CHILLIWACK – The Chilliwack Search and Rescue Society received $30,000 for its search and rescue and training programs last week, while the Coquihalla Summit Snowmobile Club received $12,000 for avalanche safety and trail maintenance.

This funding was provided by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development’s Community Gaming Grant program.

Chilliwack Search and Rescue is a volunteer organization responsible for covering an area of 1,100-square kilometres. The organization is called upon 60-70 times each year to help those who find themselves in danger, whether in urban, rural, mountainous, swift water or wilderness terrain.

The Coquihalla Summit Snowmobile Club is an organization devoted to the sport of recreational snowmobiling and promoting the safe and responsible use of the British Columbia backcountry.

This grant was awarded under the Public Safety category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues.

In addition to the Public Safety category, Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Sport, Human and Social Development, Environment, and Arts and Culture.

In the 2012/13 fiscal year, the B.C. government distributed $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.

For organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants, full application information can be found at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.

To find out more about the Chilliwack Search and Rescue Society, visit chilliwacksar.org. To learn about the Coquihalla Summit Snowmobile Club, visit coqsnow.com.