay for coach training, which in turn encourages our players to stay with the sport longer. The ultimate pay-off is a child’s greater sense of self-esteem, confidence and a sense of belonging to the community.”
“All of the parents and volunteers deserve a great deal of credit for dedicating their time and effort to creating successful programs,” said Gibson. “This money will go a long way to promoting amateur sport in our community.”
These grants have been awarded under the Sport category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Arts and Culture, Public Safety, Environment and Human and Social Services.
In the 2012/13 fiscal year, our government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.
Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.