RDEK announces funding for three major projects

The Regional District of East Kootenay will be providing funds for a trio of community programs.

The Regional District of East Kootenay is taking on three major projects, after being awarded funding through the Elk Valley Community Directed Funds (EVCDF) Program.

The committee will be funding an East Kootenay Brain Injury Association community-wide garage sale, similar to this past summer’s Fernie garage sale but on a much larger scale, the Fernie Nordic Society’s trail linkage project, where trails from Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) will link up with the City of Fernie trails, and finally the Elk Valley Economic Initiative to help advance the development of valley-wide economic development projects.

“Earlier this year the Elk Valley Community Directed Funds Program adopted its Community Priorities Plan, which identified ten priorities,” EVCDF Committee Chair Mary Giuliano said in a press release. “The goal of the program is to support projects that meet one or more of these priorities and demonstrate valley-wide benefits. We are proud to support these three initiatives and encouraged to see other groups coming forward seeking funding.”

The press release states that the funding will include $15,000 going toward the valley wide garage sale, $17,000 for the Fernie Nordic Society and an additional $30,000 each year over three years being given to the Elk Valley Economic Initiative.