CBT has cash for youth projects

Organizations with projects that directly benefit Basin youth may apply for grants of up to $15,000 through the Columbia Basin Trust’s Youth Grants program.
A range of organizations can apply, including non-profit, public and First Nations groups, as well as youths aged 15 to 29 with a sponsoring organization. The application deadline is March 10.
“Thanks to the dedication and creativity of projects that organizations bring forward, young people have a range of opportunities to engage in their communities and with one another,” Lisa Kilpatrick, the CBT’s senior manager for the delivery of benefits. “From theatre projects to powwows, robotics teams to youth-led television networks, funding is being used to benefit youth in the Basin in meaningful and diverse ways.”
In the fall 2014 intake, 17 projects received more than $153,000. Successful projects were determined by the Trust’s Youth Advisory Committee, a group of Basin residents aged 15 to 29 who volunteer with the Trust to adjudicate applications and provide recommendations.
Last year, two Revelstoke groups — the Flying Arrow Productions Society and Stoke FM Radio Society — received $15,000 and $13, 849, respectively. Flying Arrow’s Youth Theatre Mentoring Project supported a youth-led theatre production and provided training in various theater craft and production skills. Stroke FM used its money to engage youths aged 12 to 19 through various forms of media including radio, social and print media.
For more information or to discuss your project idea, contact Michelle d’Entremont, Basin Youth Liaison, at 1-800-505-8998 or mdentremont@cbt.org. For details, visit cbt.org/youthgrants2015.
The CBT supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, visit cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.