The Cowichan Green Community Society will receive $48,000 in a government grant for a new community farm truck. (File photo)

The Cowichan Green Community Society will receive $48,000 in a government grant for a new community farm truck. (File photo)

Cowichan Green Community Society gets $48K for new truck

B.C. Community Gaming Grant

The Cowichan Green Community Society will receive $48,000 from B.C.’s Community Gaming Grants program for a new community farm truck.

A press release from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs said the society’s last truck is no longer repairable.

“They are looking to buy a new truck to replace it that will require less yearly maintenance,” the release said.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have seen increased demand for their programming, especially delivery as in-person programs had to be shut down.”

Ten new capital project grants were awarded for upgrades to not-for-profit services and programs in Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast communities, for a total of $682,793 for communities in those regions.

With this final round of 2021-22 funding, the Community Gaming Grants capital projects’ program will provide $3.8 million to a total of 51 not-for-profit organizations throughout B.C. for upgrades to community infrastructure, updated technology and new equipment.

This is in addition to $5 million in capital funding for 45 not-for-profit groups announced in January.

“Not-for-profit organizations are at the heart of fostering healthy, connected and safe communities in B.C.,” said Nathan Cullen, minister of Municipal Affairs.

“This extra funding will help organizations buy equipment and make renovations to brighten our communities and give people safer, improved access to key services and programs.”

Organizations that have been navigating increased service pressures during the pandemic have been prioritized in this round of funding.

Many not-for-profit organizations are using these funds to make adjustments that support physical distancing and other measures to ensure services and activities meet public health and safety guidelines.

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