Over $500,000 in scholarships for Langley groups including rugby club, youth health center – Aldergrove Star

More than $550,000 in grants to Langley community groups will mean everything from a new truck for animal control workers to new rugby fields in Milner.

The grants are Community Gaming Grants, which are funded from casino and lottery revenues. This year $5 million was set aside for capital grants, for buildings, real estate, renovations or other physical and long-term assets.

The projects in Langley are:

• $40,750 for a new Langley Animal Protection Society control truck, including equipment for safe animal transportation. LAPS currently has four vehicles, and two of them have to retire because of their age and high mileage.

• $250,000 for the Foundry Langley Gathering and Inclusivity spaces. The Langley Encompass Support Services Society is running the project to bring a foundry center to Langley.

Foundry locations provide physical and mental health resources for local youth.

The money in this grant will go specifically to a renovation project at the Foundry’s site at 20618 Eastleigh Crescent, to furnish the Gathering and Inclusivity spaces in the new downtown area. The space will include a demonstration kitchen, a large group room and a multipurpose room.

There will also be an Indigenous Support Office, a circle room for healing and spiritual practice, and a separate adjacent waiting room.

• An additional $250,000 grant will be made to the Langley Rugby Club for the addition of a second natural grass playing field at their Milner facility.

The club announced a year ago that the deal for the new venue was closed, allowing them to expand their old Crush Crescent facility, not only a new playing field, but also more parking for players and spectators.

The extra field will allow the club to more easily host tournaments and provide more field time for their youth programs, which were growing rapidly before the pandemic.

There were also plans for a new clubhouse. The club have owned their main pitch, not far from Glover Road, since 1987, having played locally for many years before that. In 2018 it celebrated its 50th anniversary.

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• $22,170 to upgrade the Langley Curling Club to its overhead camera systems and monitors, which will be placed above the two houses on each ice sheet and allow for accurate readings and scoring.

The system is used in both technical analysis during competitive play and to help players develop and improve their games.

The new version of the technology will allow the club to livestream its matches and give coaches new tools.

“This round of gaming grants will have an incredible impact on our community,” said Megan Dykeman, MLA for Langley East. “I’m especially looking forward to the renovations at Foundry Langley, an organization that will provide youth mental health and resource services, as well as primary care for vulnerable youth.”

“Grants like this support a wide range of important services and activities for people in Langley – including sports!” said Langley MLA Andrew Mercier. “Financing for improvements and upgrades to both the curling and rugby clubs means more people can get out and enjoy local sport and recreation.”

The Community Gaming Grants program distributes $140 million each year to approximately 5,000 community service organizations in BC, including sports leagues, arts and culture groups, environmental organizations, health and social services, and parent advisory boards in schools.

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