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Accepting Applications:  November 15 to December 15, 2017

Eligible Applicants:

An Eligible Applicant must be legal entity that is either a:

  1. Local Government
    • A municipal government or regional district established by or under B.C. legislation with a population of 25,000 people or less.
    • An unincorporated area with a population of 25,000 people or less whose application is submitted through a regional district or a not-for-profit organization.
  2. First Nations
    • A band council within the meaning of Section 2 of the federal Indian Act or any successor to a band council established under federal legislation, governing bodies of treaty First Nations, Nisga’a Lisims Government and a Nisga’a Village Government.
    • Projects submitted by First Nations applicants must take place within the geographic boundaries of an eligible community.
    • A corporation controlled by a First Nation incorporated under an Act of Canada, or a province or territory of Canada, and in good standing under the relevant Act.
  3. Not-for-profit Organization
    • An organization incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation or society formed under an Act of Canada or a province or territory of Canada and in good standing under the relevant Act.
    • Not-for-profit co-operatives incorporated as community service co-ops under the BC Co-operative Association Act are considered eligible as a not-for-profit organization.
    • Not-for-profit organizations must have a B.C. location and be active in the Province.
    • Not-for-profit organizations that have received significant foundational funding from the Province are not eligible applicants.

Accepting Applications: November 15 to December 15, 2017

Eligible funding request:

There are three funding streams for the Program, detailed below:

  1. Project Development - Maximum Funding of $10,000
  • Support for communities with limited capacity to undertake preliminary work (e.g. feasibility assessments and business cases) to develop strong future projects.
  • Eligible applicants can apply for up to 100% of total project cost.
  • An approved project development grant does not provide a guarantee of funding in subsequent applications submitted to government of B.C funding programs.
  1. Single Applicant - Maximum Funding of $100,000
  • Supports implementation of community-driven projects.
  • Eligible applicant must contribute at least 20% of the total project cost via financial or in-kind contributions (maximum 10% in-kind contribution).
  • Eligible applicant can apply for up to 80% of the total project cost to maximum of $100,000.
  1. Partnerships - Maximum Funding of $500,000
  • Supports implementation of community-driven projects.
  • Eligible applicant must have at least one eligible partner.
  • Eligible applicant and eligible partners must contribute at least 40% of total project cost via financial or in-kind contributions (maximum 10% in-kind contribution).
  • Eligible applicant can apply for up to 60% of the total project cost to a maximum of $500,000.

*In-kind contributions include goods and services donated to a project by the applicant and/or partners (e.g. staff time, use of space or equipment). These types of contributions should be at fair market value. 

Eligible projects:

  1. Community Capacity Building
    • Projects that build the resources, capabilities and capacities of communities to deal with their key economic challenges and changes.
    • Projects that provide or improve community services to support economic diversity, expand market accessibility and enhance quality of life to attract investment.
  1. Workforce Development
    • Projects that offer training and skills development opportunities, especially for youth, so they stay in the community or return if they have left.
    • Projects that help ensure resilience in the local workforce by attracting, retaining and training workers.
  1. Community and Economic Development
    • Projects that help rural communities plan to build a foundation for economic growth or improve community vibrancy.
    • Projects that implement strategies to support economic growth.
  1. Business Sector Development
    • Projects that increase new business creation, business growth and adaptability in the community.
    • Projects that allow communities to retain existing businesses and encourage their expansion.

Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/economic-development/support-organizations-community-partners/rural-economic-development/rural-dividend

Contact info: Program Office: 250-356-7950       Email: ruraldividend@gov.bc.ca

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