Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society Directors approved $6,000 in funding for the Sunrise Services for Seniors Society Drop-in Centre.
The NKDF Board of Directors considers seniors to be an important component of the economy in each of the communities throughout the investment area. The grant dollars will assist with establishing a drop-In centre that will provide services for seniors and their families, caregivers and health care professionals.
The Centre will serve as a comprehensive source of information and resource materials for existing community-based support programs, government services, healthcare services and social activities that support healthy aging; addressing dementia, health & wellness, mental health, transportation, housing, abuse including financial abuse and government service information.
Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology says, “Community development is really about making a positive impact in people’s lives. This funding for the Seniors Society Drop-in Centre is a nice example of finding small ways to serve those who have already made life-long contributions to our families and our communities.”
Andrew Czornohalan, Operations Director, Power & Services BC Works says, “Rio Tinto recognizes the importance of services such as those that Sunrise Services for Seniors is offering to the residents of Burns Lake. The economic benefits of helping our seniors to stay in their communities, close to friends and family; is paramount to maintain a whole and healthy community.”
NKDF Chair Cindy Shelford says, “The Board of Directors is pleased to support this project that will strengthen the capacity of the community and the region and provide greater opportunity to support seniors that play a vital role in the health of the community.”
Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society has awarded $268,581 in grants for the 2018-2019 funding cycle to date. The Board has committed $500,000 of funds for the current 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 October 22, 2019. For more information please visit http://www.nkdf.org/
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, local First Nations 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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