COURTENAY, B.C. – $278, 800 is coming to three community projects.

The funding is for projects the K’ómoks First Nation, Village of Cumberland, and the District of Lantzville are putting together to diversify local economy, as well as make their communities more resilient. 

According to a release from the province, the Village of Cumberland is receiving $80, 000 to implement action items from the village’s economic strategy, which includes an investment-attraction analysis and a website to promote economic opportunities in the community.

The K’ómoks First Nation will receive $98, 800 to develop a land-use plan and zoning law for reserve lands. The project will provide an overarching vision for future land use, identify areas for community and economic development, and establish land use regulations.

The District of Lantzville will receive $100, 000 to implement phases of the district’s economic development strategy. The project includes contracting an economic development officer to attract new business and support existing businesses.

Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard said there are three streams that communities can apply for to receive the funding. The funding three mid-Island communities received today was from the single-applicant stream.

“This single-applicant (funding), is for community-driven projects. We’re responding to what those rural communities are saying they need,” Leonard said.

“I think it’s pretty exciting, what’s going to happen in all three communities. They’re working very hard to create the environment for their communities to succeed.”