Nonprofits benefit from lotteries program

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July 2, 2015 8:15 AM

Saskatchewan Lotteries’ biggest winner are the community organizations it helps fund.

At its June 22 meeting Lloydminster city council approved the allocation of $67,177 from this 2015-2016 Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program to 12 local organizations.

The groups receiving funding from the grant are the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Association of Lloydmintser, the Libby Young Centre, the Lloydminster and District Centennial Commemorative Association, the Lloydminster Association for Community Living, the Lloydminster Border Blades Speed Skating Club, the Lloydminster Catholic School Division, the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre, the Lloydminster Senior Citizens Society, the Lloydminster Rebels Swim Club, the Lloydminster Ukrainian Cultural Association, the Meridian Youth Soccer Association and the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre (LCYC).

“It’s very helpful we’re always very appreciative every year that we’re able to receive any funding to keep out programs running, whether its recreational or any program that we offer,” said LCYC executive director Lois Butts, whose group will be receiving $10,000 from Saskatchewan Lotteries. “That allows us to provide free, fun and healthy recreational activities for all the youth in Lloydminster and the surrounding area for the age of 12 to 18.”

The Community Grant Program is aimed at helping fund sports culture and recreation programming. Municipal governments, Indian band councils and northern settlements are eligible to receive the grant money and then distribute it among local non-profit, volunteer and community groups.

Fourteen Lloydminster organizations originally applied for the grant, but after a screening process two groups, the Lloydminster and Area Brain Injury Society and the Lloydminster Air Cadets 186 Squadron, were determined to be ineligible. The Saskatchewan Lotteries Internal Review Committee then met on June 1 to determine where to direct the funding and how much each group would receive.

Any unused funding will be reallocated amongst the approved organizations by the Saskatchewan Lotteries Internal Review Committee.

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