CBT now seeking Community Initiatives applications

Columbia Basin Trust’s (CBT) Community Initiatives  (CIP) and Affected Areas Programs (AAP) are currently accepting applications across the Basin for community-supported projects.

The CIP and AAP are CBT’s largest and longest running programs and will provide communities with $3.3 million in 2010. This is the third of a three-year $10 million-commitment by CBT.

“As long-standing programs at CBT, the CIP/AAP are intended to be flexible to help address the needs of individual communities and decisions on how to best disburse the funding are community-based,” Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO, said in a statement issued Thursday.

All areas of the Basin receive CIP funding, while additional AAP funds are allocated to areas of the Basin most affected by dam construction under the Columbia River Treaty. These areas are part of the Arrow, Kinbasket, Duncan and Koocanusa Reservoirs.

Funds for these programs are allocated on a per capita funding formula and are distributed once a year to CBT delivery partners: the Regional Districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary, City of Revelstoke, Town of Golden, the Village of Valemount and the Ktunaxa Nation Council.

For application forms and guidelines, visit www.cbt.org/programs and click on Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs, or contact the local delivery partner. Deadlines for submitting project proposals are:

City of Revelstoke and Area ‘B’ of the Columbia Shuswap Regional
District – Monday, February 15 at 4:30PM MST
Debra Wozniak