The British Columbia government has allocated over $12 million in community gaming grants to support extracurricular activities for students, while keeping parents connected with their local schools.
Those parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs) that work with public and independent schools and applied for grants will share a portion of the overall allocation based on the number of students at their schools. The grants provide support for extracurricular sports, arts, class trips and other school activities.
For a list of the 1,363 PACs and DPACs community gaming grants that have been approved to date, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/BG_PAC-DPAC_GamingGrants_Oct2016.pdf
Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –
“Organizations that help people work together, like parent advisory councils, are an essential component of healthy communities. These gaming grants help bring together parents, teachers and school officials in partnership to support our youth. The grants also benefit B.C. students by providing extracurricular opportunities that enrich their educational experience.”
Mike Bernier, Minister of Education –
“B.C. schools provide an excellent quality of education for children and youth in communities throughout the province. These gaming grants provide significant funding to local parent advisory committees so they can purchase playground and sports equipment and musical instruments, while supporting other important learning opportunities for students.”
- Every year, the Province distributes $135 million in community gaming grants to benefit over 5,000 non-profit organizations representing virtually every community in the province.
- Eligible organizations in sectors including arts and culture, sport, environment, human and social services, public safety, parent advisory councils and district parent advisory councils can apply for community gaming grants.
- A PAC is the officially recognized collective voice of parents in their school. A PAC, through its elected officers, may advise the school board, the principal and staff on matters relating to the school and student education.
- DPACs advise the board of education on any matter relating to education in their school district. DPACs advocate for parental involvement in the education system and give input into the development of education policy and curricula.
To apply for a B.C. community gaming grant, visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaming-grants
Check out the Government of British Columbia’s role in supporting sport, arts and culture through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/cscd