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Economic Development Capacity Building

Rebates to Central and Northern British Columbia Local
Governments to Promote Economic Development Capacity

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Northern Development Initiative Trust

Deadline Date:

01/31/18 - Applications may be submitted starting November 1st of each year and no later than January 31st of the year applied for.


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Rebates of up to $50,000 to Central and Northern British Columbia municipalities and regional districts to enhance economic development capacity and diversification within the funding source’s service area. A portion of the funding must be used for joint development projects carried out with another local government, tourism or industry association, or First Nation Band.

Features and benefits of the program include:

-Stable annual economic development funding in an efficient and accountable manner.
-Increased capacity for local governments to support growth and diversification of local economies.
-Increased collaboration between communities on economic development initiatives.

Eligible Costs:

-Staff salaries or consulting fees to support economic development officer position(s)
-Operational costs directly supporting an economic development office
-Costs associated with hosting Northern Development economic development interns during community work placements (does not include local government management or planning interns)
-Development/update of a formal economic development plan (a copy of the completed plan must be provided to Northern Development)
-Implementation of activities in an economic development plan (as long as they do not conflict with ineligible costs)
-Collaboration with another local government, First Nations band, nonprofit organization, or tourism or industry association (as long as they do not conflict with ineligible costs)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181867

Estimated Size of Grant:

This program provides up to a $50,000 rebate annually.

At least $5,000 of the annual funding must be used to fund collaborative economic development projects with another local government, First Nations band, tourism or industry association.

Up to $45,000 may support a dedicated economic development officer position(s).

Up to $22,500 may support a combined position where the economic development portion is at least 50% of the workload e.g., economic development/deputy corporate officer, economic development/planning officer, economic development/grant writing.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations:
-Regional districts

Eligible local governments must be located within Northern Development’s service region.

Ineligible costs:
-Salary costs for combined chief administrative officer/economic development and chief financial officer/economic development positions
-Salary costs for local government staff that are not dedicated to economic development or where economic development is less than 50% of the total workload for a combined position
-Grant writer wages or contract fees
-Costs being claimed under any other Northern Development funded project
-Costs associated with projects that would be eligible and qualify for funding under other Northern Development programs
-Hospitality costs including meals or alcohol, lodging, clothing and uniforms and all giveaways
-Purchases of equipment or tools
-In-kind labor or monetized donations
-GST and PST
-Costs incurred for electoral areas outside of Northern Development’s region
-Costs incurred in time periods outside the year approved for funding support
-Local government operational costs

Ineligible local government operational costs include:
-Visitor center, info center, chamber of commerce, and community forest costs
-Grants in aid or sponsorships
-Repairs, maintenance, and beautification
-Postage, phone, office space rental, and photocopying
-Regular website maintenance and website hosting (other than Love Northern BC website hosting which can be claimed as a collaborative cost)
-Memberships (other than BC Economic Development Association)
-Remuneration and travel of elected officials and non-economic development staff
-Office equipment or office furniture
-Costs related to recruiting, hiring, relocating, or terminating economic development staff

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are asked to contact Northern Development staff to discuss the project in further detail.

Funding applications are accepted for this program annually. Local governments should apply for the following year’s funding starting November 1st of each year and no later than January 31st of the year applied for. For example, a local government would apply between November 1, 2014 and January 31st, 2015 for 2015 funding.

Northern Development staff will review the application to ensure completeness and eligibility. Northern Development staff will contact the applicant within 30 days of receiving the application. For example, an application received on November 14, 2014 will be reviewed by staff and the applicant will be contacted by December 14, 2014.

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 V2L3L2

(250) 561-2525

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia