CBT seeking social grant proposals

Food security is an important topic in the health and well-being of Basin communities. Photo courtesy of Nelson Food Cupboard Society

Early childhood support, community outreach and food security are some of the themes that stand out in the latest list of social sector projects receiving funding through Columbia Basin Trust’s Social Grants Program.

The Trust recently approved nearly $1 million in funding for 28 projects that address social well-being in the Basin.

“We are committed to improving the social well-being of Basin residents, and our grant program works with the social sector that brings about these positive changes,” Liz Illis, the CBT’s manager for Social Initiatives, said in a statement. “It’s really quite remarkable the work that these groups take on and how it contributes to the health of all of our communities.”

Successful Revelstoke projects include:

  • The creation of a space for community members who identify with the Aboriginal Friendship Society of Revelstoke to access support, share culture and build community awareness;
  • Hiring a coordinator to expand the Community Connection’s Food Recovery Program, providing nutritional educational resources and support for Revelstoke Food Bank clients; and
  • Piloting a School District 19 program that promotes positive mental health and wellness for school aged children through the participation of parents, children and teachers.

The CBT has distributed more than $5 million to improving social well-being in Basin communities since starting the social grants program in 2012. The Social Grants Evaluation Committee reviews the applications and makes the granting recommendations. The committee is a volunteer group of Basin residents that includes individuals who have experience and expertise in the social sector and individuals who have broader community development experience.

For more information about the program, visit ourtrust.org/socialgrants. To learn all the ways the Trust supports social well-being in the Basin, visit ourtrust.org/social.

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 ourtrust.org or call 1-800-505-8998.