12/10/2013 01:36 EST | Updated 02/09/2014 05:59 EST

B.C. backcountry safety organizations get gaming grants for safety programs

VANCOUVER - Two backcountry safety organizations will split a $500,000 gaming grant from the B.C. government.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre and the BC Search and Rescue Association will receive $250,000 each.

The avalanche centre produces daily snowslide forecasts for most of the mountainous regions in Western Canada.

The Search and Rescue Association supports more than 2,500 search-and-rescue volunteers in about 80 communities.

Both organizations also provide public programs to educate people about how to safely participate in winter activities.

Money from gaming grants comes from gambling revenues in the province.