Friday, October 13, 2017

Port Edward Historical Society benefits from rural dividend funding

The British Columbia government outlined another stream of grant funding for communities across the province this week, with 528,000 dollars in project development grants delivered to help communities develop strong, stable economies and create long term employment.

Under the program known as the Rural Dividend, communities receive funding up to 10,000 dollars that are directed towards community projects.

53 local governments, First Nations and not-for profit organizations shared in the fall funding announcement from Thursday.

This fall's funding distribution features only one North coast funding project, with the Port Edward Historical Society receiving 10,000 dollars from the Rural Dividend program. 

The Society is the umbrella group for the North Pacific Cannery Historical Site in Port Edward.

Prince Rupert and the North Coast Regional District did not make the list for grant funding for this round of the financial distribution.

However, other Northwest communities that did receive funding from the program include:

Burns Lake Band $10,000
Corporation of the Village of Burns Lake $10,000
Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (Burns Lake) $10,000
Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine $10,000
Kitsumkalum Indian Band $10,000
Moricteown Band $10,000
District of Stewart $10,000
District of Vanderhoof $10,000
Heiltsuk First Nation $9,960
Lanskeek Bay Conservation Society Queen Charlotte $10,000

The grant success for the communities of the interior Northwest gave NDP MLA Doug Donaldson an opportunity to share the good news with residents that live fairly close to his base of Smithers/Hazeltons and the riding of Stikine which he is the representative for.

It is Mr. Donaldson's Cabinet responsibility through his work as the Minister of Forests, Lands Natural Resource Operations and Rural Department which oversees the Rural Dividend program in British Columbia.

In a statement released as part of the roll out of the fall financial distributions, Mr. Donaldson noted how the funding allows individual communities to take action in their own economic development.

“I know this new funding will go a long way to ensure that folks in rural communities can share in economic gains, take control of their own economies, and plan and develop projects that will sustain their communities and families into the future.”

The announcement from the along with the full list of grant recipients can be found here

You can learn more about the Rural Dividend program here.

More notes related to provincial issues can be found on our Legislature archive page, while a wider overview of the British Columbia political scene is available on our political portal D'Arcy McGee.

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