The Society was established earlier this year to promote sustainable economic development in communities impacted by the Kitimat-Kemano project and the creation of the Nechako Reservoir.
A new toll free line has been set up to ensure that people across the region can easily access the Society, and a series of workshops in investment area communities is being coordinated to inform people on how to apply for funding.
As Manager of the Society, Fiona Glass, said, "we have been working hard to establish clear program guidelines for grant applicants. Now we are excited about distributing this information to interested parties."
For the 1999-2000 fiscal year a total of $765,000 will be available for the Society’s two grant programs.Community Grants are for projects which improve the basic facilities, equipment, services or installations needed for growth, jobs, community stability and quality of life. Economic Development Capacity Grantsare for developing community and regional capacity to generate economic development.
At this stage, workshops are planned as follows:
Anyone interested in attending the workshops or who would like more information on the Fund is welcome to call the Society on the toll free line at 1 877 478 FUND - 3863 (or 877 6922 for those in the Smithers area); send a fax to (250) 847 6079; access the web page at www.ndf.gov.bc.ca; or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Society is governed by a Board of representatives from the Nechako Region and Kitamaat Village. A new Chair - Dave Merz, a Fort Fraser Rancher - was appointed at the September 22 Board meeting, following this month’s resignation of Janine Elo. Ms. Elo, who has been Chair since the process of establishing the Society began, decided to resign following her new appointment as District Manager of the Fort St James Forest District. Taking over Merz’ former position as Secretary-Treasurer is June Clark, a Vanderhoof Consultant.
Merz said "Janine has had huge input into getting this Society going and we thank her for that. I am looking forward to carrying on the good work."
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Contact: Fiona Glass, Manager
1 877 478 FUND (3863)
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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