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Economic Diversification Infrastructure

Grants to Northern and Central British Columbia Nonprofits,
Municipalities, and First Nations for Capital Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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Northern Development Initiative Trust

Deadline Date:

02/09/18 Midnight Receipt


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Grants and loans to Northern and Central British Columbia nonprofit organizations, local governments, and First Nations bands for major infrastructure projects that will strengthen local economies. This grants program supports capital investments and public multi-use facilities that drive revenue and job creation and provide a long-term asset for communities throughout central and northern British Columbia.

Such projects may include, but are not limited to:
-Development or improvements to major recreation facilities with a minimum project budget of $2,000,000 that operate year round and include some of the following revenue generating assets and activities: conference and event hosting, kiosks, training facilities, additional businesses or office space
-Substantial municipal and regional airport improvements that generate incremental revenues
-Substantial municipal and regional marina improvements that generate incremental revenues
-Development or improvements to tourism centers and major revenue generating tourist attractions
-Development of significant telecommunications infrastructure that improves information access for residents and visitors in central and northern British Columbia. This includes the opportunity to develop community partnerships to initiate a project for "last mile" connectivity to homes and businesses
-Commercial renovations to existing buildings owned by local governments or First Nations at the time of application. Refer to the section ‘Commercial Renovations to Local Government or First Nations Owned Buildings – Conditions’ at the end for details

Application Assessment:

Northern Development staff undertake comprehensive due diligence of each funding application received, which may include contacting relevant agencies and organizations as part of the review process.

All projects are assessed and scored on the key deliverables, leveraging, and strategic factors identified in the funding application package. The assessment tool used by Northern Development is available on the website and applicants can request a copy of the finalized assessment for funding applications that are under review.

Strategic factors:
-Is this the first time the applicant has accessed Northern Development funding for this facility?
-Has the applicant provided quote(s) supporting the entire project budget?
-Has the applicant provided evidence of broad based support from multiple stakeholders?
-Has the applicant provided relevant market research/business case for the project?
-Has the applicant provided a copy of the organization’s asset management plan/strategy?
-Is there direct participation with neighbouring First Nations or Local Governments in the project?
-Will the project take place in an unincorporated community or municipality with a population under 1,000?
-Will the project utilize vendor(s) from within the Northern Development region?
-Will the project be "shovel ready" upon approval of Northern Development funding?
-Will the project improve accessibility for people who experience disabilities?
-Will the project contribute to environmental sustainability?
-Will the project involve the adoption of technology that improves operational efficiency?
-Will the project result in a new or enhanced service level within the community?
-Will the project contribute to resident/workforce attraction or retention in the community?

Eligible Costs
-Capital expenditures
-Direct third party project labour costs
-Incremental third-party project management
-Contractor fees
-Rental of tools and equipment for construction work
-Monetized donations (donated materials, equipment, or services from third parties) may be considered

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172520

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Terms:

Up to $250,000 in grant funding to a maximum of 70% of the eligible project budget.

-Additional funding may be available in the form of a loan.
-Prior to applying for additional funding for the same facility, precious projects must be completed and funding disbursed by Northern Development. In the Northwest and Cariboo-Chilcotin/Lillooet regions, applications seeking additional funding for a previously funded facility are limited to a maximum $125,000 grant.

Village of Cache Creek and the North Coast Regional District:

Up to $125,000 in grant funding to a maximum of 70% of the eligible project budget (additional funding may be available in the form of a loan).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Local governments
-Registered First Nations bands
-Registered nonprofit organizations

Ineligible Costs:
-GST and PST
-Costs incurred (work started and/or deposits paid) prior to signing an agreement with Northern Development
-Operational costs and staff wages
-Purchases of construction equipment or tools
-In-kind (volunteer) labour. Volunteer labour is encouraged, but cannot be considered as a cash equivalent contribution under this program
-Sewer, water, or road infrastructure projects
-Equity stakes

Pre-Application Information:

In an effort to assist you in determining if your application is qualified for funding, Northern Development have provided a self-assessment tool. The self-assessment tool has been created using Microsoft Excel. Please contact Northern Development staff to discuss your project in further detail.

Applications must be received prior to midnight on the quarterly submission deadline day to be eligible for consideration in that funding cycle. In fairness to all grant applicants, grant applications that are received after the quarterly deadline will moved to the next funding cycle.

The Winter 2018 Quarterly Intake Deadline is February 9, 2018.

Important Dates:

Contact Information:

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

Northern Development Initiative Trust
301-1268 Fifth Avenue
Prince George, BC
V2L 3L2


Grant Coverage Areas:

Central and Northern British Columbia

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia