Columbia Basin Trust Resident Directed Grants
Columbia Basin Trust Resident Directed Grants (ReDi Grants), formerly known as Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program Funding (CIP/AAP)
2023 APPLICATIONS PERIOD OPENS JANUARY 9, 2023
WHAT IS THIS PROGRAM ABOUT?
The Resident Directed Grants (ReDi Grants) are intended to be flexible and incorporate community-based funding decisions. The programs support local projects that provide additional value to Basin communities and that benefit the broad community and public good. Program funds are distributed annually to the Trust’s local government partners: the Regional Districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary, the City of Revelstoke, Town of Golden, Village of Valemount, and to our Indigenous partners: Ɂaq’am, Ɂakisq’nuk, Lower Kootenay (Yaqan nuɁkiy), Tobacco Plains Indian Band (Ɂakink’umŧasnuqŧiɁit) and the Shuswap Indian Band.
The granting allocation for the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) for 2023-2024 is $1,515,940.
Proposals need to adhere to the spirit of programs provided by the Trust and support efforts by the people in the Basin for meeting community and public need rather than private needs.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Project proposals must benefit one or more of the following areas within the RDCK:
City of Castlegar
Town of Creston
Village of Kaslo
Village of Nakusp
City of Nelson
Village of New Denver
Village of Salmo
Village of Silverton
Village of Slocan
RURAL ELECTORAL AREAS: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K
Eligible applicants include registered organizations that are:
• First Nations
• Registered schools
• Local government
Any private sector proposal that comes forward must be sponsored by an eligible organization and must clearly demonstrate community benefits.
Please note that in order to be eligible for 2023 grant funding, an organization must be in good standing, which means organization which received funding in 2021 or prior MUST have submitted a Final Financial Report to the RDCK before December 31, 2022, or else will not be eligible for 2023 funding consideration, unless a project extension has been granted.
Projects within the City of Nelson
The City of Nelson has specific criteria regarding Nelson’s Sustainability Goals and Community Priorities. Please visit their website here or contact Gabriel Bouvet-Boisclair at email@example.com or 250-352-8254 for more information regarding your proposal. All proposals need to be submitted to the attention of the RDCK and supporting documentation for City of Nelson consideration may total five (5) pages.
Projects within the Village of Nakusp and Area K Bayview
The Village of Nakusp and Area K‐Bayview ReDi Grants funding will be utilized for community‐based projects and funding will be allocated based on community relevance and projects that provide clear impact and benefit to the Nakusp/Area K-Bayview area prior to supporting applications that benefit other areas of the Basin.
The 2023-2024 project period is recognized as the day following the May 2023 RDCK Board meeting to June 30, 2024. Eligible project expenses incurred following the date of the May 2023 RDCK Board meeting can be utilized to satisfy reporting requirements. Projects are expected to be completed within this one year period and expenses pertaining to project funding must be incurred no earlier than the start date of the project period.
WHAT TYPES OF PROPOSALS / COSTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE?
The Columbia Basin Trust Act requires that Trust funding not relieve any level of government of its normal obligations. Program funds should not be used to fund basic infrastructure activities that are normally funded through the government tax base such as roads, sewers, municipal water systems and fire protection.
Proposals requesting multi-year funding will not be considered.
Expenses pertaining to project funding incurred before the start date of the project period will not be eligible.
Operational costs are not eligible for funding. On-going operational costs are those costs which are intended to support staff positions and regular payments expected to be made by the organization to ensure the continuity of its operations. These include costs such as rent payments, utilities, levies, and other contractual obligations.
• Affected Area Program (AAP) funding
• Start-up costs for an organization, with a clear plan for on-going support of the operations in the future and that the time frame for the longer term operational funding is outlined in the proposal
WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
The deadline for submission of proposals to the RDCK is 4:30 pm on Friday, February 17, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications must be completed through the online application system.
The Trust Working Closely with People in the Basin
The Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. They take their lead from residents and communities. Whatever the situation calls for, they adapt their role: from providing resources, to bringing people together, to leading an entire initiative. The Trust is here to offer experience and support to all Basin residents.
The Trust provides an extensive range of services, programs, initiatives (including the Resident Directed Grants) and financial investments. Their purpose is straightforward: they exist and act for the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Basin—now and for generations to come.
The Resident Directed Grants (ReDi Grants) are intended to be flexible and incorporate community-based funding decisions. The programs support local projects that provide additional value to Basin communities, and that benefit the broad community and public good. Program funds are distributed annually to the Trust’s local government partners: the regional districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary, the City of Revelstoke, Town of Golden, Village of Valemount, and to our Indigenous partners: Ɂaq’am, Ɂakisq’nuk, Lower Kootenay (Yaqan nuɁkiy), Tobacco Plains Indian Band (Ɂakink’umŧasnuqŧiɁit) and the Shuswap Indian Band.
ReDi Grants Funding is for meeting community and public needs rather than private needs and the Columbia Basin Trust Act requires Trust funding NOT relieve any level of government of its normal obligations. Program funds are not to be used to fund basic infrastructure activities such as roads, sewers, water systems, fire services and core services normally provided through government taxation.
A portion of the ReDi Grants, previously knows as the Affected Areas program, is designed to put funds back into the Basin for those communities most affected by dam construction under the Columbia River Treaty. This portion of the ReDi Grants funds projects that meet priorities in communities which lie within 10 kilometres of the Duncan Reservoir (portion of Area D), as well as within 10 kilometres of the Arrow Lakes, upstream of the reservoir (portion of Area J), all of Area K, and the Village of Nakusp. These communities include: a portion of Area D (Argenta, Cooper Creek, Howser, Johnsons Landing, Lardeau and Meadow Creek), a portion of Area J (Brooklyn, Deer Park, Renata, Shields and Syringa), and Area K (Arrow Park, Burton, Edgewood, Fauquier, Rural Nakusp/Bayview and the Village of Nakusp).
Projects funded in years 2020, 2021 and 2022
For more information go to www.ourtrust.org/ReDi
The content on this page was last updated January 9 2023 at 8:47 AM