Local MLA Nicholas Simons welcomes over $58,000 for students on the Sunshine Coast & nearly $44,000 for students in Powell River

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VICTORIA – New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons is welcoming over $58,000 in Community Gaming Grant funding to Parent Advisory Councils to benefit students in the Sunshine Coast, and nearly $44,000 for students in Powell River.

“These grants will go to helping support learning beyond the classroom with things like field trips and extra-curricular activities,” said Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. “I’m really pleased we can offer this direct support to parents, students, and schools.”

Schools receive PAC funding each year to provide students from kindergarten to Grade 12 with a variety of extracurricular experiences including field trips, sports and playground equipment, music, and writing and debate competitions. This year 14 school PACs are receiving $58,180 in Gaming Grant funding in the Sunshine Coast.

No child should be denied opportunities because their family can’t afford it, and that programs like the Community Gaming Grants and the new Playground Equipment Program help level and furnish the playing field.

Quick Facts:

  • The Community Gaming Grants Branch provides funding to parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs) to support the enhancement of extracurricular opportunities for K-12 students in British Columbia.
  • For the 2019-2020 school year, more than 1,300 PACs and DPACs throughout B.C. are receiving approximately $11 million in Community Gaming Grant funding. Community Gaming Grants provide up to $140 million to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations throughout British Columbia each year.
  • Funding amounts for PACs are currently set at a rate of $20 per student. The total grant amount is based on student enrollment as of the start of the previous school year. The grant funding amount for DPACs is currently set at $2,500 per year.

Media contact: Ella Champion, 250-953-4741