At the first Board meeting of this fiscal held on May 29, 2013, the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society Board of Directors approved funding for seven projects in the communities of Burns Lake and Southside. The approvals bring the fiscal year-to-date total amount approved across the NKDF investment area to $128,119.
The seven newly approved projects are:
NKDF Society Chair Wayne Salewski said, “The Board of Directors is committed to continue the partnerships within the area to help in the rebuilding of the economic base here in Burns Lake.”
"Through local partnerships, NKDF is making investments that bring real benefits for our communities. These 7 new projects are just the latest example of the great work this organization is doing," said Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad.
For those interested in applying to NKDF for funds, the next proposal deadline is August 2, 2013.
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 Alcan. The Fund’s investment area includes lands impacted by the original Kemano project and focuses on those 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.
More information on the NKDF Society is available by visiting http://www.nkdf.org/ or contacting the manager:
Mr. Dan Boudreau
P.O. Box 101
Prince George, BC
Phone: 1-877-478-3863 or 250-964-4066
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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