The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has announced the details of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project community investment program, which will provide $6 million to Delta organizations and students, should the project proceed.
RBT2 is a proposed new marine container terminal led by the port authority. If approved and built, the project would play a critical role in supporting Canadian exporters and consumers of goods who increasingly want to trade with economies around the world, notes the Port Authority in a news release.
“We have a long history of supporting local organizations, programs, and initiatives that enrich the lives of the people who live and work in port communities like Delta,” said Duncan Wilson, vice president, environment and external affairs at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “We are excited to have the opportunity to support Delta students and community-based organizations through the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project community investment program, should the project proceed.”
The program includes three components: a community fund, community grants, and an education fund. For the $3.5 million community fund, organizations that support the Delta community may apply for a maximum of $50,000 per year, in line with the port authority’s existing community investment program. As part of the $2 million community grants component, organizations that support the Delta community will be invited to submit grant proposals for a minimum of $50,000 and will be selected based on a matrix of factors. The $500,000 education fund will be made available to Grade 12 students at public schools in Delta who are pursuing post-secondary training or education.
Funding will be distributed in phases, with an initial $500,000 from the community fund made available should a positive project decision be received from the federal government. The remaining funds will be made available once a final investment decision is made and will continue throughout the duration of construction. Additional details on the evaluation criteria and application process will be shared at a later date.Learn more about the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project and the community investment program at portvancouver.com/RBT2 or by visiting their Delta Community Office.