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Northwest projects receive provincial grant money

Terrace, BC, Canada / CFNR Network

Seven northwest BC projects will share in nearly $65,000 worth of provincial grant money.

Funding from the Rural Dividend grants was announced by Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson Tuesday.

The money will be used on everything from community centre upgrades to trail development.

  • The Atlin Historical Society is being awarded $8,600 to explore options and details for upgrades to the historic Atlin Courthouse, which houses the local library and a co-operative for local artists.

  • The Cycle 16 Trail Society is being awarded $10,000 to develop detailed engineering drawings for the first phase of the Smithers to Telkwa Multi-Use Trail.

  • The Dease River Development Corporation at Good Hope Lake is being awarded $10,000 to create a business plan for the first year of operations for the Dease River First Nation’s Woodland Forest Licence.

  • The District of Houston is being awarded $10,000 to develop a downtown beautification plan based on the district’s “natural amazing” brand.

  • The City of Terrace is being awarded $10,000 to complete a feasibility assessment of the Skeena River Walk, the third and final section of the Grand Trunk Pathway that links the downtown area to the Kitsumkalum River.

  • My Recreational Mountain Co-operative in Terrace is being awarded $5,892 to promote safe backcountry adventures at the Shames Mountain Ski Area by installing signs and a beacon check station at a spot where backcountry users leave the inbounds area.

  • The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (Area E and Area C) is being awarded $10,000 to develop a business case for upgrading the Thornhill Community Centre so it can accommodate more recreational and community programs.

The grants, with a maximum of  $10,000 each, are geared toward helping rural communities develop projects to stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment.