NewsProvincial funding going to valley sport, arts, and culture organizations SHARE ON: Troy Landreville, staff Thursday, Nov. 7th, 2019 Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna Rae Leonard (Supplied by BC NDP)The province is divvying up $632,870 to 24 sport, arts, and culture organizations in the Comox Valley.New Democrat MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard said she welcomes the funding.“A vibrant arts scene and robust sports programs contribute to a positive and inclusive community,” said Leonard, the MLA for Courtenay-Comox. “These grants will help ensure people continue to have access to these important programs.”The funding comes from the Community Gaming Grants program and is benefitting 10 arts and culture organizations and 14 community sports organizations in the Comox Valley, including the Comox Valley Art Gallery and the Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association. View a full list here. In 2019-20, the Community Gaming Grants program is distributing roughly $18.3 million to 700 not-for-profit organizations across the province to support visual and performing arts, literature, festivals, Indigenous and cultural programs for people of all ages. The grants program is also distributing approximately $27 million to more than 800 community-based sports organizations for programs such as soccer, swimming, hockey, biking, martial arts, skiing and Special Olympics.