The Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society (NKDF) has recently reached a milestone after approving its $10 millionth grant.
This investment represents a total of 325 projects over the 17 years since its inception.
“The broad range of applications underscores the important role NKDF plays throughout the region and we look to providing continued support into the future,” said Wayne Salewski, NKDF Chair.
Most recently, NKDF has distributed $40,000 to the Southside Seniors Housing Society. This funding is for design fees and pre-development of a planned six-unit independent housing complex at Hospital Point on the Southside.
The Colleymount Recreation Commission has also recently received $10,590 for Trout Creek Hall upgrades. These upgrades are expected to increase the number and variety of events that can be hosted at the hall.
The Burns Lake Fire Training Society was awarded $33,560 to construct phase one of a three-unit burn building at the local fire training facility, which is currently being developed.
The first NKDF project ever funded was on Nov. 25, 1999. The Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce was awarded $1019 for a proposal writing workshop that in return assisted many community groups in their applications to NKDF and other funding opportunities. NKDF says this initiative is where their funding mission started, contributing to the $10 million milestone.
“Over the years, NKDF has supported community-led projects that create jobs, stimulate and diversify local economies,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology.
The Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society will host a celebration event early in 2018 to recognize the milestone.