Funds announced for B.C. Indigenous entrepreneurs pursuing food, agriculture
A new stream of support has been added to the B.C. Indigenous Agriculture Development program to help entrepreneurs who are interested in developing farming-and-food-related businesses.
Announced Tuesday (June 30) by the provincial and federal government, the new stream will provide Indigenous entrepreneurs with up to $8,000 in specialized planning and coaching services to develop and plan.
Chief of the Williams Lake First Nation Willie Sellars said in a news release they fully support the province’s agricultural sector, food security and First Nations’ entrepreneurial spirit, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“This new program is both beneficial and supportive for my community members and to all Indigenous agricultural entrepreneurs in B.C.”
Agricultural Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the federal government recognizes the importance of Indigenous entrepreneurs who are growing businesses of this kind in their communities.
“By providing tools and knowledge needed to succeed in the sector, we are investing in a more-resilient food system that will keep high-quality, local food on tables in communities throughout B.C.”
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Launched in 2018, the B.C. Indigenous Agriculture Development program is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
Applications for funding are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Up to $19,000 in support to Indigenous governments, communities and organizations for feasibility assessments of food and agriculture development options is also available through the program.
We've temporarily adapted our Business Facade Improvement program, a grant program we've offered since 2013, to support businesses as they adapt their space to ensure safe operations during the #COVID19 pandemic.
The Business Façade Improvement program provides annual grant funding for local governments in Northern Development’s service region. Annual funding of up to $20,000 is available to each local government to enhance economic development by encouraging private sector investment in businesses façade improvements and initiatives. Local governments applying to the program are required to develop and submit their business façade improvement plan/guidelines, which will give direction to local business owners on the eligibility criteria to obtain the business façade improvement grant.