Columbia Basin Trust

With patches of snow on the ground, it’s a day for jackets and hoods up to protect ears from the cold.

There are many ways to support a healthy and diverse environment, from restoring habitat to educating schoolchildren about ecosystems. Columbia Basin organizations will be taking on 29 projects like these with support from over $1 million in Environment Grants from Columbia Basin Trust.

It’s a milestone being felt around the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions: after more than three years of hard work, residents in over 12,000 rural households, in more than 62 communities in the region, will have access to new or improved high-speed Internet.

Whether biking to work, hiking peaks or walking pets, Columbia Basin residents prize the trails in our communities and surrounding areas. To improve these paths and support healthy outdoor lifestyles, Columbia Basin Trust is launching its new three-year, $1.5-million Trail Enhancement Grants.

Want to learn more about how to apply for arts and culture grants delivered by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance? Attend a free workshop with Krista Patterson, who will share how to apply and what to expect from the application process.

Individuals working in all artistic disciplines as well as arts and cultural organizations residing in the Columbia Basin are invited to attend the workshops.

Participants learn from the land and people of the Ktunaxa Nation.

After submitting their bid to host in 2012, the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) was given the nod to host the 2018 Canadian Environmental Education Conference.

From town halls to seniors’ centres, community purpose buildings are well-used gathering places that can use a lot of electricity and be costly to operate. The new Energy Sustainability Grant from Columbia Basin Trust can help these buildings generate energy, increase energy efficiency and sustainability, and reduce energy costs.

This school year, over 5,000 K-12 students in the Columbia Basin will venture beyond the walls of their classroom, where they will deepen their knowledge of the natural world with help from local mentors as part of the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network’s (CBEEN) Wild Voices program.

Event Date: 
Friday, September 21, 2018
Time: 
6:00pm - 8:00pm

A FREE BBQ, catered by The Bridge Bistro and made with local ingredients. Enjoy live music by Fernie band, RedGirl. The Annual General Meeting takes place beforehand at the Best Western from 4-5pm. Meet the Trust board and ask questions about THEIR work in the region.

Families in the Columbia Basin will soon have new and improved child care options. Columbia Basin Trust is providing $546,780 to 42 child care centres to upgrade equipment and make other improvements to 722 current spaces, plus create 122 new spaces.