Funding for Rural Recovery Advisors
SIDIT is pleased to announce the Southern Interior Rural Business and Community Recovery (RBCR) program. With financial support from the Province of BC, SIDIT will be providing up to $1.5 million in grant funding to support rural communities and their business support organizations as they take on the challenging task of assisting with COVID-19 economic recovery.
With this new funding, rural communities in the Southern Interior of BC with populations under 25,000, and non-profit business support organizations serving those communities, can access funding to create up to 20 new Community and/or Business Recovery Advisor positions. These new positions will enhance local capacity to create and implement community economic recovery plans, support local businesses and create new opportunities for growth.
Tasks that Community Recovery Advisors may undertake in rural communities include:
Tasks that Business Recovery Advisors may undertake in rural communities include:
Eligibility and How to Apply
Eligible applicants for RBCR funding include local, municipal, regional and First Nation governments, economic development organizations and non-profit business support organizations serving the Southern Interior region. Funding is available for up to 20 full time and/or part time advisors in the region. Eligible applicants will receive up to 100% of eligible costs to a maximum of $75,000 per position.
Communities with less than 25,000 in population in the following Regional Districts or the business support organizations serving these communities are eligible to apply:
Eligible applicants for funding (“host organizations”) include:
Applications to the RBCR program will be accepted starting Monday February 22, 2021. The deadline for the first intake of applications is 4:00 pm PST, Friday March 19, 2021, with funding announcements expected by March 31. A second application intake may be offered in Spring 2021.
Click here for the RBCR Application Guide
Application Form: Please send your contact information to Mary Beadman, Program Administrator, email@example.com and let us know what you have in mind and she will refer you to the appropriate SIDIT Business & Economic Development Consultant to help you determine eligibility. They will forward to you the application form. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call (236) 420-3680 ext. 0.