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Provincial Gaming Grants Throughout Canada

By: Russell Potvin

Mon. Oct. 20, 2014

Canadian Gaming Grants

When it comes to gambling and online gaming in Canada, there are there are many companies that are taking advantage of some attractive federal and provincial government grants that can be applied for. These are usually provincial or territory managed and therefore you will need to check with your individual province or territory to see if there is one available. Gaming grants in Canada are usually made available to charitable organizations and can be applied for on a yearly basis. Grizzly Gambling takes a look at the more attractive programs throughout the country.

Top Gaming Grants in Canada

Ontario Trillium Foundation Funded entirely by the proceeds from the OLG, the Ontario Trillium Foundation is the largest Canadian gaming grant contributor. They are unique in that they deploy 330 volunteers to review and analyze more than 3,000 applications annually. They rely on their volunteers who have knowledge of local community needs in the review process. Their aim is to make great contributions that help create vibrant and healthy communities. The Ontario Trillium Foundation awards approximately 1,500 grants per year to community-based non-profit and charitable organizations in the arts, recreation, environment and human and social services sectors. They usually have an annual budget of over $100 million and they are an agency of the Ontario government. They have been contributing for over 30 years now having celebrated their thirtieth year in 2013. They are always looking for ways to be more effective in the financial aid as well as being thought leaders.

British Columbia Community Gaming Grant The Government of British Columbia approves $135 million in community gaming grants each year. These funds are distributed among specific sectors that include the human and social services. In 2013 to 2014, 1,711 contributions worth 467,324,764 were received by human and social services organization in British Columbia. These subsidies were given to service clubs, wellness providers, counselling services for adults and children and so much more. The community gaming contributions in British Columbia help local organizations and help make the lives of those living in British Columbia better. Some of the recipients in 2013 to 2014 included the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia, Vancouver who received $250,000. Project Literacy - Kelowna Society received $100,000 as did the Canadian National Institute for the Blind - Northern BC Region, Prince George. The Children of the Street Society, Coquitlam received $90,000 and the Nelson Food Cupboard Society received $68,000. The Volunteer Terrace received $65,500 and the North Island Alcohol/Drug Information and Education Society, Campbell River received $20,000. The full list of financial aid recipients can be found on the BC Community Gaming Grant website as well as more information on how and when to apply.

Charitable Gaming Grant in Saskatchewan In Saskatchewan, there is a $1.9 million charitable gaming grands fund available. This is provided by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) and it will see more than 700 groups and organizations benefiting from the fund. Don McMorris who is the minister responsible for the SLGA has stated that the groups and organizations that benefit from this fund are made up of volunteers whose mission is to enhance the lives of others. The government also provides some of the finances that are made available through the charitable program. This grant has been made available to support groups and organizations that conduct charitable gaming including licensed bingos, raffles, breakopen tickets, Texas Hold'em poker and Monte Carlo events.

All groups and organizations who apply for a grant can receive funding equal to 25% of the net revenues raised from the activities, up to a maximum of $100,000 per annum. These grants are paid quarterly and groups that conduct licensed charitable gaming activities and events do not have to apply for the financial aid. The appropriations are calculated by the SLGA based on charitable gaming reports that are submitted. Some of the organizations that have benefited so far from the SLGA grant include Moose Jaw and the surrounding area which received $159,016. North Battleford and surrounding areas received $136,978, Melville and surrounding areas received $64,654, Humboldt and surrounding area received $47,321, and Estevan and the surrounding area received $46,370. To be apply in Saskatchewan, applicants must obtain a Charitable Gaming Licence from the government website

More and more provinces and territories in Canada are offering gaming grants and in order to see whether your province is offering a gaming subsidy, we suggest you research at your local government website.