Gaming scholarships help keep students in extracurricular activities
Children in British Columbia will benefit from participating in a wide range of school activities through Community Play Grant funding that will go to more than 1,300 school advisory boards.
âWe’ve been through so much over the past two years, and parents have been champions in our schools, working hard to keep children connected with safe and rewarding extracurricular activities,â said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs . âActivities like these provide enormous benefits to the health and well-being of children, and they help students stay active and engaged in learning.
In total, nearly $ 11 million in community play grants support Parent Advisory Councils (CPAs) and District Parent Advisory Councils (DPCs) during the 2021-2022 school year. Schools in British Columbia receive funding annually through CAPs and DPACs for activities that benefit the social, cultural and physical health of students.
âExtracurricular activities are so important for students so that they can connect with their friends and maintain their physical, social and mental health,â said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education. âThrough Community Play Grants, PACs and DPACs across the province are offering a wide range of extracurricular activities for students, allowing them to make new friendships, develop life skills and share more experiences together. .
Schools offer many extracurricular experiences for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, including sports and playground activities, drama, writing and music programs, and graduation ceremonies with the support funding from the Community Gaming Grant. PAC groups use the funds to organize music, dance, and theater performances, purchase computers for extracurricular activities such as robotics, yearbook, and photography clubs, and organize social gatherings such as movie nights. .
âThe ongoing pandemic has severely limited the ability of parent advisory councils to raise funds to support many school programs,â said Andrea Sinclair, president of the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. âParents are grateful that Community Play Grants are distributed to CCPs across the province, ensuring that the experience for students at their school continues to be improved while reducing the burden on families.
The Community Gaming Grants program has put the health and safety of British Columbians at the forefront by requiring that all grant funding be in accordance with Provincial Health Officer orders, while continuing to provide flexibility to organizations whose programs and services have been affected by the pandemic.
- Every year, commercial gaming revenues fund essential government programs and services, including healthcare, education, justice and social services, and the Community Gaming Grants program.
- Each year, 5,000 organizations in communities across British Columbia receive up to $ 140 million in gaming revenue from the Community Gaming Grants program.
- Community Play Grants provide funding to arts and culture groups, sports, the environment, public safety, social and human services, as well as CAPs in BC schools.
Consult the complete list of recipients of the PAC and DPAC sectors: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2021-%2022_PAC-DPAC_Recipients.pdf
For more information on how Community Gaming Grants is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaming-grants/cggupdates
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British Columbia’s COVID Action Plan and other government resources and updates: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19