Abbotsford groups benefit from provincial grants

The B.C. Arts Council has dispensed $24 million to organizations across the province

Two arts and culture organizations serving Abbotsford have been awarded more than $25,000 in B.C. Arts Council grants.

The Matsqui-Sumas-Abbotsford Museum Society has been given $15,000 and the Abbotsford Arts Council received $11,522. Both organizations will use the money to cover operating costs.

The funding comes from a record-high $24 million the B.C. Arts Council received from the provincial government to support artists, arts activities and culture in the 2013-14 fiscal year, said Darryl Plecas, Abbotsford South MLA.

Established in 1995, the B.C. Arts Council consults with the arts and culture community to develop policies, programs and strategic priorities for the sector. Last year, the council approved more than 1,000 grants in over 200 communities in every region of the province.

For more information, including information on how to apply for grants, visit bcartscouncil.ca.