Strategic Initiatives Fund (SIF): Application Deadline

Region: Multiple Regions
Subject: Community Funding Application Intake Deadlines
Event Date: July 31 2022 @ 5:00pm

This is a proposal-based program that provides grant funding for strategic projects that are large in scale, regional in impact, enhance a community or multiple communities’ ability to overcome economic challenges and will result in incremental capacity or strategic economic infrastructure within a local government or First Nation. The goal of the program is to support community-based projects that focus on long-term economic transformation and sustainability.

It is anticipated that there will be approximately $1.2 million available through the Strategic Initiatives Fund in 2022. While there is no limitation on the maximum grant size available, applications where Northern Development’s investment exceeds 80% of the eligible project budget, or where the amount requested exceeds the program allocation, will not be processed.
The assessment of the required level of funding will take into consideration all other sources of funding available to the applicant. Preference will be given to projects that leverage incremental funding from local government, First Nations, the provincial government, federal government, the private sector and other non-government sources.

The Strategic Initiatives Fund will be delivered through a single call for proposals. Submit your proposal cover form (with proposal and all required attachments) to info@northerndevelopment.bc.ca by 5:00pm July 31st, 2022.

The Strategic Initiatives Fund call for proposals process allows for a comparative analysis of projects against the criteria outlined in this guide and strengthens Northern Development’s responsiveness to economic trends and the unique opportunities that exist in central and northern B.C.
Eligible and qualified projects will be reviewed by the Northern Development board for a decision at their October 2021 meeting. Applicants will receive notification from Northern Development regarding the status of their request shortly thereafter.

Strategic Initiatives Fund program page and application documents: https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/funding-programs/community-development/strategic-initiatives-fund/