Northern Development launches new programs, website

The Northern Development Initiative Trust is launching six new grant programs for communities and businesses in northern B.C. under the banner of Trust 2020.

The six new programs replace the existing Community Halls and Recreation Facilities  program and Economic Diversification Infrastructure program, a statement issued by the group said. However, projects which were eligible under those programs will still be eligible under the new programs, along with projects like playgrounds, dog parks, libraries, public washrooms and main street beautification initiatives.

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"Trust 2020 is not only the introduction of new community development programs, updated technology and a refreshed brand, it is also represents our continued commitment to the people and communities of northern and central B.C.," Northern Development CEO Joel McKay said in a press release. "Northern Development is dedicated to the economic growth of our service region now, and well into the future.”

In addition to the new programs, the organization launched its redesigned website and an online grant application system.

The six new grant programs are the Community Places, Cultural Infrastructure, Economic Infrastructure, Main Street Revitalization Planning, Main Street Revitalization Capital and Recreation Infrastructure. 

"The board is very pleased with the introduction of all facets of Trust 2020, in particular the new community development programs," Northern Development board chair Margo Wagner said in a press release. "These programs truly represent the vision and ideas of the people and communities in our service region and I am excited to see what projects are on the horizon.”

Details about the six new programs and the application criteria can be found online at: www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca.

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