DAWSON CREEK – Two organizations that provide arts, cultural and social services are getting a boost from the B.C. Government’s Community Gaming Grant program.

The Kiwanis Arts Centre Society in Dawson Creek is receiving $35,000 to operate a licensed daycare within the arts centre for children. The funds will also support youth dance and music instruction, and help the centre host an annual festival of the performing arts.

The Tansi Friendship Centre Society in Chetwynd is receiving $50,000 for its Community Values Program and general support services. The non-profit centre provides cultural and healing activities for the rural aboriginal community, serving approximately 550 people a month through a variety of programs and services.

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

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find application information at www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.