Government provides gaming grants to Nanaimo non-profits

Three Nanaimo organizations will benefit from the provincial government's community gaming grants, it was announced Tuesday.

Three Nanaimo organizations will benefit from the provincial government’s community gaming grants, it was announced Tuesday.

The Nanaimo Minor Hockey Association received $55,000, Nanaimo Canadian Amateur Football Association garnered $20,125, while $36,000 was granted to the Vancouver Island Military Museum Society.

The grant money is a welcome addition as it helps cover the museum’s lease, according to Roger Bird, military museum society president. He said the museum is reliant on donations.

“We get a lot of tourists and locals who come down to see the waterfront and points of interest – our museum being one of them,” Bird said.

The grants are awarded under the sport, arts and culture categories of the Community Gaming Grant program.

Not-for-profit organizations are allowed to apply for provincial gaming revenue from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.