City issues second round of community grants for 2016

A total of $20,312, divided among 11 organizations, was approved at the City's July 11 council meeting

The biggest beneficiaries of the Langley City community grant program this year were the

Langley Good Times Cruise-In classic car show and charitable fundraiser, the Bard in the Valley outdoor Shakespeare festival held in Douglas park and the Langley Senior Resources Society, which operates the seniors centre at 20605 51B Ave.

The second round of community grants was approved by City council on July 11, totaling $20,312 to 11 organizations in the City of Langley.

During the first round in January, $110,485 was divided among 48 organizations.

In all, 59 organizations received $130,798 from the two grant approvals in January and June.

The top three recipients based on total donations from both approval rounds were:

• Langley Good Times Cruise-In — $12,175.00

• Bard in the Valley — $11,700.00

• Langley Senior Resources Society — $10,132.00

The money for the community grant program comes from the city revenue sharing agreement with the Cascades Casino Resort.

Since 2006, the program has distributed $1.4 million to non-profit and community groups in Langley City.

During the second round, the Community Grant Committee received 14 applications and approved 11:

• Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Langley — $3,656

• Boys and Girls Club — $1,700

• Healthier Community Partnership — $1,500

• Langley Children’s Society — $1,400

• Langley Senior Resources Society — $4,297

• Parkinson Society BC — $159

• Ron Dunkley Memorial Society — $1,500

• Terry Fox run — $800

• Triple A Senior Housing — $1,800

• Wagner Hill Farm Society — $1,000

• You’ve Gotta Have Friends — $2,500

The 2016 Langley Cruise-In will be held on Saturday Sept. 10 and the swap meet and car corral will be on Sunday Sept. 11.  Bard in the Valley presents the Taming of the Shrew on the Spirit Square Stage in Douglas Park in Langley City on July 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, and 31. Most shows are at 7 p.m. but the Sunday performances are matinees and begin at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

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