The Government of B.C. is assisting Barriere and communities throughout the North and South Thompson with grants totaling over $1.77 million from the Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF), Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops North-Thompson and Todd Stone, MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson announced last week.
“These SCIF grants are investments directly to our communities helping local governments invest in programs, projects and community safety initiatives,” Lake said. “Especially for smaller communities, these grants mean a lot, and will help with the delivery of local services to improve our quality of life in Kamloops and the North Thompson.”
This funding is part of almost $74 million being invested in communities throughout B.C. this year in SCIF grants including Small Community Grants, Regional District Basic Grants and the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Program.
Communities receiving traffic fine revenues:
• Kamloops – $753,278
Communities receiving Small Community and Regional District Grants:
• Barriere $256,202
• Clearwater $264,768
• Chase $260,972
• Sun Peaks $149,579
• Thompson-Nicola Regional District $92,651
The District of Barriere has earmarked the $256,202 grant that they will be receiving to be used for road maintenance and road reserves.
Since 2009, the Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF) has provided $678 million in funding to support B.C. communities enabling them to invest money in projects that are identified as priorities at the local level. The SCIF program was implemented by the province to help provide local governments with greater financial stability in economically uncertain times.