Economic Development Capacity Building

Program overview

Economic Development Capacity Building funding is provided annually to boost economic development capacity in local governments throughout central and northern British Columbia.

This program provides up to a $50,000 rebate annually to local governments in Northern Development’s service region. At least $5,000 of the annual funding must be used to fund collaborative economic development projects with another local government, First Nations band, tourism or industry association.

Features and benefits of the program include:

  • Stable annual economic development funding in an efficient and accountable manner.
  • Increased capacity for local governments to support growth and diversification of local economies.
  • Increased collaboration between communities on economic development initiatives.


To provide additional capacity to local governments to support economic growth and diversification in central and northern British Columbia

Apply for funding

Prior to submitting an application for funding, please review the application guide and following documents in detail.  Please note that only complete application forms will be accepted.

Complete application forms with all required attachments should be provided electronically to Northern Development by email. Email:

Annual project reporting

Local Governments who have been approved for Economic Development Capacity Building funding for the previous year must submit complete reporting to Northern Development prior to January 31st.

Please contact Northern Development staff to discuss your project in further detail.

Phone : (250) 561-2525