Rural Dividend grants support Thompson-Nicola communities

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May 1, 2019

KAMLOOPS – Under the BC Rural Dividend Program, the Government of British Columbia is providing $1,206,897 for 13 projects in the Thompson-Nicola region.

“This funding supports the diverse needs of small communities throughout the province and the people who live in them,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Our government is getting results for people in every region, creating jobs and enhancing everyday services and amenities for families around the province.”

Almost $19 million in 153 single applicant and partnership project grants are being awarded to eligible local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations through the Rural Dividend Program.

These grants help fund projects that support economic development and diversification in rural communities throughout the province. Grants can be up to $100,000 for a single applicant project or up to $500,000 for partnership projects.

“Visitors to B.C. are drawn to the authentic cultural experiences Indigenous tourism offers. With more than 400 Indigenous tourism operators in our province, our new strategic framework for tourism in B.C. looks at ways we can further partner with communities to grow this sector even more,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Supporting Indigenous tourism is a key way we can drive economic growth in rural areas and celebrate the rich heritage of Indigenous peoples in B.C.”

As well, over $4.6 million in grants are being provided to the program’s special circumstances stream to support 23 applicants responding to economic challenges resulting from the loss of a main employer or the impacts of a natural disaster.

Additionally, $673,124 were awarded through the project development stream to communities around the province to complete preliminary work to support future projects.

The Rural Dividend encourages economic diversification through community capacity building, workforce development, community and economic development, and business sector development.

The Government of British Columbia has committed to extending the $25-million-per-year Rural Dividend to 2021-22.

The Rural Dividend is one aspect of government’s rural development mandate, which commits to making rural communities more resilient.

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A backgrounder follows.


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Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
250 356-7506


BC Rural Dividend project awards for Thompson-Nicola

  • Cook’s Ferry Indian Band is being awarded $74,416 to create an agricultural development strategy. The project includes a review of existing irrigation infrastructure, investments required to support land development and agriculture best-management practices to sustain long-term opportunities for the Band.
  • The District Municipality of Clearwater is being awarded $150,000 to construct two multi-use pathways within the community and a mountain bike trail system to serve residents and tourists. The project includes an accessibility trail to Dutch Lake beach, a two-car paved accessible parking pad and the Wyndhaven Safety Connector.
  • Kanaka Bar Indian Band is being awarded $79,500 to implement Phase 1 of the Highway 1 Redevelopment Strategy. This project builds on a report funded in a previous intake and will complete geotechnical and environmental assessments for service and infrastructure opportunities on Kanaka Bar lands on Highway 1 near Lytton.
  • The District of Logan Lake is being awarded $100,000 for Phase 2 of the Logan Lake Off-highway Vehicle Trail Enhancement project. The project will establish, upgrade and enhance a series of local off-highway vehicle trail routes for visitors and residents alike.
  • The Lower Nicola Indian Band is being awarded $57,000 for an economic development plan. The project will identify and assess infrastructure, land and potential economic investment opportunities on Band land.
  • The City of Merritt is being awarded $100,000 for six projects that will help the community grow and build economic capacity. Projects include: new welcome banners, trailhead markers, updating the Investment Ready Community Profile and hiring a grant writer to support the city, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
  • The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society is being awarded $64,621 to brush and clear non-motorized, horse riding trails along Skull Mountain and the Seven Sisters trail system. The project will also install an outhouse, fire rings and picnic tables at Fishtrap Creek Recreation Site.
  • Nooaitch Indian Band is being awarded $81,500 to create a community economic development plan. The completed project will include a best-use strategy for marketable uses of land, as well as an assessment of investment climate, infrastructure and clean energy feasibility.
  • The Nicomen Indian Band Natural Resources Management Division is being awarded $100,000 to develop an agricultural development plan. The project will assess agricultural opportunities on Band land and includes community consultation, soil analysis and hydrological assessments.
  • The Shackan Indian Band is being awarded $100,000 for Phase 1 of a project that will expand and relocate a greenhouse business at Shakan Indian Reserve 11. Expanding the native deciduous plant greenhouse will increase revenue and create jobs for Band members.
  • The Simpcw First Nation is being awarded $99,860 to develop preliminary site plans and curriculum, as well as project management costs, for a cultural education centre. The centre will provide training and education to help preserve Secwepemc language and culture.
  • The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is being awarded $100,000 to create a digital photo library of locations and subjects in the Thompson-Nicola region. The project includes an image library that will be used to attract film production companies, as well as for marketing, informational and educational purposes.
  • Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band is being awarded $100,000 to develop a feasibility and design study for a new multipurpose recreation and tourism facility that will complement the Band’s existing rodeo grounds and motocross track. The project includes site selection, archaeological review and geotechnical field investigations.


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Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
250 356-7506

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