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Grants approved for Richmond community groups

Forty-two community groups will net city grants totalling $625,402, city council decided Monday.

Most of the cash—$530,637—will go to 30 health, safety and social service groups, including Richmond Addiction Services, Chimo Crisis Services and Family Services of Greater Vancouver.

Another $94,765 will go to 12 groups providing recreation programs and community events, with the largest grant going to the Steveston Community Society, which acts as the trustee of fund serving low-cost summer programs in 14 facilities in Richmond.

At Monday’s meeting of city council, Coun. Bill McNulty said for some groups, these grants are a “lifeline” and offer support when senior governments fail to.

“Without what we’re giving them, they wouldn’t exist,” he said. “I’m not sure how long we can see the downloading or the lack of support at other levels of government. I think some things have to start changing around.”

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