by Kelly Whiteside
The Northern Community Economic Development program is offering grants for economic development initiatives in Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and surrounding areas. Projects must clearly demonstrate economic benefits to one or more of the communities participating in the program in order to be eligible.
The Regional District of Nanaimo’s (RDN) Board has a vision for a strong, thriving, and creative local economy, and hopes that funding local projects that meet their criteria will help make their vision come true.
Ideally, projects that receive grants will foster diversification, cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit, support innovation in science and technology, facilitate cooperation, and create regional benefits. The Board encourages projects in the following areas: employment and skills training, programs to assist small businesses, arts and culture, agriculture and aquaculture, forestry and fisheries, renewable energy and the green economy, the high tech sector, and tourism and recreation.
There’s a total of $50k in grant funds available, and there is no maximum amount per project. However, the program intends to fund the broadest range of projects possible to provide the greatest net economic benefit to the region.
The submission deadline for the fall 2015 round is Monday, October 5 at noon. More information about the grants, criteria, and application process can be found on the RDN website.