A number of Kootenay projects receiving Rural Dividend Grants

The province has announced over 103-thousand dollars for cultural, social and infrastructure projects in the Kootenays.

The Rural Dividend Grants, for up to $10,000 each, help rural communities develop projects to stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment.

Locally they include the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce getting money to draft and implement a business recovery strategy for local communities.

The Healthy Community Society of the North Slocan Valley is being awarded $10,000 to hire an affordable housing expert to help create an affordable housing plan for the North Slocan Valley.

The Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society is being awarded $10,000 to hire a trail coordinator.

The Nelson Nordic Ski Club is being awarded $10,000 to support a feasibility study and design of a new ski lodge for the Nelson Nordic Ski Club.

The Village of Silverton is being awarded $10,000 to create a business plan, governance model and partnership model for a co-work space in the Silverton General Store.

The Upper Columbia Co-operative Council is getting funding to explore the financial, market and operational viability of a regional co-operative/social venture incubation program in the Nelson area.

The funding is part of nearly $700,000 in project development grants being awarded to eligible local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations