At the May 29th, 2019 meeting of the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society Board, Directors approved $229,581 in funding for eight projects.
The following grants were awarded to new projects:
Three additional projects were approved in the under $5,000 application category as follows:
Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology says, “The projects being funded through the NKDF will help create jobs, strengthen local economies, and bring communities together. Whether it’s through park and theatre improvements, or improving the training centre for first responders – these grants continue to make life better for people in northwest B.C.”
“Rio Tinto recognizes the good work community organizations are doing for their communities. The diversity of the projects being funded is an example of the individual unique needs of our neighbouring communities. Developing and enhancing infrastructures such as trails, theatres, community centres and regional training facilities supports community economic growth through tourism, attraction and retention of professionals needed in their communities, and delivers a healthy way of life for local residents.” Andrew Czornohalan, Operations Director, Power & Services Rio Tinto Kitimat BC Works
NKDF Chair Cindy Shelford says, “These projects will expand the economic and employment opportunities in the region and promote community well-being and generate local spending. Our communities will see many benefits from these projects, not only for their quality of life but also for attracting tourists and business to the region.”
These new approvals bring the total Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society grants awarded for the 2018-2019 funding cycle to $229,581. The Board has committed $500,000 of funds for the next funding cycle that runs April 1st, 2019 – March 31st, 2020. An amount has been set aside to be granted specifically toward projects that are regional in nature. These projects must involve collaborations between two or more organizations and benefit two or more communities within the investment area. For more information please call or visit the NKDF website.
The next application deadline is July 30th, 2019. 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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