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Rural Fair Share and Rural Gas Tax Grants

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits and
Agencies for Rural Infrastructure Development

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Local

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Peace River Regional District (PRRD)

Deadline Date:

01/31/20

Description:

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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit organizations and public agencies located in the Peace River Regional District for a broad range of community development projects in rural areas. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, fire truck purchase, capital projects related to community facilities, improved or expanded rural amenities, and senior housing.

Principles and Guidelines:
1. Decisions are to be information based using adequate, un-biased research analysis with recommended options.
2. Where appropriate, the Rural Budgets Administration Committee may require a decision impact analysis for intended and unintended consequences.
3. Any consideration to provide assistance for new or existing services must have a feasibility study to identify the category of service, the need, the financial viability and its integration into other services.

Project Categories:

Fire Equipment - Minor Capital Projects:
-The grants must be for new or replacement equipment for use on fire trucks, in a fire hall, or by firefighters;

Rural Firehall Construction or Renovation:
-Grants are available for the construction or renovation estimated provided by an engineer or quantity surveyor.

Fire Trucks:
-The truck must be new to the department for reasons supported by a fire underwriter’s survey, fire department master plan, or a fire department review or audit prepared by an independent consultant or authority.
-There may be no more than one truck grant every five years to any one fire department.
-This grant does not apply to a fire department within an established specific area shared with a municipality.

Fixed Capital Equipment:
-Available where a provision has been made in the annual budget and where a registered Not-for-Profit Society makes a request for the purchase of fixed capital equipment that will be of benefit to the community at large.

Fringe Area Funding:
-Funding is from a $1,750,000 Rural Fringe Allocation, a one-time infrastructure Service Grant provided by the Provincial Government in March of 2005, be defined as “the area around an incorporated community including any lands and development within close proximity of a municipal boundary.”
-The $1,750,000 (plus interest) one-time Fair Share Fringe Area funding will be allocated to any host municipality providing water and sewer servicing outside of its jurisdiction until such time as the fund is depleted. These funds are intended to support additional capacity to municipal infrastructure for rural lots serviced after January 1, 2007.

Electrical Extension Grant
-Funding assistance will be limited to hydro main line extension costs on public maintained roads to serve residential customers (excluding subdivisions).
-Costs related to the service line from the main line to the residence are the responsibility of the property owner.
-Regardless if a property owner is the registered owner of one or more properties, the property owner will be limited to receiving the electrical extension funding grant one time only.

Joint Ventures:
-Each Electoral Area Director may provide funding from Fair Share Funds for grants to municipal recreation and cultural facilities in recognition of rural use of these facilities.

Natural Gas Extension:
-Support for the installation of natural gas lines.
-The Regional District will make its grant contribution payable to the Natural Gas Distribution Company.
-Regardless if a property owner is the registered owner of one or more properties, the property owner will be limited to receiving the natural gas extension funding grant one-time only.

Parent Advisory Council (PAC):
-Applications under this policy may be considered for such things as playground equipment, improvements to community facilities, ball diamonds and tennis courts on school property.
-There must be an active Parent Advisory Council (PAC) which is legitimized by the School Act.
-It must be a rural community school where no hall exists, (i.e. the school is the community meeting facility).
-PAC’s are not eligible for funding through Recreational & Cultural Grants-in-Aid.
-Where application is made by a PAC for the upgrade of facilities inside of a school (i.e. a gymnasium), the School District must be in agreement that the school can be used as a community center.
-Confirmation that the School District would be responsible for maintenance must be provided.

Rural Loan Fund:
-The Rural Budgets Administration Committee may utilize the Infrastructure Service grant ($3.5 million) provided by the Province of BC in March 2005 as a rural loan fund as follows: a) to loan dollars to rural infrastructure projects owned by the Regional District where a service area is currently established; b) to loan dollars to member municipalities for infrastructure projects that will benefit rural residents where a service area is currently established; or c) to loan dollars to registered nonprofit societies for rural infrastructure projects.
-The applicant (including the Regional District, member municipality and nonprofit society) must provide a feasibility study that outlines the project and estimated costs;
-Nonprofit societies must also provide a business case including annual financial statements, a cash flow forecast, and a detailed explanation of how the loan will be repaid.
-All loans will be charged a rate of one percent (1%) above the interest earned rate at time of the loan (to offset the loss of interest revenue).
-Loans must be repaid by one of the following methods: a) through repaying the loan bank over time from the service function taxation or service fees; or b) by payment as set out in a formal loan agreement with the recipient nonprofit society.

Seniors Housing:
-Any proponent group requesting Fair Share grants must be a BC registered not-for-profit society.
-An economic viability study must be prepared by the proponent that would be consistent with the requirements of the Ministry Responsible for Housing and the Ministry Responsible for Seniors, which must show the proposed source of all capital costs and operational costs for a five year period.
-Seniors housing must be made available to any BC senior, regardless of race, religious affiliation or other discriminatory factors. A statement to this effect must be made in writing to the Regional District, signed by the authorized officers of the proponent registered society.
-Fair Share funds may not be used for the operation of the proponent society for the proposed facility.
-No other Regional District funding source, including Grant-in-Aid or tax levies, may be requested for the feasibility study or the construction of the proposed facility.
-Each Electoral Area may provide the maximum grant for the same specific proposal.

Sewer and Water Extension Services:
-Fair Share funds are available to assist Sewer and Water Expansion projects.

Telephone Services:
-An electoral area may receive support for the installation of the public portion of a telephone mainline.

Water Wells/Springs for Public Use:
-Public water sourcing projects to be funded from feasibility funds through the Administration - Fiscal and Other function.
-Public Rural Spring Development to be funded through the Community Parks Function. Capital needs may be considered from Fair Share as needed.
-Projects are to be cost shared with other agencies whenever possible.

Animals:
-Rural Budgets funding (including Fair Share, Grants-in-Aid, BC Rail, Rural Loans, Gas Tax, or other) is not available to assist with the purchase of animals.

Gas Tax Grant:
-Examples of the types of projects that may be considered for funding are: 1. developing or upgrading drinking water systems to improve quality, reduce water use, increase energy efficiency, and secure water supply in the face of a drought; 2. developing or upgrading waste water systems to improve service and increase energy efficiency; 3. community energy systems (wind, solar, thermal, etc.); 4. implement innovative technologies that support environment; and 5. retrofits to reduce energy and GHG emissions.
-The applicant (if not a function of the Regional District) must be a not-for-profit society in good standing and provide a financial statement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165102

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fire Equipment: Grants for fire equipment purchases are under $20,000.

Rural Firehall Construction or Renovation: The maximum grant may be 50% of the construction or renovation estimated provided by an engineer or quantity surveyor, to a maximum grant of $150,000

Fire Trucks: The maximum grant is 50% of the purchase price of the truck to a maximum grant of $150,000.

Fixed Capital Equipment: The maximum for approved community projects is $30,000 according to the following formula: The grant will cover 100% of approved costs for the first $15,000 or less; and 50% of approved costs for the next $30,000 or less.

Fringe Area Funding: Funding will be allocated to any host municipality providing water and sewer servicing outside of its jurisdiction at a rate of $2,500 per lot serviced.

Electrical Extension Grant: The property owner will pay the first $1,000 of main line service costs. The balance will be eligible for assistance at a rate of 50% to a maximum grant of $4,000. This means that where the main line costs per property are: up to $1,000 - no assistance will be given; from $1,001 to $8,999 - assistance will be at the rate of 50% on the balance over $1,000; and from $9,000 and up - the maximum of $4,000 will be given.

Natural Gas Extension: An Electoral Area may contribute up to 75% of the “Total Cost to Property”, with any other contributions (Provincial grants, etc.) to be deducted from it, for a maximum Regional District Electoral Area grant of $5,000. All remaining project costs are to be the responsibility of the property owner or community. In addition, the property owner shall be responsible for all costs associated with the installation of individual gas line service from the property line.

Parent Advisory Council (PAC): Contribution from community (in kind or labour, material) must cover a minimum of 25% of the cost. The Fair Share Grant would provide 75%, to a maximum of $10,000.

Seniors Housing: One grant, within a five year period, to a maximum of $250,000 may be provided from any one Electoral Area. A grant to a maximum of $5,000 may be provided toward the preparation on an economic viability study, in addition to the grant referred to above.

Telephone Service: An electoral area will contribute from Fair Share funds, up to 75% of the cost, to a maximum of $5,000 per parcel, for the installation of the public portion of a telephone mainline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

If not a function of the Regional District, the applicant must be a Not-for-Profit Society, in good standing with the BC Registrar of Societies.

Applicants will be required to adhere to building, plumbing, electrical, health, fire, zoning, gas and other codes and regulations that may exist, prior to the start of construction. A building permit may also be required.

Please review the eligibility criteria and guidelines of the program for which you intend to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Certain funding components require matching funds. Please review the funding guidelines of the component for which you intend to apply.

The application deadline is January 31st.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Drop off, mail, email or fax your claim to:

Peace River Regional District
PO Box 810
1981 Alaska Avenue
Dawson Creek, BC
V1G 1H6

P: (250)784-3200
F: (250)784-3229
prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca

Grant Coverage Areas:

Peace River Regional District

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