Burns Lake / Southside – The directors of the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society (NKDFS) approved $356,379 for six community economic development projects in the Burns Lake and Southside areas, society chair Dave Merz announced today.
“Over the past two years we have approved funding of more than $2M dollars throughout the NKDF investment area.” Said Society Chair, Dave Merz. “With many worthy applications coming forward, our directors work very hard to make some difficult decisions.”
Merz presented the Ootsa Lake Bible Camp Society with a cheque for $25,000 today, 50% of a total grant of $50,000 to assist with the final stages of constructing their new lodge at Ootsa Lake. Also approved during the past fiscal is $60,000 to the Southside Economic Development Association to build a Farmer’s Market – Carving Shed, and the Southside Volunteer Fire Department will receive $11,400 to install an underground water tank. In Burns Lake area, the Lakes District Senior Citizen’s Housing Association will get a $100,000 contribution toward construction of a new Independent Living units for seniors, the Burns Lake Band is approved for $34,979 to assist with business planning and engineering costs for the Gathering Place project, and the Burns Lake Public Library Association will receive $100,000 for the library expansion planned for this summer.
The Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society is a non-profit society governed by ten directors and staffed by one part-time manager. The society works to promote sustainable economic development in British Columbia’s northwestern communities, particularly those affected by the Kitimat-Kemano project and the creation of the Nechako Reservoir.
The Government of B.C. and Alcan Inc. each contributed $7.5 million to establish the Northern Development Fund in 1999. The investment income generated from this fund supports the grants program.
For more information, contact: Dan Boudreau,
Manager, Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society
The Government of B.C. and Alcan Inc. each contributed $7.5 million to establish the Northern Development Fund in 1999. The investment income generated from this fund supports the NKDF grants program. Each partner has one representative serving on the board of directors. The NKDF is part of the portfolio of the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.
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