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 Our email: cocga.com@gmail.com

Changes are coming soon in BC with a New Societies Act activating in November 2016.
For more information: The New Societies Act_ What You Need To Know – Kelowna Community Resources

COCGA is a not-for-profit organization with over one hundred members in the Central Okanagan. Our mission is to create awareness about the BC Community Gaming Grant program and offer support to community groups in the Okanagan region and the Kootenays who are applying to the program.
PDF for download: COCGA INFO BROCHURE

Membership:
Any organization who has applied for or received BC Charitable Gaming funding and is interested in the objectives of the association may become a member of Central Okanagan Charitable Gaming Association.
• There are no membership fees.
• To Become A Member, an organization must designate one official representative and one alternate in writing to the association at cocga.com@gmail.com .(This info would include name/e-mail address/phone #/mailing address for each person.) Note: This is our NEW email – eff Dec 2014

Links to BC Gaming Information sites:
• For all Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch updates: click here.
• For Community Gaming Grant application deadlines:   https://www.gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants/community-gaming.htm
• To apply online for BC Charitable Gaming grants or to check on your application status: click here

BC Gaming application periods happen throughout the year according to the following schedule:
Arts and Culture/Sports –
Apply from Feb 1 – May 31 / Final notification: Aug 31
Public Safety/Environment –  Apply from Jul 1 – Aug 31 /  Final notification: Nov 30
Human and Social Services –  Apply from Aug 1 – Nov 30 /  Final notification: Feb 28


CURRENT EVENTS:

     The BC Association for Charitable Gaming, held the September 28 & 29 symposium,“Back to the Future” this year in Richmond, BC.  The BCACG is partnering with Volunteer BC. The new Leadership Team of the Community Gaming Grant program in Victoria were there to present their new vision for the gaming grant program.
For more information on the event contact Executive Director David Sheach at executivedirector@bcacg.com
bcagc-symposium-sept-28-30-richmond-bc

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Kelowna, BC: The Central Okanagan Charitable Gaming Association (COCGA) regularly hosts a grant writing workshop for community groups, organizations and charities from the central Okanagan, specifically aimed at BC gaming grant funding.

Regular Gaming grant writing workshops began again in January 2016.
The next Intake period covers Human and Social Services organizations: Aug 1 – Nov 30, 2016.
Check back here later for the schedule.

The workshop will focus on how to write successful applications for a gaming grant; is aimed at both first-time applicants and returning applicants, who have funding questions.
Community groups attending are encouraged to bring along recent applications or submissions to BC Gaming for comment.
RSVP is required to carolinemiller@shaw.ca. before (TBA). Please advise how many people are attending from your organization. Cost is $10 per person. Presenter is Caroline Miller from the Central Okanagan Charitable Gaming Association (COCGA). A light lunch will be available.
If you have questions, you may also email carolinemiller@shaw.ca.

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BCACG elected new officers at the 2014 AGM in Vancouver in Oct 2014. Our coordinator Caroline Miller is now secretary for this parent organization. A new, active direction for the organization is forming in its relationship with BC Gaming across the province. If your organization did not receive it directly, please take a look at their latest letter: Mar 2015 – Letter from BCACG to members
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The COCGA Board of Directors is always evaluating the organization’s direction in coming years in order to better support the needs of our regional members in their dealings with  BC Gaming . If you have suggestions or comments please contact us with your input.
For more information:
Caroline Miller, Coordinator, at carolinemiller@shaw.ca;
(or 250-469-7358/ cmiller@kelownachamber.org)
Wendy McCracken, Admin Asst., at cocga.com@gmail.com