The Slocan Valley Economic Development Commission has chosen four organizations to receive a combined $251,000 over two years from the Slocan Valley Community Directed Fund. The fund is a partnership between the Regional District of Central Kootenay and Columbia Basin Trust, who provided the money.
“We believe that funding these organizations will result in long term and widespread benefits to the Slocan Valley community,”said Leah Main, chair of the commission. “The commission engaged with the community extensively to determine how valley residents wanted this funding used for their economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being.”
The commission allocated $40,000 to the seniors’ housing society project which plans to build long-term housing for elders in Slocan City. The society’s committee will share its knowledge and designs with other groups that may wish to develop similar housing projects in other parts of the valley.