Parent advisory councils in Surrey and White Rock will together receive $1,390,400 in Community Gaming Grant funding to enhance local students’ education.
Of that pot, Surrey-Panorama will receive $189,060, Surrey-Guildford 152,880, Surrey-Newton 183,780, South Surrey 149,160, Surrey-Cloverdale 158,760, Surrey-Fleetwood 140,300, Surrey-Green Timbers 140,960, Surrey-Whalley 104,700, and Surrey-White Rock 170,800.
“This is a great opportunity for students in Panorama,” said Jinny Sims, NDP MLA for Surrey-Panorama.
“Funding parent advisory councils means parents volunteering do not have to spend as much time fundraising. Parents can focus on experiences for students that will better equip them for their future.”
Garry Begg, NDP MLA for Surrey-Guildford, noted that “income shouldn’t be a barrier for students participating in afterschool activities” and providing funds to PACs “means a more inclusive community for our children.”
Marvin Hunt, Liberal MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale, said he was surprised by the numbers “because I know we’ve got all kinds of charities that previously got gaming grants that are all being cut left, right and centre. So I’m kind of surprised that it’s all going to PACs now.”
More than 1,300 PACs and DPACs throughout the province will in the 2019-2020 school year receive roughly $11 million, all told, in Community Gaming Grant funding.
These grants provide up to $140 million annually to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations in B.C. The funding for PACs is currently set at a rate of $20 per student with the total grant amount based on enrollment at the beginning of the previous school year. Grants for DPACs are set at $2,500 per year.