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BC Rural Dividend Grant Funds Salt Spring Shared Business Services Study

    Farm & Garden, Food & Entertainment    April 3, 2018

As part of its rural development mandate, the Government of British Columbia is providing $39,136 to support community projects in the Cowichan Valley and Gulf Islands, Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan announced today.

“The wide range of projects that received grants is a testament to the resourcefulness of the proponents and their commitment to diversifying their community’s economy,” said Routley.

The funding is part of nearly $700,000 in project development grants being awarded to eligible local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations under the BC Rural Dividend program. These grants, of up to $10,000 each, help rural communities develop projects to stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment.

“Congratulations to everyone involved,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The selected projects reflect the strength of rural communities – people working together for the good of the community.”

  • Capital Regional District (Salt Spring Island) is being awarded $9,869 for a feasibility study to research the potential for shared business services to support Salt Spring Island crafts, artisans, and lifestyle and non-perishable product producers in growing their operations.
  • The Community Futures Development Corporation – Cowichan Region is being awarded $9,325 to complete a feasibility study for the Duncan Highway Corridor Business Association.
  • The Thetis Island Community Association is being awarded $10,000 for a feasibility study to determine the viability of upgrading and expanding the Thetis Island Community Centre.
  • The Gabriola Arts Council is being awarded $9,942 for a feasibility study to determine the best way for residents to collaborate to build a successful local arts community.

The rural dividend encourages economic diversification, innovation, sustainability and collaboration, and recognizes the diverse needs of individual communities.

Quick Facts:

  • Projects were assessed and approved based on the following criteria:
    • Rural communities most in need.
    • Improved community resiliency and economic strength.
    • Partnership building and enhanced shared prosperity.
    • Project feasibility and sustainability.
    • Economic impact on rural communities.
    • Attracting and retaining youth.
    • Innovation in economic development.

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