The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development announced Tuesday a total of $139,900 to 14 community organizations and First Nations in the Cariboo.
“Congratulations to everyone involved,” said Minister Doug Donaldson.
“The selected projects reflect the strength of rural communities – people working together for the good of the community.”
The grants of up to $10,000 each through the BC Rural Dividend help rural communities develop projects to stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment.
Successful applicants include:
- $9,992 to the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association in Williams Lake to help tourism operators and businesses improve digital marketing to world markets through a feasibility study and database for digital readiness, and a foundation for future applications if gaps are identified.
- $10,000 to the Cariboo Mining Association in Quesnel to produce a Placer Mining Best Management Practices Guide to cover the basics of prospecting – with one document for hand operations and one for mechanical operations.
- $10,000 to the Carrier Chilcotin Tribal Council to create a framework for two of the main components of a project to enhance the 350-kilometer Nuxalk-Dakelh Grease Trail – restoration/maintenance logistics and promotion/marketing.
- $10,000 to the City of Quesnel to prepare an economic transition strategy for the city with measurable objectives, timelines and action steps.
- $10,000 to the District of Wells to complete a business recruitment, retention, and expansion strategy to identify ways to support existing businesses and attract new ones.
- $10,000 to the Esk’etemc First Nation in Alkali Lake to update its economic development strategy, creating a foundation for the next five years by engaging with the community and working with a consultant to identify and support new opportunities.
- $9,950 to the Island Mountain Arts Society in Wells to purchase donor management systems and find other ways to increase the sources and types of funding to offset annual operations.
- $9,958 to the McLeese Lake Volunteer Fire Department Society to train and upgrade the skills of its volunteer members so they can be on the BC Wildfire Service standby list for wildfire season, and can train to become first responders.
- $10,000 to the North Cariboo Agricultural Marketing Association in Quesnel to help the newly formed North Cariboo Agricultural Development Advisory Committee establish a Quesnel Agriculture Centre that will encourage retention, expansion and development of agri-businesses and farms in the region by providing a knowledge hub for best practices.
- $10,000 to the Pet Safe Coalition Society of Canada in Quesnel to develop a post-wildfire strategic plan so it can identify ways to more effectively prepare for future disasters.
- $10,000 to the Quesnel and District Heritage Association for a 10-year strategic plan to develop the Quesnel Antique Machinery Park into an attractive historical tourism destination for the North Cariboo.
- $10,000 to the Quesnel Crafters Society to create a marketing plan to expand their market for high-quality art and artisan products, and increase opportunities for their Cariboo Keepsakes retail store.
- $10,000 to the Quesnel Rodeo Club for a marketing strategy that identifies opportunities, potential partners and strategies to reach future participants and potential audiences.
- $10,000 to the Sunset Theatre Society in Wells to assess the requirements for a touring and outreach program to bring plays developed by First Nations artists through its exploration series to the Cariboo Region and beyond.