Provincial grants support sports, arts organizations

NANAIMO – Money provided through community gaming grant program.

nizations in the Harbour City can thank the provincial government after receiving a financial boost late last month.

A total of nine organizations, including Nanaimo Conservatory of Music, Crimson Coast Dance Society, Nanaimo Arts Council and Nanaimo Empire Days Celebrations Society, received financial grants.

“I know many families who enjoy the programs and services offered by these sports and arts organizations,” said Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell in a press release.  “These groups are vital to our community, and I’m happy that we are able to support them with these grants.”

The money is provided by the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music received the most amount of money of any arts organization from the grant program. The group was awarded $56,000, which will be directed toward its youth choir, musical presentations, workshops and education programs.

The Crimson Coast Dance Society was awarded $31,000, which will be used to help its Body Talk Youth Program, Infringing Dance Festival and Dance on the Crimson Coast series. The Nanaimo Arts Council received $18,000, while the Nanaimo Empire Days Celebrations Society received $11,000.

Other organizations to receive money include the Harbour City FC soccer club ($98,900), the Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association ($30,000), Nanaimo Gymnastics School ($22,000), the Nanaimo Diamonds synchronized swim club ($15,800), and Nanaimo Track and Field Club ($5,360).

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