Building a Stronger North   •   July 2016
Northern Development Initiative Trust - Building a Stronger North

A Sustainable resource for the North

It used to be that youth in the North had to leave the North to pursue post-secondary education and launch rewarding careers. This is no longer the case. Recent university graduates are now re-examining where they want to be, where they want to go and how they want to get there.

There is a need for passionate, educated, hard-working youth in Northern B.C.'s local government sector. The current workforce is ageing out and the reserves of community volunteers are burning out. This creates unique opportunities for both graduates and communities alike.

Northern Development's internship programs were created to help the region's top-performing youth find ways to stay in the region they call home (71% of our interns grew up in Northern B.C.). They are ready for this new definition of success. They want to serve their region in a real, on-the-ground way. Northern Development internships allow recent graduates to gain the experience they need to land rewarding careers in communities where they can make a difference.

Internship program receives award

Northern Development CEO accepts a Distinguished Partnership Award for collaborative work with UNBC on the Trust's internship program.
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Invaluable to
their communities

The impact of the Internship program extends far beyond the work done in an municipal office. Read about the impact of two of our recent interns, Emily Kaehn and Tyla Pennell.
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Interns by
the numbers

The Internship Program was developed as a way to keep the best and brightest university graduates in the region. It's hard to dispute the program success when you look at the numbers.
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Interns take
summit by storm

The annual economic development summit provided an opportunity for interns to meet colleagues and to learn about current challenges and trends in the field.
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Meet the 2016-2017 Interns

This group of eight UNBC graduates are Northern Development's newest batch of interns in economic development, local government and communications. The group has a valuable network right at their fingertips and will be working throughout the region to help build a stronger north.
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Many initial applications received by funding organizations are not well positioned for success. We know that every funding agency is different, and understanding their application requirements can be challenging. By applying early, it provides the opportunity for our staff to work directly with you to ensure your application has the best chance of approval. 

As a result of this hands-on approach, proponents with eligible qualified projects achieve funding success 99% of the time with Northern Development. 

Fall 2016 Funding Program Intake

Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall funding application intake. All application materials must be received by 4:30pm August 12th to be considered for the Fall intake. The Fall intake reviews applications to the following funding programs:
Capital Investment Analysis
Community Foundation Matching Grants
Community Halls & Recreation Facilities
Economic Diversification Infrastructure
Marketing Initiatives

Winter 2017 Funding Program Intake

Applications are currently being accepted for the Winter funding application intake. All application materials must be received by 4:30pm November 18th to be considered for the Winter intake. The Winter intake reviews applications to the following funding programs:
Business Facade Improvement
Capital Investment Analysis
Community Foundation Matching Grants
Community Halls & Recreation Facilities
Economic Development Capacity Building
Economic Diversification Infrastructure
Grant Writing Support
Marketing Initiatives

Continuous Intake Funding Programs

Applications are currently being accepted for the following programs. They are reviewed on a continuous basis.
Community Revitalization
Competitiveness Consulting Rebate
Connecting BC
Fabulous Festivals & Events
Forest Innovation Fund
Governance Essentials Scholarship
The projects helping to build our communities and a stronger regional economy are led by people right here in the north. Browse their stories. Their accomplishments truly help to build a stronger north.
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Northern Development is proud to be supporting unique festivals and events throughout our region with the Fabulous Festivals and Events funding program.

The program provides non-profit organizations $2,500 to help build the sustainability and expansion of local events to attract tourism and build communities. Save the date and check out these events coming soon in Northern B.C.
Smithers  -  Midsummer Music Festival
July 1 - 3
Fraser Lake - White Swan Music Festival
July 1
Prince George - BMO KidzArt Dayz
July 8 - 9
Atlin - Atlin Arts and Music Festival
July 8 - 10
Dawson Creek - Mile Zero Cruisers Summer Cruise
July 8 - 10
Valemount - Canoe Mountain Rodeo
July 9
Prince George - Northern Hardware Prince George Canoe Race
July 10
Quesnel - Billy Barker Days
July 14 - 17
Lillooet - Lillooet Apricot Tsaqwem Festival
July 15 - 17
Valemount - Canoe Mountain Rodeo
July 15 - 16
Prince George - Summerfest 2016
July 17
Francois Lake - Grassy Plains Summer Festival  
July 18 - 19
Hazelton - Kispiox Valley Music Festival  
July 22 - 24
Prince George - Hot Day at Otway
July 22 - 24
Bella Coola - Discovery Coast Music Festival 
July 23 - 24
Wells - ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art 
July 29 - August 1 
Haida Gwaii - Tlell Fall Fair
July 31
Tumbler Ridge - Grizfest Music Festival
July 29 - 31
Terrace - Terrace Riverboat Days  
July 29 - August 7
Sunset Prairie - Kiskatinaw Fall Fair
August 5 - 7
Haida Gwaii -  Edge of the World Music Festival  
August 5 - 7
Tumbler Ridge - Emperor's Challenge  
August 6
Prince George - Hot Day at Otway  
August 6 - 7
Spences Bridge - Desert Daze Festival
August 12 - 13
McLeese Lake - Annual Metis Jamboree 
August 12
Wells - Moonrise Film Festival  
August 19 - 21
Barkerville - Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
August 20
Skidegate - Annual Kay Anniversary
August 20
Smithers - Bulkley Valley Exhibition 
August 25 - 28
Lillooet, Clinton, Logan Lake, Loon Lake - Gold Country Geocache Event
September 2 - 5
Lytton - Lytton River Festival  
September 2 - 3
Chetwynd - Chetwynd Harvest Festival
September 10
Lillooet - Lillooet Harvest Festival
September 10
McBride - Fraser Heritage Festival
September 30 - Oct 2
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Northern Development is an independent regional economic development corporation focused on stimulating economic growth and job creation in central and northern British Columbia. To date, the Trust has committed more than $150 million in funding to more than 2,200 projects in communities throughout central and northern British Columbia. We have helped create more than 6,200 jobs in the region and forged over 3,500 partnerships with over 1,000 organizations that have attracted more than $1.2 billion in new investment to the region. Approximately 72% of our investments are in small communities with populations of less than 5,000.  |  250-561-2525
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