At the March 14th, 2017 meeting of the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society Board, Directors approved $88,066.00 in funding for three new projects.
The three new projects are:
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour says, “I know that being able to maintain an active lifestyle is important to many of our residents. Adding bike trails and creating engaging activities will greatly benefit our community members and the tourists that come to visit.”
Gareth Manderson, General Manager Rio Tinto BC Works says, “Rio Tinto recognizes the effort community organizations put into their grass roots projects including the many volunteer hours it takes to make these possible. Rio Tinto is pleased to be part of NKDF and supporting initiatives which benefit communities where we have operations.”
Of these funding approvals John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes says, “Investments in smaller communities like ours has a cascading effect, creating opportunities for community engagement, active living, and creating openings for economic growth. The $88,066.00 will go a long way to bolster the ongoing efforts of our hardworking community leaders.”
“The Board of Directors of NKDF are pleased to support such diverse funding needs from the communities within our benefiting region,” says NKDF Chair Wayne Salewski.
The next proposal deadline is April 12th, 2017. For requests under $5000.00 NKDF accepts requests on continuous basis. For more information please visit http://www.nkdf.org/
For more information on past projects funded throughout the NKDF investment area please visit http://www.nkdf.org/projects or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NKDFS
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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