Rural Outreach Projects

The Rural Outreach Project was launched in 2019 as a joint effort between Memorial University of Newfoundland's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Centre for Social Enterprise (CSE). The initiative aims to assist rural communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, often managed by volunteer teams, such as town councillors, members of Local Service District Committees, or community-based non-profit social enterprises. Helping these communities develop and implement their ideas, the Rural Outreach Project aims to overcome obstacles and improve living conditions while preserving the province's cultural heritage.

The funding for the Rural Outreach initiative is generously provided by a grant from the Fry Family Foundation (FFF). This initiative is a part of a wider range of service learning and community support activities within the Faculty that receives support andencouragement from the FFF.

Through the Rural Outreach Project, engineering students are given the opportunity to work on meaningful projects that have a real impact on these communities. These projects include tasks such as GIS mapping, website development, and 3D modelling. In addition to benefiting the communities, this program also provides students with a better understanding of rural communities’ challenges and the untapped potential in these areas.

Using SketchUp, a 3D modelling application, our team is capable of creating accurate depictions of buildings, outdoor spaces, and floor plans. These items provide rural communities with the opportunity to visualize and present the critical aspects of their projects.

A common struggle with rural communities is finding funding for their projects. Sifting through the various grants and funding opportunities available in Canada is a tedious process, and determining the eligibility of a project for a grant can prove to be complicated. The Rural Outreach team is here to help. With our services, we can figure out the best course of action for each community by assisting with project eligibility and the funding application process.

In partnership with the 911 Division of the Government of Newfoundland, the Rural Outreach team can provide clients with 911 mapping services for their community. With the assistance of the town clerk or an equivalent town representative, engineering students are capable of creating detailed maps outlining the civic addressing of the respective community and deliver it to the government.

Many communities in Newfoundland & Labrador have outdated websites advertising their culture, historic sites, and tourist attractions. Rural Outreach is able to lend them their expertise in website development. Our team can update and create websites to give your community a new modern look!

These services among many others are offered to rural communities free of charge. The Rural Outreach program is always looking to become more versatile. We take on a wide variety of projects and have something for everyone! Reach out to us to learn more about the program and how we can help you.

Rural communities interested in participating in the Rural Outreach program can contact Brian at

Brian Peach, P. Eng, CAMP
Project Engineer - Community Based Partnerships

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