Discretionary Grants in Aid

Community groups and organizations can apply for a Discretionary Grant in Aid to help offset costs of everything from operating expenses for their programs to purchasing equipment and supporting participation in (or hosting of) events.  Applications are made to the Electoral Area Director through the RDEK and are decided on by the RDEK Board. 

Some recent examples of groups that received funding through this program include:

  • The Sand Creek Senior’s Drop In Centre will receive $3500 from the Electoral Area B DGIA for the South Country bus garage.
  • The Grasmere Triangle Women’s Institute will receive $1600 from the Electoral Area B DGIA account to help with the cost of purchasing recreational equipment for the Grasmere Hall.
  • The Canadian Mental Health Association will receive $1500 from the Electoral Area C DGIA account to help offset costs associated with hosting the 34th Annual Community Christmas Dinner.
  • The Summit Community Services Society will receive $2000 from the Electoral Area C DGIA account and $1000 from the Electoral Area E DGIA account for the Police Based Victim Services Program .
  • The National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition will receive $2000 from the Electoral Area A DGIA Account.  The event is the largest international mine rescue of its kind in Canada.
  • The Radium Hot Springs Visitor Information Centre will receive $2000 from the Electoral Area F DGIA account and $1000 from the Electoral Area G DGIA accounts to offset expenses for summer staffing and operational costs.
  • Columbia Valley Arts will receive $3500 from the Electoral Area F DGIA accounts and $1000 from the Electoral Area G DGIA accounts to cover costs of a new storage addition for the Pynelogs Cultural Centre.

Applying for a DGIA:

  1. Write a letter outlining the amount of funding being requested and how it will be used (note: if your request is time sensitive, make sure the application is submitted 6-8 weeks prior to your event to allow time for the approval process)
  2. Address the letter to the Electoral Area Director for your Electoral Area and send it to the Regional District of East Kootenay  - 19 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook  BC  V1C 3H8. You can also email the letter to smoskal@rdek.bc.ca
  3. Once a request is received, it will be referred to the Advisory Planning Commission (APC) for review and recommendation.  The APC will make recommendations to the Electoral Area Director (the APC does not have decision making power, it makes recommendations)
  4. The Electoral Area Director will make a recommendation to the Board to support or deny the funding request.
  5. The recommendation from the Area Director will be considered by the RDEK Board of Directors at its monthly Board Meeting. The Board will vote to approve or deny of the funding request.
  6. Following the Board Meeting, a letter will be sent to you by the RDEK to advise you of the outcome.

Last edited: Wed, November 13, 2013 - 11:11:17