Under the BC Rural Dividend Program, the Government of British Columbia is providing $108,920 to the Village of Cumberland and the United Riders of Cumberland Association for projects that will attract tourists and outdoor enthusiasts, Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, announced today on behalf of Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.
“Cumberland has so much to offer, and these projects will expand opportunities for residents and tourists alike, so they can enjoy the region’s superb mountain biking trails and explore the village’s rich history,” Fraser said.
The funding is part of nearly $8 million in 58 project grants being awarded to eligible local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations through the BC Rural Dividend Program. Rural dividend grants help fund projects that that will stabilize rural economies. Grants can be up to $100,000 each, or up to $500,000 each for partnership projects.
- The corporation of the Village of Cumberland is being awarded $29,620 to build a loop trail through the site of No. 1 Japanese Town, with 12 interpretive signs sharing the history of the site.
- The United Riders of Cumberland Association is being awarded $79,300 to complete a detailed layout and oversee construction of a four-kilometre destination climbing non-motorized trail, so users can access the upper part of the Cumberland-Western Trail network without having to travel on resource roads.
“Government is following through on its commitment to help rural communities navigate changes that have impacted local economies, by supporting local business development and creating new partnerships to promote shared prosperity,” Donaldson said. “These rural dividend grants are bringing positive change to rural communities throughout B.C.”
Earlier this month, nearly $5 million was granted to fund 30 projects in wildfire-impacted areas and two communities that were affected by the shutdown of local mills.
The rural dividend encourages economic diversification, innovation, sustainability and collaboration, and recognizes the diverse needs of individual communities.
As part of Budget 2018, the Government of British Columbia committed to extending the $25-million-per-year rural dividend to 2020-21. The rural dividend is one aspect of government’s rural development mandate, which is committed to making rural communities more resilient.
BC Rural Dividend Program: www.gov.bc.ca/ruraldividend