FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC government will be giving out over $464,000 in new grants to help smaller communities develop projects.
The first intake of the three-year, $75-million BC Rural Dividend, there will be 47 grants totalling $464,294. will be awarded to 30 local governments, 15 First Nations, and two not-for-profit organizations from various locations around the province.
The grants will be up to $10,000 each and used to promote economic sustainability.
Here in northern BC the City of Dawson Creek will be receiving $10,000, while the Treaty 8 Tribal Association will also be receiving $10,000.
The final decisions on project applications for single applications which are up to $100,000 and partnerships which will be up to $500,000 are going to be announced in September of 2016.
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson says they are pleased with the first intake.
“We’re really pleased with the calibre of applications in the first intake of the BC Rural Dividend. I want to thank all those who were involved in developing the program. The project development funding demonstrates the government’s commitment to support rural British Columbians build communities where they can raise their families with pride and certainty.”