At the September 9th, 2015 meeting of the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society Board in Vanderhoof, the Board of Directors approved funding for two new projects, bringing the total year-to-date total amount approved across the NKDF investment area to $37,460.00.
The two (2) newly approved projects are:
“This funding is another example of how the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society is supporting communities in their efforts to enhance services and improve the quality of life for people in the region,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “These two important projects demonstrate how we can improve health outcomes and arts literacy in our communities while supporting jobs in B.C.’s diverse, strong and growing economy.”
Gaby Poirier, General Manager of Rio Tinto’s Aluminium group in BC, says, “The Nechako Kitamaat Development Fund is an excellent community initiative. Rio Tinto is proud to have been a partner in this fund for the past fifteen years. Together, we have been able to provide benefits directly to grass roots organizations and have positive impacts at the community level.”
NKDF Chair Wayne Salewski said, “NKDF Directors are pleased to support applications for two projects that will make an important difference to their community and organizations.”
“By investing in education and health care, NKDF is improving the quality of life for citizens in our region,” said Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad.
The next two proposal deadlines are October 27th, 2015 and February 2nd, 2016.
The Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society was jointly established in 1997 with a combined contribution of $15 million by the government of British Columbia and the former Alcan Inc., now Rio Tinto. The Fund’s investment area includes lands impacted by the original Kemano project and focuses on the communities in the Ootsa, Lakes, Nechako and Haisla regions of the north.
The Society encourages applications from local governments and legally incorporated non-profit organizations. NKDF invests in projects that create sustainable employment, diversify the economy, and improve the basic infrastructure needed for community stability, quality of life and growth.
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, Trade and Technology.
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