MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale Bowinn Ma says recent provincial grant for local non-profits and organisations will reduce violence, uplift women and youth and indigenous people in North Shore.
The BC Government announced one-time grant of $209,375 for five North Shore organisations through the Crime Prevention and Remediation grant programs.
Organizations on the North Shore that will receive funding are:
- The Native Courtworker & Counselling Association of BC, $74,845
- The North Shore Restorative Justice Society, $17,550
- Family Services of the North Shore, $30,000
- North Shore Women’s Centre Society, $11,980
- Hollyburn Family Services Society, $75,000
Ma said these programs will mentor youth to resist joining gangs, support women escaping violence and help Indigenous families heal from intergenerational traumas will benefit from this funding.
“To get at the root of crime you involve those affected most,” said Ma. “These grants will increase restorative justice opportunities.
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.