Hot off the press: The CBT has $3 million for recreation infrastructure

For the next three years the Columbia Basin Trust is offering $3 million a year in grants to help groups and organizations that want to construct new recreation infrastructure or upgrade existing infrastructure.

In a statement released Monday, January 18, the Trust said its new Recreation Infrastructure Grants can help fund improvements to structures and spaces like backcountry trail networks, swimming pools, ice rinks, curling arenas, sports fields and parks — encouraging Basin residents to live more active, healthy lifestyles and supporting recreation tourism in the region. Groups can receive up to 70 per cent of project costs, to a maximum of $500,000. There is no minimum.

“Residents have told us that recreation and physical activity are important to them both in terms of lifestyle and health,” CBT President and CEO Neil Muth said in the statement. “We’re pleased we can quickly address their needs and wishes by acting on this priority. Substantial support like this will help create significant benefits in communities.”

While the Trust has always supported these kinds of projects, the new grants will allow it to do so on a larger scale in a relatively short time period. The program is the result of considerable public consultation, during which the CBT learned about the importance of recreation and physical activity and committed to increase opportunities in this area. You can read more about this priority and others in its Columbia Basin Management Plan at

To apply, proponents should contact Rick Allen, Manager, Special Initiatives, to discuss their project. He can be reached at 1-800-505-8998 or send him an e-mail at If eligible, proponents will then be e-mailed an application form. To be considered for the first intake, application forms must be submitted by March 14. There will be another intake in July. Learn more at

The Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit or call 1-800-505-8998.