B.C’s Community Gaming Grants Applications Open June 1st

Revelstoke has some amazing projects in process and with the hustle and bustle of this small town, it is no surprise that the members of the community are always on the go with work, play as well as creating community minded projects. There are some ambitious projects on the horizon, with the skate park nearing its financial finale and Farwell Splash Park is not only picking up steam, it is becoming the talk of the community and well received  by the young families in tow.

With Revelstoke apart of the Basin this town has seen many fantastic projects come to fruition because of the incredible support of the Columbia Basin Trust. Although the CBT does not financially sponsor an entire project, it is safe to say that many would not happen without their support. which leaves the group or Society to go out and pound the pavement with bottle drives, BBQ fundraisers or selling Rice Krispies at $1.00 a piece until the community is sick of them. Every dollar counts when you are raising half a million.

British Columbia’s Community Gaming Grants capital project program gives organizations an opportunity to funding to complete projects that provide significant benefits to their respective communities. This funding will support capital projects with a cost totalling higher than $20,000. Grants up to $25,000 are available for 20% to 50% of the total project costs.  With that said, matching funds are required which may also include in-kind contributions of tangible assets. The sticky note to have on the application is that you must have letters of guarantees from the other funders. Chicken or the egg?

Three categories that are eligible:

  1. Facilities: construction, renovation or maintenance of facilities.
  2. Community infrastructure: public amenities, such as docks and parks.
  3. Acquisitions: the purchase of fixed capital assets for long-term use, including vehicles and equipment.

Of course, this does not mean all applicants are going to walk away with such an easy chunk of money. The application process is not as easy as filling out a typical application, there is due process and they mean business. Applications in the capital projects sector will be adjudicated with consideration given to regional distribution, representation of the six community gaming grant sectors, project size and indigenous inclusion.

There will be a webinar hosted on May 23rd in which the Community Gaming Grants branch will breakdown eligibility criteria.

The application dates for the capital project program have been adjusted for 2018, with eligible organizations having from June 1 to July 31, 2018, to submit their applications. The Province will announce the successful candidates and award the grants by Oct. 31, 2018.

Thank you, B.C. Gamblers!