FPInnovations (Skeena Sawmills) received a grant of $210,000 from the provincial government Oct. 13.

FPInnovations (Skeena Sawmills) received a grant of $210,000 from the provincial government Oct. 13.

Three local places receive provincial grant money for projects

BC Rural Dividend fund hands out money in its latest round

Three local places are receiving grant money from the BC Rural Dividend fund of the provincial government.

FPInnovations (Skeena Sawmills, Terrace) will receive $210,000, the R.E.M. Lee Theatre Alive Society will receive $100,000 and the City of Terrace receives $40,000.

The money is to help rural communities stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment said Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson Oct. 13.

“We are so excited,” said Nancy Stone Archer, secretary of REM Lee Theatre Alive Society.

“This excellent grant to us will allow us to begin the process of getting architects and consultants to act in the best interest of the theatre and the community.”

The money is going to much-needed theatre upgrades to the seats, disability access, lighting and sound board that really need attention, added Stone Archer.

“We were fortunate enough to have four projects approved for Terrace, not just the city, in this round!” said Brian Doddridge, officer communications and business development for the City of Terrace.

Funding is being awarded to 90 local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations around the province for single (up to $100,000) and partnership (up to $500,000) projects.

Projects were assessed and approved based on the following criteria:

* Rural communities most in need.

* Improved community resiliency and economic strength.

* Partnership building and enhanced shared prosperity.

* Project feasibility and sustainability.

* Economic impact on rural communities.

* Attracting and retaining youth.

* Innovation in economic development.