Columbia Basin Trust Resident Directed Grants 2024

The application process for Columbia Basin Trust's 2024/2025 Resident Directed Grants Program is now CLOSED. 

Please visit the project page for details and ongoing information related to the 2024/2025 CBT Resident Directed Grants Program -   

Contact Information

For further information regarding the Resident Directed Grants Program please contact:

Grants Coordinator
Phone: 250-352-8170


For information on other programs offered by the Columbia Basin Trust, please contact the Columbia Basin Trust at 1-800-505-8998 or visit:


ReDi Grants (Resident Directed Grants) are flexible and incorporate community-based funding decisions. They support local projects that provide additional value to Columbia Basin communities and that benefit the broad community and public good.

Each year, Columbia Basin Trust distributes program funds to its local government partners: the regional districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary; the City of Revelstoke; the Town of Golden; the Village of Valemount; and First Nations partners ʔaq̓am, ʔakisq̓nuk First Nation, yaqan nukiy, Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it and Shuswap Band.

The granting allocation for the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) for 2024-2025 is $1,409,849. 

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.


Eligible Applicants: You may apply if you are a registered non-profit society, First Nation, registered school or local government. Projects must meet community and public needs.

If your group does not fit any of the above categories, or if your group is a private sector organization, you may only request support up to a maximum of $4,999 and you must clearly demonstrate how your project will benefit the broad community. Unregistered groups may request support of $5,000 or more only if they are sponsored by an eligible applicant. 

Eligible applicants sponsoring an unregistered group must submit the application on behalf of the unregistered group. If the project is successful in receiving funds, the eligible organization will receive the funds and complete the final report. Eligible applicants applying on behalf of unregistered groups assume all responsibility for the project outlined in the application

If you have an overdue or incomplete project final report from a previous year, your application will be considered ineligible until all overdue reports are submitted.

If you’re unsure if your organization is in good standing (or if you need to change your primary contact at any time), contact the RDCK Grants Coordinator as soon as possible.

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


Eligible applicants include registered organizations that are:

  • Not-for-profit
  • First Nations
  • Registered schools
  • Local government

Please note that in order to be eligible for 2024 grant funding, an organization must be in good standing, which means organization which received funding in 2022 or prior MUST have submitted a Final Financial Report to the RDCK before December 31, 2023, or else will not be eligible for 2024 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. Visit the website here or contact Sonya Martineau, Legislative Coordinator at the City of Nelson: or 250.352.8234 for more information.

Project Period

The 2024/2025 project period is May 17, 2024, to June 30, 2025. You must complete your project within this period, and you must not incur expenses before the start date (May 17, 2024). Expenses incurred prior to this date are NOT eligible.


The Columbia Basin Trust Act requires that Trust funding not relieve any level of government of its normal obligations. Program funds must not be used to fund core services normally funded through the government tax base such as publicly funded education or infrastructure such as roads, sewers, water systems and fire protection.

Applications for multi-year funding will not be accepted.

Operational costs—which ensure the continuity of your organization’s operations, or costs that would be incurred even if the project didn’t proceed—are not eligible for funding. These include but are not limited to:

• administrative fees;
• wages and other employment-related costs for permanent employees;
• rent and utilities;
• insurance;
• professional fees; and
• recurring contractual obligations.

Exception: Operational costs may be eligible if those costs are related to start-up costs for a new program or pilot project. You must provide a clear plan for ongoing support of the operations after ReDi funding has been spent.


Apply online, following the directions in the section Application Information and Instructions. Applications are accepted once per year.

You must apply by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

Late applications will NOT be accepted. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered. Projects eligible for funding consideration will be posted on the RDCK website in March.

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.

The Resident Directed Grants are designed to put funds back into the Basin for those communities most affected by dam construction under the Columbia River Treaty. The Resident Directed 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. Affected Area communities include: portion of Area D (Argenta, Cooper Creek, Howser, Johnsons Landing, Lardeau and Meadow Creek), 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).


ReDi Funded Proposals in 2023
CIP/AAP Funded Proposals in 2022
CIP/AAP Funded Proposals in 2021

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The content on this page was last updated February 21 2024 at 8:30 AM