Thursday, January 17, 2019

Rural Dividend Grants deliver thirty thousand dollars to Terrace initiatives; no funding for this round for Prince Rupert area

The Terrace region was the big winner when it comes to the latest distribution of the provincial government's Rural Dividend program, with three grants forwarded to initiatives in the Skeena Valley today.

Among the grant awards were 10,000 dollars each for the City of Terrace, Terrace Downtown Improvement Area Society and to the My Recreational Mountain Cooperative which operates the Shames Mountain Ski Hills.

Three other Northwest communities also received funding from today's announcement with the Village of Burns Lake, District of Houston and Witset First nation (Moricetown) all receiving 10,000 dollars in funding.

Prince Rupert and other North Coast communities did not make the list when it comes to successful applicants for the funding program as part of the current intake program.

One of the more recent distributions of money from the rural dividend to Prince Rupert came in March, when EcoTrust Canada received 100,000 dollars in funding towards their innovation lab plans.

This was the fifth intake for the funding program which is providing for just over $673,000 in support towards 68 local governments, First Nations and not for profit organizations.

Doug Donaldson the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations/Rural Development and MLA for the Stikine region outlined the nature the funding program and how it assists communities.

“It takes a lot of hard work to develop ideas that can stimulate local prosperity and create jobs for small communities,”  ... “Rural citizens are resourceful, and the calibre of these project development applications reflects their ingenuity and commitment to community development.”

The program provides funding of up to 10,000 dollars and is designed to provide the monetary resources for eligible applicants to do preliminary work to pursue larger projects in the future.

More announcements for the program will come in February when the province reveals the list of successful applicants  for single applicants of up to 100,000 dollars and partnerships of up to 500,000 dollars.

You can find out more about the program and review the province wide list of the successful applicants from today's announcement here.

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