Community organizations will receive promised lottery funds, minister says
BY WENDY MCLELLAN, THE PROVINCE
AUGUST 23, 2009
The freeze on millions of dollars in grants to community organizations has quietly thawed.
The money, which is drawn from the province’s revenue from gambling, had been promised months ago to thousands of charities. But in July, the Liberal government acknowledged the gaming grants had been halted and were under review.
Last week, two days after the NDP held a press conference to highlight the plight of organizations — including the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and little league teams — that had already spent their gaming grant money and were anxiously awaiting the cheques, the minister responsible for the programs told a Kamloops radio reporter the freeze had been lifted and the cheques would be issued.