NCC launches Community Infrastructure program
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