NCC launches Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture pro­gram

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The Nu­natuKavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (NCC) has an­nounced the launch of a $1.5-mil­lion pro­gram for in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from NCC, the pro­gram will pro­vide a vi­tal in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture projects in com­mu­ni­ties in Nu­natuKavut.

NCC pres­i­dent Todd Rus­sell said it is the first ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture pro­gram de­vel­oped by NCC that is fully funded from its own source rev­enues.

“It is won­der­ful to see these funds be­ing put back into our com­mu­ni­ties in such a tan­gi­ble way,” Rus­sell said. “This pro­gram en­cour­ages com­mu­ni­ties to de­ter­mine their own pri­or­i­ties, look at sus­tain­abil­ity and ap­ply for fund­ing based on greatest need. This is an im­por­tant step in self­gov­er­nance. We look for­ward to the many op­por­tu­ni­ties that lie ahead for NCC and South­ern Inuit. We feel that this sig­ni­fies progress and is in­dica­tive of what the fu­ture holds.”

Un­der the pro­gram, called the In­vest­ing in Nu­natuKavut Com­mu­ni­ties In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram (INCIP,) com­mu­ni­ties can ac­cess up to $30,000 in fund­ing for project plan­ning and pro­posal de­vel­op­ment and up to $100,000 for di­rect in­vest­ment into in­fra­struc­ture projects like build­ing con­struc­tion, wa­ter and sewer and com­mu­nity roads.

“The lo­cal ser­vice district in Black Tickle is happy to hear about new in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing for our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Joe Keefe, Lo­cal Ser­vice District of Black Tickle.

Keefe said it al­lows com­mu­ni­ties with a small tax base to be able to ap­ply for gov­ern­ment fund­ing that re­quires match­ing funds to meet in­fra­struc­ture needs.

Mar­garet Bur­den, for­mer mayor of Port Hope Simpson, said gov­ern­ment pro­grams, NCC, mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils, the busi­ness com­mu­nity, schools and churches must work to­gether in­stead of in iso­la­tion of each other.

“Mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture, work­place readi­ness, ac­cess to broad­band in­fra­struc­ture will en­able small com­mu­ni­ties to sur­vive and com­pete in a global econ­omy,” she said.

Or­ga­ni­za­tions such as com­mu­nity gov­er­nance bod­ies, com­mit­tees and other not-for-profit groups are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply in year­round Nu­natu-Kavut com­mu­ni­ties from Cartwright to Lodge Bay.

The pro­gram will start as a three-year pi­lot with two ap­pli­ca­tion dead­lines per year: Oct. 15 and April 15. The first dead­line is this com­ing Oc­to­ber.


NCC Pres­i­dent Todd Rus­sell

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