NDP MLAs Lisa Beare and Bob D’Eith say grants for local Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows organizations will help people access vital community services

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MAPLE RIDGE – New Democrat MLAs Lisa Beare and Bob D’Eith say that people who receive services from local non-profits will benefit from funding to improve community health, accessibility and well-being.

“Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living gives so much to the families and people that use its services, and I’m glad that we can give organizations like this a boost. This funding will help people across the Province access the services they need, run by amazing workers and volunteers here in British Columbia,” said Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.

This year, 23 organizations in Maple Ridge and one in Pitt Meadows received over $1.1 million in funding through the human and social services stream of the Community Gaming Grants program. Recipients include:

Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living- Developmental Disability Supports, Education, Tutoring- $123,900

Cythera Transition House Society- $100,000

Family Education and Support Centre- Refugee Supports, Human and Social Services- $62,000

For a complete list of recipients, please see the backgrounder.”Human and social services are more important now than ever. These organizations are vital in our communities and I’m glad to work for a government that understands the importance of funding services that people need, such as the Family Education and Support Centre in Maple Ridge,” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission.​

This year, the New Democrat government will distribute more than $61 million in grants to 1,364 human and social services organizations around B.C. This funding means people can continue to access services such as food banks, children and youth programs, mental health supports, and other services that enhance health and wellbeing.

Quick Facts:

Community Gaming Grants provides around $140 million annually to approximately 5,000 not-for-profit organizations that deliver services to people throughout the province.
In addition to human and social services, the grants fund arts, culture and sport, public safety and environmental conservation, as well as parent and district parent advisory councils in B.C. schools.

For more information on Community Gaming Grants, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaminggrants/community-gaming-grantsBackgrounder:

Maple Ridge Friends In Need Food Bank Society $100,000
Maple Ridge Kiwanis Club of Golden Ears – Maple Ridge $45,000
Maple Ridge Ridge Meadows Seniors Society $23,000
Maple Ridge Rotary Club of Meadow Ridge $41,800
Maple Ridge Scouts Canada – 1st Albion Group $2,700
Maple Ridge Scouts Canada – 1st Yennadon $7,500
Maple Ridge The Family Education and Support Centre $62,000
Maple Ridge CEED Centre Society $25,000
Maple Ridge Cythera Transition House Society $100,000
Maple Ridge Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Society for British Columbia $138,000
Maple Ridge Food For The Soul Project Society $33,000
Maple Ridge Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Community Services $68,000
Maple Ridge Maple Ridge Adventure Preschool Society $8,500
Maple Ridge Meadow Montessori School Society $12,800
Maple Ridge North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association $75,000
Maple Ridge One Way Club $75,000
Maple Ridge Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living $123,900
Maple Ridge Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre $92,825
Maple Ridge Ridge Meadows Recycling Society $22,000
Maple Ridge Rotary Club of Haney $20,000
Maple Ridge Royal Canadian Legion Branch #88 – Maple Ridge $40,000
Maple Ridge Scouts Canada – 1st Haney Group $8,500
Maple Ridge Scouts Canada – 1st Laity View $8,000
Pitt Meadows Discovery Playhouse Children’s Society $26,500