$360k in BC Rural Dividend grants in region
More than $360,000 out of a $10.1 million BC Rural Dividend grants program is finding its way to the East Kootenay.
The B.C. government announced today it is distributing $10.1 million in new grants to help rural communities stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced today.
Funding is being awarded to 90 local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations around the province for single (up to $100,000) and partnership (up to $500,000) projects.
Getting funds locally are: Fernie Chamber of Commerce – $36,900; Community Futures East Kootenay – $100,000; Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST)- $100,000; and Ktuanxa Nation Council Society – $100,000.
The Town of Golden is also getting $100,000.
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.
“These new grants will provide much-needed support to rural communities, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations. Going forward, we want to make sure that rural citizens have a voice and will play an integral role in any rural development,” stated Minister Donaldson.