DAWSON CREEK – The Kiwanis Arts Centre Society is receiving a grant of $37,850 from the provincial government.

The grant will go toward the society’s licensed Kiwanis Child Care Centre and programs for youth.

“The Kiwanis Arts Centre Society is a first-class local organization that believes, as I do, that children are the most important part of our future,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “I am proud that our government continues to support the society’s child-care centre and youth programs with this grant.”

“This grant allows us to offer the finest dance and music programs to the youth of Dawson Creek and surrounding area,” said Terri Hanen, Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre executive director. “The Kiwanis Arts Centre Society thanks the Province of B.C. and the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch for their financial support.”

This grant is 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 from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming grants are also awarded in the categories of Public Safety, Sports and Arts and Culture, Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils, and Environment.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local non-profit organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

Organizations interested in applying for community gaming grants can find information and applications at gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants/.