As part of its rural development mandate, the Government of British Columbia is providing $10,000 so the Robson Valley Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen Society of British Columbia can plan a multi-use trail network and rustic equine campground west of McBride, Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson announced today.
The funding is part of nearly $700,000 in project development grants being awarded to eligible local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations under the BC Rural Dividend program. These $10,000 grants help rural communities develop projects to stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment.
The Backcountry Horsemen Society will use the funding to conduct a feasibility study and develop a master plan for the campground and a network on Belle Mountain that can be used by hikers, snowshoers, skiers and horse riders. The first phase of a multi-year project, the plan will support future grant applications.
“Congratulations to everyone involved,” said Donaldson. “The selected projects reflect the strength of rural communities – people working together for the good of the community.”
The rural dividend encourages economic diversification, innovation, sustainability and collaboration, and recognizes the diverse needs of individual communities.
- Projects were assessed and approved based on the following criteria:
- Rural communities most in need.
- Improved community resiliency and economic strength.
- Partnership building and enhanced shared prosperity.
- Project feasibility and sustainability.
- Economic impact on rural communities.
- Attracting and retaining youth.
- Innovation in economic development.
Rural Dividend: www.gov.bc.ca/ruraldividend