This was published today on the Gaming Grant Review website.
In July 2011, Premier Christy Clark asked Skip Triplett to conduct an independent review of the Province’s Community Gaming Grant system. More than 1,700 people participated in the review, sharing their views about how to improve the governance and funding formula of gaming grants through 14 community forums, written submissions, and five video-conferences to remote communities.
Triplett provided a final report to government on Oct. 31, 2011.
The Province announced on Jan. 11, 2012 that it would be implementing a number of changes to the allocation of community gaming grants, including:
- Increasing gaming grant funding by $15 million in the government’s base budget, beginning this fiscal year and going forward.
- Reinstating funding eligibility for environmental, animal welfare and adult arts and sports groups, with an immediate application intake to ensure those groups are funded this fiscal year. Interested groups need to apply online between January 16 and February 13, 2012.
- Increasing funding to groups that have experienced grant reductions during the past three years.
- Exploring options for implementing a multi-year funding program that will offer groups more certainty and streamline the application process.
For more information, please refer to the Province of BC’s Jan. 11, 2012 news releae and backgrounder.