FORT ST. JOHN -- The City of Fort St. John council is bringing back a grant for projects that improve relationships between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities in the city.

According to the city, they’re introducing the second intake of the Diversity and Inclusion Micro-Grant program. This program will grant organizations up to $1,000 for new or unique projects that contribute to celebrating equity and inclusion, cultural diversity and improving relationships between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

This program is open to registered non-profit societies or non-profit co-operative or community organizations, museums, or libraries. Indigenous, newcomer, immigrant, or ethno-cultural community organizations are encouraged to apply.

Applications for the grant close Friday, December 15 at 4:30 pm, and successful projects will be announced in December. All projects must be completed by November 1, 2024.

“We are thrilled to share that the second iteration of the Diversity and Inclusion Micro-Grant initiative is now available for local community-based groups and organizations to apply. We are eager to collaborate to explore opportunities across various events, programs, and activities that honour cultural diversity, Truth and Reconciliation, equity, and inclusion," stated Eryn Griffith, arts and culture manager for the City of Fort St. John.

It comes after the program’s initial launch in April 2022 in partnership with the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. Eight organizations were awarded project/event funding, including Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce, Fort St. John Hospital Auxilary, FSJ Multicultural Society, North Peace Pride Society, Treaty 8 Tribal Association, Blueberry River First Nations, Halfway River First Nation, and the Fort St. John Salvation Army.