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Posted: October 13, 2017

$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.

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