CBT: Residents getting set to direct the latest round of grants program
Columbia Basin residents are being asked to get ready for the ReDi program now as it prepares to kick into gear early in the new year.
Grant applications will be accepted for Columbia Basin Trust Resident Directed grants (ReDi) on Jan. 3 — through the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) — in support of local projects to “provide additional value to Basin communities and that benefit the broad community” and residents across the region.
“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,” noted RDCK information on the grants.
The granting allocation for the entire RDCK for 2024-2025 is $1,409,849, similar to 2023 when $1.4 million in project funding was awarded to 312 community groups throughout the RDCK.
ReDi grants incorporate community-based funding decisions — the people in each area get a chance to vote on the projects to support — and the program is flexible.
A registered non-profit society, First Nation, registered school or local government are the bulk of the type of organizations that can apply for the grants, with projects that must meet community and public needs.
“If your group does not fit any of those categories, if you are in the private sector, or if you are applying as an individual, 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,” a ReDi criteria notice read.
Unregistered groups may request support of $5,000 or more only if they are sponsored by an eligible applicant.
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Eligible applicants sponsoring an unregistered group or individual 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 or individuals assume all responsibility for the project outlined in the application.
If there is an overdue or incomplete project final report from a previous year, an application will be considered ineligible until all overdue reports are submitted.
For those unsure if an organization is in good standing, people can 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
Rural electoral areas
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K
- Eligible applicants include registered organizations that are: not-for-profit; First Nations; registered schools; and local government.
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.
Operational costs — which ensure the continuity of an 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;
• professional fees; and
• recurring contractual obligations.
Apply online, following the directions in the section application information and instructions. Applications are accepted once per year.
People must apply by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Late applications will not be accepted.
Projects eligible for funding consideration will be posted on the RDCK website in March.