DAWSON CREEK – The Nawican Friendship Centre received $42,000 and the Dawson Creek Literacy Society received $6,048 in Community Gaming Grant funding from the Provincial Government this week.

The Nawican Friendship Centre offers a variety of programs, including drug and alcohol counseling, as well as social events such as bingo and karaoke nights. The $42,000 grant the organization is receiving will go towards its Hot Meal Program.

The Dawson Creek Literacy Society offers many different types of classes to residents, including English as a Second Language, tutoring for adults in English, math, reading and writing, settlement services, Canadian citizenship classes, and more. The funding it is receiving will go towards its Community Adult Literacy Program.

This grant was awarded under the Human and Social Services category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues. In addition to the Human and Social Services category, Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Sport, Public Safety, Environment, and Arts and Culture. 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 pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.

To find out more about the Dawson Creek Literacy Society, visit their website at dawsoncreekliteracy.ca. To learn about the Nawican Friendship Centre, visit their Facebook Page at facebook.com/pages/Nawican-Friendship-Centre.