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.
- 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.