Community Gaming Grants for extracurricular activities in schools

Selina Robinson

MORE than 1,300 parent advisory councils (PAC) and district parent advisory councils (DPAC) throughout B.C. are receiving approximately $11 million in Community Gaming Grants for the 2019-20 school year.

“It’s rewarding to support parents who are committed to enriching students’ learning experiences with extracurricular activities, whether it’s field trips, additional arts experiences or athletic endeavours,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “All of these experiences support students in their school experience.”

Schools receive PAC funding each year to provide students from kindergarten to Grade 12 with a variety of extracurricular experiences.

Students will have more opportunities to participate in extracurricular programs and activities at school through the Community Gaming Grants for PACs and DPACs.

“Community Gaming Grants enable PACs and DPACs across the province to help enrich students’ lives by supporting extracurricular learning and activities,” said Andrea Sinclair, President, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. “This funding helps PACs / DPACs support activities parents and students deem important, such as student-led clubs, music, theatre, drama skills and performances, field trips and sports.”

Community Gaming Grants provide up to $140 million to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations throughout British Columbia each year.

Quick Facts:

* Every year, commercial gambling generates revenue that the Government of B.C. invests in key services. These include health care and education, a wide array of organizations representing arts and culture groups, sport, environment, public safety, human and social services and parent advisory councils.

* A portion of these revenues are also allocated via the Community Gaming Grants program into community-based programming and major capital projects. This funding helps not-for-profit organizations invest in programming, facilities, infrastructure and major acquisitions that provide direct benefit to their communities.