VANCOUVER – Changes to the way community gaming grants are awarded will
help ensure non-profit organizations have greater certainty and support in
the vital work they do, announced Premier Christy Clark on Wednesday.

“Through an open public engagement process, we heard from more than 1,700
British Columbians about what we can do to improve our gaming grant
system,” said Premier Clark. “We listened and we’re taking action.
Community gaming grants will be made available to more groups so they can
focus on what they do best – delivering essential services to B.C.
families.”

In July, Premier Clark appointed Skip Triplett – former Kwantlen
Polytechnic University president – to lead the Community Gaming Grant
Review. The primary goal of the independent review was to get advice on
how to improve the governance and funding formula for community gaming
grants.

In response to Mr. Triplett’s report on the review, which provides 16
options for consideration, the Province will reinstate funding eligibility
for adult arts and sports organizations, environmental groups and animal
welfare agencies. The Province will also increase support for other
organizations that have experienced funding reductions in the past three
years, including those responsible for fairs, festivals, youth arts and
culture, community service, the B.C. Senior Games and community education
organizations.

In addition, government will continue to work on streamlining the
application process for grants, including exploring options for
introducing multi-year funding in the coming years.

“Non-profits do tremendous work for British Columbians. In some smaller
communities, they are the sole service providers, ensuring B.C. families
have access to important resources that improve their quality of life,”
said Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “By
investing more in our non-profits, we’re investing in stronger
communities, healthier families and a more culturally diverse British
Columbia.”

“I applaud the work of Skip Triplett, Chair of the Community Grant Review,
and thank Premier Christy Clark and Minister Ida Chong for this very
timely policy decision,” said Norman Armour, executive director, PuSh
International Performing Arts Festival. “Reinstating adult arts within the
eligible criteria for Provincial Gaming support recognizes the important
role that the arts play in the lives of British Columbians. The social
profit arts in B.C. are a remarkably vibrant and resourceful sector; the
news of this investment will have a profoundly positive and lasting
effect.”