Rural dividend funding to assist Ashcroft Indian Band with wildfire recovery efforts

By Greg Fry
March 12, 2018 - 10:23am Updated: March 12, 2018 - 12:17pm

ASHCROFT — The Ashcroft Indian Band will soon embark on two new projects thanks to $490,000 in funding through the BC Rural Dividend Program.

The Ashcroft Indian Band Business and Community Recovery Centre has been awarded $100,000 to build a community training/healing centre. It will be used for meetings to discuss economic partnerships, training opportunities and community recovery programs as part of wildfire recovery efforts.

The band will receive a further $390,000 to buy an industrial pivot sprinkler system that can be used for both fire suppression and to support the development of a business partnership for growing hay.

"The Ashcroft Band community is beyond thrilled to receive funding for our projects," said Chief Greg Blaine. "We have had such a traumatic and trying year and these projects will symbolize our resilience and determinination to rebuild better than ever."

The BC Rural Dividend Program commits $25 million annually to rural communities.

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