Boys & Girls Club gets $29,000 gaming grant

The Cranbrook Boys & Girls Club has received a $29,000 Community Gaming Grant from the B.C. Government.

Cranbrook Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Gord Johnston (left) and  Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett.

Cranbrook Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Gord Johnston (left) and Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett.

The Province of British Columbia has given a Cranbrook organization some key recognition and support in light of the good work that organization does in the community.

The Cranbrook Boys & Girls Club has received a $29,000 Community Gaming Grant from the B.C. Government, which was recently presented to Executive Director Gord Johnston by Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett.

“The Boys and Girls Club of Cranbrook does excellent work in our community. This committed group and its passionate volunteers really deserve this funding,” Bennett said.

Community Gaming Grants allow non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues.

In 2011/12, the Province distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services, to more than 5,300 community groups.

The latest round of grants saw 117 recipients — including the Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club — sharing $4,813,400. Recipients in this round of grants include programs for Human and Social Services.

“It is always a struggle to finance quality after-school programming,” Johnston said. “The Community Gaming Grant makes a huge difference by supporting these programs for Cranbrook kids

“MLA Bill Bennett and his staff team have provided the opportunity to discuss the merits of after-school programming and followed through with their endorsement and support for The Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club.”