Clearwater is receiving $190,522 and Barriere is getting $184,358 in the latest round of Small Community grants from the provincial government. Altogether, local projects in the North and South Thompson areas will benefit from nearly $1.3 million dollars in funding from the B.C. government’s Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF).
“Many of these small communities rely on this funding for their day-to-day operations,” says Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake. “This funding helps ensure those important services continue to be available to local residents.”
The Strategic Community Investment Fund restructures the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program and Small Community and Regional District Grants. Since 2009, the Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF) has provided more than $600 million in funding to support B.C. communities and enable them to invest money in projects that are identified at the local level as a priority. The SCIF program was implemented by the province at that time to help provide local governments with greater financial stability in economically uncertain times.
The Small Community Grant and Regional District Basic Grant are grants to local governments, to assist them in providing basic services.
Communities receiving Small Community and Regional District Grants are: Clearwater – $190,522, Barriere – $184,358, Chase – $187,790, Sun Peaks – $107,634, and Thompson Nicola Regional District – $66,254.
The Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program directly assists eligible municipalities that pay police enforcement costs. The grants come from ticket fines and court-imposed fines on violation tickets, and the amount of money a municipality receives is based on its contribution to total municipal policing costs.
The only community in the region receiving traffic fine revenues is Kamloops at $554,885.
To learn more, go to the Strategic Community Investment Fund website: http://bit.ly/12Takf6