Local governments, internet service providers and community organizations can now apply for grant funding to connect high-speed internet to rural, remote and Indigenous communities.
As of Sunday, July 1, Northern Development Initiative Trust is accepting applications for the Connecting British Columbia program, so homes, businesses and other institutions can connect to high-speed internet. Funding is also available to help communities plan for the future by creating regional infrastructure strategies for high-speed connectivity.
Successful applications could see last-mile projects receive up to a 50 per cent contribution for eligible costs. Funding will also be available for improving connectivity to entire regions of British Columbia. Applications for transport fibre projects will be accepted beginning Sept. 1, 2018. A total of $16 million is available.
“Connecting British Columbia has helped our province accelerate the growth of our digital economy. By leveraging funds from the private sector and other levels of government, the program has been critical in helping deliver the infrastructure projects B.C. needs to compete, now and in the future,” said Joel McKay, Northern Development Initiative Trust CEO.
Submissions will be reviewed and assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must demonstrate that their projects will be completed by March 31, 2020.