PENTICTON – A Penticton organization dedicated to protecting children has received $20,000 from the province’s Community Gaming Grant program.

The Penticton Safety Village Society is putting the grant toward its bicycle and fire safety programs for children.

“The Penticton Safety Village is a fantastic organization that teaches our youngsters about safe cycling and fire safety in a fun environment,” Penticton MLA Dan Ashton said. “I am so pleased that our government continues to support the society to ensure that its important work continues.”

This grant is awarded under the Public Safety category of the Community Gaming Grant program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming grants are also awarded in the categories of Human and Social Services, Sports and Arts and Culture, Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils, and Environment.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local non-profit organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants/.