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District going after $100k in grant funds to revitalize downtown

The funding falls under the Economic Diversification stream
District of Port Hardy municipal signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)

The District of Port Hardy is going after grant funding.

At council’s Oct. 10 meeting, a recommendation from the Mayor’s Task Force was included in the agenda, requesting that the district “apply to the second intake of the Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program (REDIP) under the Economic Capacity stream for $100,000 to fund planning for improvements as part of the Downtown Revitalization initiative.”

“Fantastic, I’ll make that motion,” said Coun. Treena Smith.

“Seconded,” said Coun. Janet Dorward.

Mayor Pat Corbett-Labatt asked if there were any questions or comments.

“Good report,” stated Coun. Dennis Dugas.

“We’ve met a number of times, have a good core group of people meeting on a regular basis, and we just wanted to focus on a smaller area of downtown,” said Corbett-Labatt about the task force’s ambition, before adding they have lots of different ideas that may also come up during council’s budget discussion.

Council voted unanimously in favour of applying for the $100,000 grant funding to make improvements in the downtown area.

The funding falls under the Economic Diversification stream (80 per cent of $100,000 for Development Projects or 80 per cent of $1,000,000 for Implementation Projects).

The funds are available to apply for until Oct. 30, with successful applications to be announced later on in the spring.

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