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Bill Anderson

Communications Director
Minister of State for Rural Economic Development
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 888-3381


Kamloops-Thompson to benefit from Rural Dividend funding

With the release of B.C.’s rural economic development strategy, the Province is making immediate investments of $14,315,524 through the Rural Dividend Fund to help rural communities diversify and strengthen their economies, including more than $530,000 for five projects in Kamloops-Thompson.

The District of Clearwater will receive $240,000 for the construction of a 1.6-kilometre stretch of multi-use pathway and a four-kilometre stretch of mountain bike trails.

The Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band will receive $100,000 to develop a feasibility study for an executive, nine-hole golf course and RV park. Among other things, the course and RV park will allow band members to diversify the services at Quaaout Lodge and Talking Rock Golf Course and promote local tourism.

The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society will receive $100,000 to add kiln drying and molding to their capabilities, adding value to the wood harvested in the area and diversifying the community forest’s operations.

Simpcw First Nation will receive $50,000 to recruit and train a trail construction crew to rehabilitate and build-out a network of approximately 10 kilometres of high-quality, multi-use nature trails.

The District of Barriere will receive $43,600 to fund a one-year pilot project to implement an operational sustainability plan for the Barriere Solar Aquatics Water Reclamation Centre.

These are five of 109 grants being awarded to 42 local governments, 27 First Nations and 40 not-for-profit organizations throughout the province for single and partnership projects.

In February 2017, $756,591 in project development grants was awarded to help successful proponents develop strong single-applicant, or partnerships projects, that create or retain jobs and support economic diversity in their communities.

The $25-million-per-year Rural Dividend Fund was extended for a fourth year in Balanced Budget 2017. Funding is available in four categories:

  • community capacity building;
  • workforce development;
  • community and economic development; and
  • business-sector development.

Through the first two rounds of Rural Dividend funding has provided nearly $24 million to support projects that will diversify and strengthen the economy of rural communities throughout the province.

The third application intake will run from April 3, to May 31, 2017.