The British Columbia government is distributing over $528,000 in project development grants to help rural communities develop strong, stable economies and create long-term local employment, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced today.
Under the Rural Dividend project-development funding stream, up to $10,000 is provided to eligible applicants to complete preliminary project components necessary to pursue larger community projects in the future.
Funding is being awarded to 53 local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations around the province to support project development in rural communities.
Successful project development grants range from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary to develop a concept plan for the Hardy Mountain Doukhobor Village site, to the City of Quesnel to develop a business case for a First Nations’ cultural centre – and the British Columbia Cycling Coalition to conduct a mid-Vancouver Island cycling feasibility study for the Comox Valley Regional District.
Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson –
“I know this new funding will go a long way to ensure that folks in rural communities can share in economic gains, take control of their own economies, and plan and develop projects that will sustain their communities and families into the future.”
Rural Dividend: www.gov.bc.ca/ruraldividend
A backgrounder follows.