Nelson – Local MLA Michelle Mungall is welcoming one-time grants totalling nearly $150,000 from the Crime Prevention and Remediation program. Programs that mentor youth, support women escaping violence and help Indigenous families heal from intergenerational traumas will benefit from this funding.

“Caring for and helping people are priorities for our community and our government,” said Mungall. “These grants will do a lot of good in our community.”

Organizations receiving funding are:

· The Nelson & District Women’s Centre and the West Kootenay Women’s Association, $30,000 for their Heal the Earth, Heal Ourselves project.

· The Nelson Police Department, $19,813 for their Restorative Justice Community Engagement project.

· The Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-operative, $70,000 to develop their SKY Coordinated Response program.

· The North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society, $30,000 for their Healing through Cultural Connections project.

The Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program is funded through proceeds of the Civil Forfeiture Office, which undermines the profit motive behind criminal activity by taking away tools and proceeds of crime and putting them back into programs that support community crime prevention and safety.

In total, over $6 million in grants and more than 170 local organizations and projects – led by community not-for-profits, and school districts – will receive funding through this grant program in 2018-19. Since 2006, the Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program has provided more than $39 million to help organizations throughout B.C. to further their crime prevention efforts.

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