BC Rural Dividend grants over $10 million for rural projects

The B.C. government is distributing $10.1 million in new grants to help rural communities stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced Oct 13.

Funding is being awarded to 90 local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations around the province for single (up to $100,000) and partnership (up to $500,000) projects.

Under the special circumstances provision of the program, the B.C. government is providing $758,000 to five projects in wildfire-impacted areas. Under the regular program stream, about $1.7 million is going to communities affected by the 2017 wildfires.

Successful project grants range from supporting rural and Indigenous young entrepreneurs in Northern British Columbia, to a South Kootenay historic trail project that will complete the first two phases of a trail system designed to showcase the area, and a Cariboo-based First Nation who are working to expand domestic sales and international exports of an energy drink.

Projects were assessed and approved based on the following criteria:

  • Rural communities most in need.
  • Improved community resiliency and economic strength.
  • Partnership building and enhanced shared prosperity.
  • Project feasibility and sustainability.
  • Economic impact on rural communities.
  • Attracting and retaining youth.
  • Innovation in economic development.

As well, over $528,000 in 53 project development (up to $10,000) grants is being distributed to help rural communities complete preliminary project components necessary to pursue larger community projects in the future.

Rural development activities support government’s commitment to building a strong, sustainable, and innovative economy that creates well-paying jobs for all British Columbians.


Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson –

“These new grants will provide much-needed support to rural communities, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations. Going forward, we want to make sure that rural citizens have a voice and will play an integral role in any rural development .”

Learn More:

Rural Dividend: www.gov.bc.ca/ruraldividend