NKDF grants $57,811 for Burns Lake projects
JUN 8, 2021

Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society announced today that the Board of Directors approved $57,811 in funding for three new projects in Burns Lake. 


  • The Village of Burns Lake was awarded $30,000 for the St. John's Heritage Church Redevelopment project. The former St. John’s Anglican Church, will be restored in order to preserve its heritage qualities and create a community space for workshops and events including music events and art classes.
  • The Lakes District Fair Association was awarded $20,000 for the Moving Forward During COVID project. This project will take advantage of the year off from hosting the fall fair to make structural improvements to buildings at the Eagle Creek Fairgrounds including extending the main stage, and constructing an addition for a pre-show staging area for musicians.
  • Francois Tchesinkut Lake Recreation Commission was awarded $7,811 for the Francois Lake Community Hall Improvements and Programs projects. This project includes installing a cell booster to increase cell phone coverage at the Hall and providing yoga classes and programming for Men’s and Women’s groups.

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation says, “The pandemic has been tough on everyone, impacting people, businesses and communities. But we’re all working together to put this behind us and to build a more sustainable, inclusive and innovative economy for all British Columbians. I want to congratulate the NKDF and the people of Burns Lake and area who are bringing these important community-building projects to life.”

NKDF Chair Cindy Shelford says, “Projects that support and enhance the quality of life and provide social opportunities are critical for the region right now as we begin the task of recovering from the social and economic impacts of COVID-19.”

The next application deadline is July 30, 2021. For more information please visit http://www.nkdf.org/ For requests under $5,000 applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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, 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.

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