North Shore projects granted $244,000 to improve community safety

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May 24, 2023 – Mina Kerr-Lazenby/North Shore News

Seven projects designed to improve the safety of those on the North Shore can now get underway, following funding granted via the Civil Forfeiture Grant Program.

The program, initiated by the BC NDP government, will provide nearly $9.7 million in one-time grants to 197 community projects.

The projects, led by Indigenous organizations, local governments, community-based not-for-profits, school districts, health authorities, academic institutions and police departments, will improve safety from various standpoints.

Some will focus on wider issues, like addressing criminal activity in local communities, while others will help those on a more personal level – including those who have experienced or are experiencing gender-based violence, or Indigenous people who are recovering from trauma.

“Violence can have a lasting impact on entire families and communities,” said North Vancouver-Lonsdale NDP MLA Bowinn Ma.

“This funding will support a variety of programs that help people recover, heal, and rebuild relationships to support a stronger community.”

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