TUMBLER RIDGE – Families and recreation enthusiasts in Tumbler Ridge and Progress will be receiving $22,500 to improve childcare and recreation opportunities in the South Peace through the B.C. Government’s Community Gaming Grants Program.

The Tumbler Ridge Children’s Centre Society will receive $17,500 to fund daycare, preschool, and out-of-school care in the community. The society is a non-profit organization with the goal of providing children with a safe, happy learning environment in a variety of childcare programs to the community of Tumbler Ridge.

The McLeod Recreation and Social Services Society received $5000 for their maintenance and operational equipment program assisting the society to provide more access for the residents of Progress the use of their facilities. They operate a variety of recreational facilities including a curling rink, an outdoor skating rink, and meeting space for organizations like the local Quilters Club.

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. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of 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.