The Government of B.C. is assisting several communities and regional districts in the Peace Region with grants totaling over $2.27 million from the Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF), Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier, and Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm announced today.

“For growing communities throughout the Peace region, these SCIF grants will be put to good use by Northeast B.C. governments to invest in programs, services and community safety initiatives,” Pimm said. “Especially in smaller communities, these grants can make a big difference.”

This funding is part of almost $74 million being invested in communities throughout B.C. this year in SCIF grants including Small Community Grants, Regional District Basic Grants and the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Program.

“These SCIF grants show our government’s commitment to build stronger, vibrant and safer communities throughout our province,” Bernier said. “Local governments can use this funding to invest directly into programs and priorities important to them, helping improve our quality of life.”

Since 2009, the Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF) has provided $678 million in funding to support B.C. communities enabling them to invest money in projects that are identified as priorities at the local level.  The SCIF program was implemented by the province to help provide local governments with greater financial stability in economically uncertain times.

To learn more about the Strategic Community Investment fund, please visit: cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/policy_research/local_government_grants.htm