CBT has cash for local environmental projects

Columbia Basin residents and groups wishing to help maintain or enhance environmental conditions in and around their communities are invited to submit innovative project ideas to the Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP) of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

The application deadline is March 18.

“Last year, the Environmental Initiatives Program was able to support 51 projects that are making a difference in Basin communities,” Rick Allen, CBT Program Manager, Environment said in a statement.

“We hope this year’s increased budget of $690,000 will allow CBT to be even more effective in helping environmental projects across the Basin come to fruition.”

The EIP includes a small grants stream, geared for projects under $10,000 (increased from $5,000 in 2010/11) and a large grants stream for projects up to $20,000.

The EIP application form and guidelines are available at www.cbt.org/eip. For more information about the granting program, submitting an application, or for assistance in the development of project ideas, contact Tiffany Postma, CBT Administrative Assistant, Environment, at tpostma@cbt.org, or call 1.800.505-8998 well before the program deadline. The deadline for submitting an application is 3:30 p.m. PDT/4:30 p.m. MDT, March 18, 2011. Applicants must submit BOTH an application electronically to eip@cbt.org and deliver an original, signed hard copy to any CBT office. Applications should clearly be labelled “Environmental Initiatives Granting Program.”

In addition to the grants provided through EIP, CBT also supports environmental education activities and has an active land conservation strategy. Visit www.cbt.org/environment to learn more about these initiatives or to read CBT’s Environmental Strategic Plan 2009 – 2012, which guides CBT’s environmental directions.

CBT delivers economic, social and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1.800.505.8998.