Application Period Opens for BC Rural Dividend Program

Local governments, First Nations and non-profit organizations in rural BC can now apply for funding to strengthen community resilience and support social, cultural and economic viability.

The BC Rural Dividend Program will support projects under the following categories: community capacity building; workforce development; community and economic development; and, business sector development.

Funding is available at three scales: project development funding can provide up to $10,000 at 100% funding; project funding from a single applicant can provide up to $100,000 at 80% funding; and, project funding supported by partnerships can provide up to $500,000 at 60% funding.

The Program Guide provides complete eligibility and application information.  The following is a summary of the eligibility criteria that may be of most interest to local governments:

  • Projects must be in rural communities with a population of 25,000 or less, located outside Metro Vancouver and the Capital Regional District.
  • Program funding is not intended for infrastructure projects. Minor renovations or retrofits that are essential to support a proposed project may be considered.
  • Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other government sources, including other levels of government – municipal, regional, First Nation or federal.
  • Applicants are required to directly contribute funding to projects (20% of total project cost for Single Applicants; 40% for Partnerships) that cannot be sourced from another government program except for the Community Works Fund.  Please refer to the Community Works Fund website to ensure eligibility under the Gas Tax program.
  • There are restrictions on the amount of in-kind funding that can be used.

The first application intake runs from April 4, 2016 to May 31, 2016.  It is important to note that a Council or Board resolution is required with the application package and must be submitted before the deadline.

A second intake will run from October 3 to 31, 2016, and additional intakes are planned for 2017/18.

All application materials are available on the BC Rural Dividend Program website.  For additional information, contact FrontCounter BC at 1-877-855-3222 or

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