The Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society received $1,800 from the B.C. Community Gaming Grant program’s public safety sector. (Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society photo)

The Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society received $1,800 from the B.C. Community Gaming Grant program’s public safety sector. (Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society photo)

Gaming grants bolster budgets of seven area Lake Cowichan groups

Seven different community organizations within the Town of Lake Cowichan infused $78,480 worth of provincial gaming grants into the community in the 2021/2022 fiscal year according to a government report.

Community Gaming Grants were awarded to Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society, the Kaatza Historical Society, Lake Cowichan and District Minor Hockey Association, Lions Club of Cowichan Lake, and Royal Canadian Legion Branch #210 Lake Cowichan. PAC grants were awarded to Lake Cowichan School PAC and Palsson Parent Advisory Council.

The Trail Blazers Society received $1,800 from the program’s public safety sector while the Historical Society got $24,000 in the Arts and Culture – Museum, Heritage, Archives sector.

The local hockey association received $18,700 from the sports sector while the Lions Club got $10,000 and the Legion $15,000, both from the program’s Human and Social Services sector.

As for the PACs, LCS’s PAC received $6,040 while Palsson’s got $2,940.

“As a longtime volunteer in Lake Cowichan, I have seen community gaming grant funding help so many volunteer groups,” said mayor Bob Day, who is part of the Trail Blazers Society, among other local groups. “I have seen a lot of great projects and initiatives completed because of this funding. I can’t think of a better way to spend the profits from the gaming.”

B.C. Community Gaming Grants offer $140 million annually to not-for-profit organizations throughout the province. The funds go to support those groups’ delivery of ongoing programs and services that meet the needs of their communities, said the province’s Gaming Grant website. “Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) Grants are intended to benefit K-12 students in B.C., by enhancing extracurricular opportunities and promoting parent and community involvement.”

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