Lakecity environmental groups receive gaming grants

Two environmental organizations in Williams Lake have received a total of $120,000 in B.C. Government Community Gaming Grants.

Two environmental organizations in Williams Lake have received a total of $120,000 in funding through the B.C. Government’s Community Gaming Grant Program.

The Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (ISCBC) is a registered charity which works to minimize the negative ecological, social, and economic impacts caused by the introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive species.

The ISCBC received $100,000 for education, awareness and training.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society is a non-profit society which works with the community to maintain and enhance the health of the environment as the basis of a strong economy and vital society.

The society received a total of $20,000, with half going to sustainable life education and the rest going towards watershed education.

“The Invasive Species Council of B.C. and the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society are two great organizations that do an excellent job of protecting our environment and educating the public about environmental issues,” said Donna Barnett, MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin.

“The gaming grants they are receiving this week will help them continue to provide these very beneficial programs.”

These grants were awarded under the environment category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues.

In addition to the environment category, gaming grants are also awarded in the categories of sport, public safety, human and social services, arts and culture, and more.

In the 2012/13 fiscal year, the B.C. government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.

For organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants, full application information can be found at www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.

You can find out more about the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society at www.ccconserv.org and about the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia by visiting www.bcinvasives.ca.