Bard in the Valley will get just over $11,000 from the City of Langley community grants program. File Photo

Bard in the Valley, business association and seniors benefit from Langley City grants

Casino proceeds fund financial support for community groups

Community groups will share $125,000 from the City of Langley this year.

The first round of 2018 community grants have been approved by City council, with a second round of grants from a $168,000 municipal fund to be decided later this year.

In all, more than 40 groups will share grants ranging from a few hundred to several thousands of dollars.

The top three beneficiaries are: Langley Senior Resources Society, which received $15,000, Bard in the Valley, the annual Shakespeare festival that features performances each summer in Douglas Park, which received $11,175 and the Downtown Langley Business Association (DLBA) Arts Alive and Fork and Finger events which received $11,000.

The smallest grant approved was $150 for the Langley 4H District Council.

The money comes from the City’s share of profits from the Cascades Casino at 20393 Fraser Hwy, which is projected to be $6.8 million, up $400,000 from the previous year.

READ MORE: Langley City council approves financial plan and tax hike

Absent from the grantees this year was the Langley Good Times Cruise-In, the all-volunteer group that organizes the annual classic-car charity fundraiser.

It did not apply for a grant from the City for 2018.

The event relocated from the City to Aldergrove last year following a dispute with the City over policing costs.

The event will be held in Aldergrove again this year on Saturday, Sept. 8 with the Swap Meet and Car Corral on Sunday, Sept. 9.

READ MORE: Cruise-In returns to Aldergrove

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