DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The South Peace Child Development Society is one of 45 not-for-profit groups in B.C. to receive gaming grants for 2021-2022 capital projects.

The society received funding for its near $148,000 HVAC replacement project to remove the development centre’s four existing units.

The province announced the Community Gaming Grants program recipients Monday, stating the funding will be used to help local organizations make upgrades to their facilities and community infrastructure, update technology and buy vehicles and equipment for programs. The program provided a total of $5 million to fund capital projects for 45 not-for-profit groups in B.C.

“The pandemic has highlighted the critical need and created an increasing demand for the kinds of services not-for-profits provide for people in British Columbia. These organizations work hard to raise money to buy equipment and make renovations that create more inclusive and accessible spaces like transition and recovery homes, elevators and universal washrooms,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

The ministry says the program has made it a condition that all grant funding through 2021-2022 comply with provincial health orders, and the program is providing flexibility for organizations to delay project and service delivery until they can do so safely.

Community Gaming Grants provide funding to arts and culture groups, sports, environment, public safety, human and social services, as well as parent advisory councils in schools throughout B.C.