NKDF grants almost $30,000 for projects in Burns Lake, Fraser Lake

The Lakes District Fair Association is due to receive $17,327 in grant funding from the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society for a new well and pump house at the Exhibition Grounds in Burns Lake. (Lakes District News file photo)

The Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society (NKDF) has approved almost $30,000 in funding for projects in Burns Lake and Fraser Lake, the group said in a Dec. 19 press release.

The Lakes District Fair Association was granted $17,327 towards drilling a new well and building a pump house at the Exhibition Grounds in Burns Lake.

The Village of Fraser Lake was will receive $11,000 for the Fraser Lake Community Transportation Vehicle Garage Project. This will help with the building of a heated garage to house the community bus. That service operates two routes per week that brings residents from neighbouring communities to Fraser Lake for medical appointments, shopping, and other purposes. The total NKDF contribution to this project will be $39,997.

“The NKDF grants support local projects that help create jobs and a better quality of life for people in the North-Central Interior,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “Supporting these projects shows that putting people first can contribute to a vibrant and diverse economy where the community benefits in several ways.”

“The Board of Directors is pleased to again have such a diverse set of applications,” said Wayne Salewski, Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society Chair. “These projects, benefiting agriculture to airports, will make a difference to both the quality of life and the economics of the region.”

These new grants bring the total NKDF Society allotments for the 2018-2019 funding cycle to $398,264. NKDF grants $500,000 each funding cycle. The next application deadline is Feb. 6, 2019. For more information please visit http://www.nkdf.org/

The Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society was jointly established in 1997 with a combined contribution of $15 million by the British Columbia government and the former Alcan Inc., now Rio Tinto. The Fund’s investment area includes lands impacted by the original Kemano project and focuses on the communities in the Ootsa, Lakes, Nechako and Haisla regions.

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