FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Municipal Affairs announced grants for arts and culture and sports groups in Fort St. John on Wednesday totalling more than $135,000.

“Activities that engage people of all ages to play sports, enjoy arts programs and celebrate cultural festivities are at the heart of B.C.’s thriving and resilient communities,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Community Gaming Grants continue to provide critical funding for these community-based programs that support British Columbians and help them make strong community connections.”

The provincial government is supporting over 650 non-profit arts organizations with more than $18 million to provide a variety of programs and services to support B.C.’s move toward economic recovery.

The following arts organizations are being funded by the Community Gaming Grant program:

The Community Gaming Grant program is also providing over $24.9 million to more than 700 non-profit sport organizations.

The following sports organizations in Fort St. John have been given funding:

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, Melanie Mark, says these activities are crucial to mental health and they make communities stronger and more vibrant.

“These grants are game-changers. Our government believes in providing people access to art, cultural and sporting activities because it strengthens our sense of belonging and diversity across B.C.,” said Mark.