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Government Lifts Freeze on Lottery Grants

Summary: 
The provincial government has lifted its funding freeze on lottery/gaming grants. While this is good news for those who are waiting for critical grants, we are concerned that this reprieve is temporary.

According to media reports, grants will likely be reduced in the future, as government re-assesses priorities of the grant process. Government has not yet made any official announcements regarding the gaming grants. Read the BCACL Press Release here.

Speaking of a 1999 gaming revenue-sharing agreement, Susan Marsden from the BC Association for Charitable Gaming writes, "With nearly 2 billion in government gaming revenues for 2008, the unfreezing of $159 million of that amounts to only 7.95%, a far cry from the 33 per cent original commitment”. Read the BCACG media release and Memorandum of Understanding.