DAWSON CREEK – The Step Up ‘n’ Ride Society is receiving a grant of $55,000 from the provincial government.

The grant will enable the Dawson Creek-based society to continue to provide transportation to individuals who are unable to access public transit, or those with a special needs or requests.

“Without this grant we would have to seriously consider closing our doors to seniors and adults with disabilities,” Step Up ‘n’ Ride Society supervisor Mona McNalley said. “In the past two years we have had to make many serious cuts to our service due to financial constraints, and without community gaming grants it would be virtually impossible to continue our very valuable service.”

“The Step Up ‘n’ Ride Society has been an integral part of our community since 1981,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “I am thrilled that our government continues to support this great organization, whose wheelchair-accessible transportation is vital to many people in Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe and area.”

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/.