Fund gives to local cities


Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood and the East Kootenay Regional District are receiving more than one million dollars from the Strategic Community Investment Fund to invest in local policing and community safety, services and projects, MLA Bill Bennett has announced.

It is part of almost $74 million being invested through the Fund into communities across B.C. this year. Local communities have discretion and flexibility to use this unconditional funding to meet their needs in various ways including more policing, new equipment, increased community safety initiatives, infrastructure, administration and service delivery priorities.

“The Strategic Community Investment Fund grants allow local governments to focus on the public safety projects that are most important to them,” said Bennett, MLA for Kootenay East. “I am glad to see communities in the East Kootenay region receiving these grants.”

Communities receiving funding:

Traffic Fine Funding:

$163,156 – Cranbrook

Small Community Grants:

$114,399 – Cranbrook

$258,821 – Elkford

$304,694 – Fernie

$289,322 – Sparwood

Regional District Grant:

$112,504 – East Kootenay

The Strategic Community Investment Fund includes the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Program, Small Community Grant and Regional District Grant Programs. Small Community Grants apply to communities with less than 20,000 and are used for infrastructure, to ensure stable administration and service delivery priorities.

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