SURREY – Community organizations working to safeguard vulnerable young people from gang involvement and protect victims of domestic, sexual and other forms of violence in Surrey will benefit from over $375,000 in government grants supporting public safety priorities announced Surrey-Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt.
- Kwantlen Park Secondary School $11,440 for Challenge Day
- City of Surrey $19,248 for Newton Youth on the Go!
- Board of Education No.36 (Surrey) $20,000 for the REACH program
- Surrey School District $100,000 Surrey Gang Prevention Program
- Surrey Memorial Hospital $15,000 Forensic Evidence Collection
- Centre for Child Development of the Lower Mainland $24,486 for Sophie’s Place Child Advocacy Centre
- Surrey Women’s Centre Society $40,000 for SMART Women & Girls Safety Navigator
- Surrey Women’s Centre Society $70,000 Surrey Domestic Violence Unit
- Surrey Women’s Centre Society $75,000 Surrey Map Van
- Altira Women’s Resource Society $20,000 Aboriginal Women’s Outreach Program
“All of these organizations do tremendous work to help protect children and vulnerable adults from violence and abuse,” said Hunt. “We owe all of the staff and volunteers a great deal of credit for making Surrey a better place to live.”
This is part of a nearly $7.2 million province-wide investment— the largest-ever one-time grants investment in community crime prevention in B.C. — combining $5.5 million in provincial Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) proceeds and $1.69 million from criminal forfeiture proceeds.
In all, more than 250 projects and programs throughout the province will receive a one-time grant. Nearly $2 million is dedicated to gang and youth crime prevention, and more than $3.5 million will go to community services that address violence against women and girls. The remainder will support training and education for frontline victims service workers, police training and special equipment, and restorative justice.
This year a new stream of civil forfeiture grants is dedicated to programs focused on sexual assault, including responses to sexual assault on post-secondary campuses. This builds on our Vision for a Violence Free BC, the Province’s long-term strategy to end all forms of violence against women.
To learn more about our government’s Vision for a Violence Free BC, please visit: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/victimservices/shareddocs/pubs/violence-free-bc.pdf