Community Gaming Grants officials have confirmed that the first phase of processing Special Intake grants is now completed. Groups in the Restored Funding Category (which were automatically processed based on their existing 2011 applications) will have their grants deposited within the next week.
Over 300 groups will receive $3.23 Million in this category.
Groups in the other two categories (Funding for Reinstated Programs Category and Reinstated Eligibility Category) may apply to the Special Intake until February 13. For detailed information on the categories and how to apply, click here.
Last month Premier Christy Clark announced the Province was increasing its annual community gaming grant base budget to $135 million – $15 million more than originally budgeted for 2011-12. As a result, the Province is holding a special intake between Jan. 16 and Feb. 13 so that previously ineligible groups can apply for grants this fiscal year.
These groups include non-profit and charitable organizations that deliver services related to adult arts and culture, adult sports, the environment and animal welfare. Animal shelters, fish and wildlife associations, lake and stream stewardship societies, district arts councils, museum societies, theatres and other similar groups are now eligible to apply online.
“This special intake allows previously ineligible groups to apply for community gaming grants during this fiscal year," said Ms. Chong in making the announcement.
"Broadening the scope of these grants and assuring that the base funding remains intact from year to year clearly demonstrates our commitment to supporting non-profits in the important work they do for B.C. families."