Numerous organizations in southeast Saskatchewan have received funding through charitable gaming grants from the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA).
“Volunteers are the people that make a difference in our communities,” said SLGA Minister Donna Harpauer. “The grants being provided by our government recognize the efforts of many different volunteer groups and organizations in the province and will allow them to further enhance their communities.”
Four organizations in Estevan will share $15,139.77. The Estevan Elks Lodge received $2,055.50; the Estevan Kinettes Club was awarded $2,028.22; the Estevan Royal Canadian Legion was granted $2,411.55; and the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation received $8,644.50.
Among the other organizations that received money are:
*The Optimist Club of Arcola was granted $7,315.15;
*The Bienfait Fire Department Auxiliary received $1,491.25;
*The Carnduff Centennial Arena received $4,764.58;
*The Lampman and District Lions Club was awarded $1,525.04.
*The Redvers and District Community Centre and Arts Council was granted $2,616.52.
The charitable gaming grant program provides a grant equal to 25 per cent of the net revenues raised through charitable gaming activities, such as licensed bingos, raffles, break-open tickets, Texas Hold'em poker and Monte Carlo events.
Groups that conduct licensed charitable gaming activities and events do not have to apply for the charitable gaming grant. Charitable gaming reports submitted by the groups are used by SLGA to calculate grants and paid out each quarter.
Also, Provincial Secretary Wayne Elhard has announced that a Francophone organization in Estevan is among the seven Francophone entities that will share $100,000 available through this year's provincial cost-shared infrastructure grants.
Projects like improving performing arts venues and maintaining community centres were eligible.
“The Fransaskois community has been an important part of our provincial identity for more than a century,” Elhard said. “These investments under the Francophone Community Infrastructure Fund (FCIF) will help it remain strong and vibrant for generations to come.”
The Association des Parents Fransaskois (APF), which is based in Saskatoon, will receive $14,666 for equipment and renovations for APF's new Francophone family and community support centre that will be built in Estevan.
Also receiving funds were projects in Saskatoon, Regina, Zenon Park and St. Isidore de Bellevue, which is south of Prince Albert.
Established in 2011, the FCIF invests in capital projects that: enhance access to and promotion of Francophone culture and the French language; enhance the quality and use of francophone community facilities; and create greater opportunities to hold events that support cultural vitality.
Provincial investment may be provided for up to two-thirds of the required funds to a maximum of $50,000 per project. All recipients must contribute at least one-third of all eligible costs.