Provincial funding boosts local non-profits

Nearly $80,000 will be divied between five local organizations that promote culture and activity

Nearly $80,000 will be divied between five local organizations, which qualified because they promote culture and activity in the community.

The funding came through the province’s community gaming grants and doled out $79,700 on May 13. Four of the groups are located in Penticton and one in Summerland. Throughout B.C., around 200 groups benefitted from about $7 million worth of grants earlier this month through the same program.

“Thanks to these grants, organizations in Penticton and Summerland can have an even greater impact within their communities,” said Penticton MLA Dan Ashton. “By promoting sports and culture, we are ensuring that our communities are vibrant and strong, with a variety of educational and physical activities that the whole family can enjoy.”

The funding is to promote programming that will offer reverberating benefits through the community. Only non-profit organizations are eligible for the funding – the application can be found at

The local beneficiaries are the Pentastic Jazz Festival Society, which recieved $25,000 for its cultural music festival program; the Apex Ski Club which saw $17,000 go towards its youth alpine ski program; the Penticton Aquatic Association was given $13,200 for the Penticton Pikes swimming program; the Penticton Peach Festival Society will benefit $10,000 for the annual Peach Festival; and the South Okanagan Sailing Association in Summerland will be given a $14,500 bump for its CANSAIL program.