April 8th, 2019 – At the March 20th, 2019 meeting of the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society Board, Directors approved $100,129 in funding for five projects.
The following grants were awarded to new projects:
“These projects will help strengthen community involvement and serve the diverse needs of people in Northern B.C.,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “From building a greenhouse to grow local, healthy food to helping communities prepare for future wildfires – these projects contribute to sustainable, thriving communities, which are a key part of B.C.’s growing economy.”
“Rio Tinto BC Works recognizes the proposed projects as contributing factors to each community’s sustainability. The action plan on wild fire preparedness to community social needs all support the success of our neighbouring communities, which is important to Rio Tinto. We wish each of the recipients all the best with their projects and outcomes.” Andrew Czornohalan, Operation Director - Power & Services, Kitimat & Kemano, BC Works.
NKDF Chair Cindy Shelford says, “These projects are only made possible through the efforts of many contributing parties--volunteers, local governments, and funding partners. NKDF Directors are pleased to support community-led initiatives with economic outcomes and benefits that build strong, safe and resilient communities."
These new approvals bring the total Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society grants awarded for the 2018-2019 funding cycle to $498,393. The Board has committed $500,000 of funds for the next funding cycle that runs April 1st, 2019 – March 31st, 2020. The next application deadline is July 30th, 2019. For more information please visit http://www.nkdf.org/
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 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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