Non-profit groups in the central Fraser Valley that regularly apply for community gaming grants, or such groups that would like to access them, are encouraged to come to a Sept. 14 information meeting on the issue at the Slots gaming centre in Abbotsford.
Sports teams, service clubs, arts groups and other non-profit entities in Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack are welcome, said Art Villa, the facilitator for the relatively newly formed Fraser Valley Charitable Association.
"If you're eligible to receive a community gaming grant, membership [in the association] is free, so it's to your advantage to join," Villa said. Also any groups who used to belong to a bingo association in one of the three communities "are certainly encouraged to come back," said Villa. New groups that have never applied are also invited.
Previously, non-profit groups such as sports teams, arts groups or service clubs could raise money as members of bingo associations. As community gaming centres were formed about two years ago to replace bingo associations, member groups lost a go-between that could help them oversee grant applications -which many groups chose to fill out and pursue themselves.
However, many volunteers may not be knowledgeable about application requirements or the various deadlines for the five various gaming grant categories, said Villa.
In order to help non-profit groups access gaming funds, the province's Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch responded by permitting the creation of local associations to be facilitators for non-profit groups.
The Fraser Valley Charitable Association was formed last year.
Villa, who was the Abbotsford Bingo Association manager from the late 1990s and who is currently the business development manager for Playtime Gaming Inc., now also serves as the FVCA's facilitator.
He will help groups get their gaming grant applications completed correctly and in for the proper deadline.
. The information meeting is Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m., at Slots, 30835 Peardonville Rd., Abbotsford. For details and to register, contact Villa at 604-309-1481 or email email@example.com.
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