CBT Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs

The Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs – the Trust's oldest programs – support projects identified as priorities within individual communities.  The programs are designed to help address the needs of Basin communities.  They are flexible and incorporate community-based funding decisions to better meet local priorities.  The Regional District of East Kootenay delivers these programs in the East Kootenay region on behalf of the Trust.

The Community Initiatives Program funds projects that are identified as priorities within the communities and rural areas of the Regional District of East Kootenay. 

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.  The Program funds projects that meet priorities in communities which lie within 10 km of Lake Koocanusa and include the following:

  • Electoral Area B: Jaffray, Galloway, Elko, Baynes Lake, Grasmere, and Newgate
  • Portion of Electoral Area C: Wardner, Mayook and Bull River

The Application Process

Applications are accepted once per year from January to mid-February.  For 2016, the application period is January 11 – February 15 at 9:00 am.  During this period, the application form is available below under Documents.  To have an application form mailed to you, please contact our office.

IMPORTANT! Application Form -  Adobe Reader DC Compatibility Issue

The Adobe Reader DC Version 2015.010.20056 released on January 12, 2016 appears to blank out form field contents when attaching files and/or saving files.

Current Resolution:
1. Uninstall Adobe Reader DC.
2. Go to https://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/
3. Select Reader 11.0.10.
4. Download installation file and install.
5. You should be able to successfully complete your application without issue.


Contact Information

For further information regarding the Community Initiatives & Affected Areas Programs please contact:

Tina Hlushak
Deputy Corporate Officer
Phone: 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 (toll-free)
Email:     thlushak@rdek.bc.ca

For information on other programs offered by the Columbia Basin Trust, please contact the Columbia Basin Trust at 1-800-505-8998 or visit their website at: http://www.cbt.org