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$100,000 up for grabs in new Community Directed Youth Funds program: CBT

Columbia Basin Trust has a new program to support youth in Basin communities. Community Directed Youth Funds (CDYF) will be piloted in six communities, including Nelson, and their surrounding areas this fall. 

CDYF targets youth ages 12-19 and will provide each area with $100,000 over four years to increase activities, opportunities and services for youth. The program will be available to the remainder of the Basin over the next two years.

The program is intended to bring added value to participating regions and to provide resources to communities that show the desire and the ability to work together to identify and address issues in their youth communities.

"The intent of Community Directed Youth Funds is to put resources in the hands of communities so they can enhance local opportunities and meet local youth priorities in their regions," said Garry Merkel, CBT chair, board of directors.

"This is consistent with CBT's belief that communities are best placed to make decisions regarding their priorities and consistent with our direction to provide resources and funding to communities to allow them to pursue their priorities."

  • Guidelines and applications will be available in the fall, but those wanting to better understand the program are encouraged to call Wayne Lundeberg at 250-304-1625 or email cdyf@cbt.org with "subscribe to CDYF info" in the subject line to be added to the email list to receive program updates.