Two Fort St. John community projects receive provincial funding

A photo from the Indigenous Artist Market Facebook page. The market is located on 100th avenue in Fort St. John.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two community projects in Fort St. John will each receive $10,000 from the provincial government.

The funding is part of nearly $700,000 in project development grants being awarded to eligible local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations under the B.C. Rural Dividend program.

The Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre in Fort St. John is being awarded $10,000 to develop a marketing strategy to create national and international attention for the Indigenous Artists Market and make it a tourist attraction in the Peace Region.

The Tsay Keh Dene Nation is being awarded $10,000 to develop a comprehensive business/project plan for the first phase of a sustainable biomass energy project that can displace diesel energy generation.

The rural dividend encourages economic diversification, innovation, sustainability and collaboration, and recognizes the diverse needs of individual communities.