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RDNO grants aim to pump up economic development in region

RDNO adds economic fuel

A new service service backed by the Regional District of North Okanagan is pumping up economic development in the region.

The newly established Rural Economic Development Service is intended to create a more resilient and diverse region by distributing grants to organizations that support economic development, with approximately 30% slated for projects led by the RDNO.

The first recipients of grants are the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club, to assist with the 2020 National Cross Country Skiing Championships, and the Okanagan Film Commission.

“At the heart of a thriving community is a stable economic base that provides opportunities and allows residents to enjoy the beautiful part of the world we live in,” said Amanda Shatzko, RDNO vice-chair. 

All economic sectors will be considered for grants; however, additional points will be awarded to applications that carry out work in the fields of agriculture, the creative industry, tourism, technology, manufacturing, and forestry.

Other projects consistent with the Regional Agricultural Plan or Regional Employment Lands Action Plan will also be awarded additional points.

The application period is now open, and organizations are encouraged to review eligibility requirements and submit a grant application by March 31 at www.rdno.ca.



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