Local governments, Indigenous communities and organizations, as well as not-for-profit organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply for funding in the sixth intake of the BC Rural Dividend program.
Applications will be accepted June 15 to midnight (Pacific time) Aug. 15, 2019. This is the only application window for 2019-20.
Applications to the Rural Dividend can be submitted to the program’s three funding streams.
- The project development stream provides up to $10,000 to help communities undertake preliminary work, such as feasibility assessments and business cases, to develop strong future projects.
- The single applicant stream provides up to $100,000 to support the implementation of community-driven economic development and diversification projects.
- The partnerships funding stream provides up to $500,000 to support projects that will be delivered with at least one eligible partner.
The program also includes a special circumstances provision to help communities respond to significant economic disruption.
Up to $25 million is available for 2019-20. All projects are assessed based on the information provided in the application and budget form, including a project’s feasibility and its direct impact on economic development in the community.
Projects must take place in, or directly benefit, a community with a population of 25,000 or less to be eligible for funding.
The sixth intake program guide and detailed instructions on how to apply are available on the BC Rural Dividend website: www.gov.bc.ca/ruraldividend