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Agassiz-Harrison non-profits receive $126,000 in Community Gaming Grants

4 arts organizations, 2 sports clubs benefited from provincial funding
Vocalist Tamar Ilana breaks into a fan dance during the 2022 Harrison Festival of the Arts. The Harrison Festival Society received $80,000 in Community Gaming Grant funding from the province as part of B.C.’s support for arts, culture and sports organizations. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Four Agassiz-Harrison organizations are getting grants just in time for Christmas.

The province recently released a list of Community Gaming Grant recipients. The Community Gaming Grant initiative is designed to support not-for-profit art, culture and sports organizations across B.C. According to Chilliwack_Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, 23 groups between Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Kent that received support. More than $495,000 went to local sports sector organizations while arts and culture organizations received more than $190,000.

In Agassiz-Harrison, The Harrison Festival Society – a long-time organizational hub of artistic events in the community, including the legendary Harrison Festival of the Arts – received $80,000 from the province. The Kilby Heritage Society, dedicated to a preserving century-old historic site in the Harrison Mills area, received $20,000.

In sports groups, the Sasquatch Mountain Ski Club, a family-friendly ski club based at the Sasquatch Mountain Resort, received $7,000 in grant funding. The Agassiz-Harrison Aquanauts, the local swim club, received $19,000.

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All told, Agassiz-Harrison groups received $126,000 in grant funding between four organizations.

Other groups within the Chilliwack-Kent riding receiving gaming grant funding are:

- Spartan Swing Club

- Sardis Fliers Speed Skating Club

- Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

- Cascadia Wind Ensemble Society

- Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival Society

- Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra

“People’s lives are enhanced by the sports, arts and cultural programming that not-for-profit organizations offer throughout British Columbia,” stated Minister of Municipal Affairs Anne Kang. “Healthy, vibrant communities are key to a healthy, vibrant province and these grants are one way our government is helping people in communities thrive.”

Across the province, the Community Gaming Grants support 790 arts and culture organizations and 717 sports organizations with a total investment of nearly $48 million this year. Since 2017, the Community Gaming Grants program has supported more than 4,400 arts and culture organizations and 5,200 sports clubs.


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