Robertson was in Vanderhoof today to present cheques for the projects. The largest project was $30,000 for the District of Vanderhoof to place community signs east and west of town. The District of Vanderhoof also received final payment for a $13,948 grant for an Airport Development Plan and an advance on a $4,000 grant for a community arts and cultural assessment for the area.
St. John Hospital Auxiliary Society will receive $15,000 for the operating room enhancement project and the Vanderhoof Rotary Club received $6,750 toward a $7,500 grant for the Riverside Trial Suspension Bridge.
"This funding will go to support community efforts to improve local infrastructure, healthcare and arts and culture," said Prince George-Omineca MLA John Rustad. "I’m proud that our government can partner with the NKDFS to get behind community-driven projects like these which will benefit the people of Vanderhoof and area."
Colleen Nyce, Manager Corporate Affairs and Community Relations, Alcan, British Columbia, and member of the board of the NKDFS is "very pleased to know that Alcan's $7.5 million dollar economic contribution to this perpetual fund is being utilized on a consistent basis. We are also encouraged to see the calibre and number of good community development proposals that come forward from across the region."
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 Alcan Inc. The Fund’s investment area includes lands impacted by the original Kemano project and focuses on those communities in the 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.
Contact: Dan Boudreau, Manager, Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society
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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