Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs

The Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs are intended to be flexible and incorporate community-based funding decisions. 

The Programs support local projects that provide additional value to Basin communities and that benefit the broad community and public good.  Program funds are distributed annually to the Trust’s partners:

  • Local government partners: the regional districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary, the City of Revelstoke, Town of Golden and Village of Valemount; and
  • Indigenous partners: Ɂaq’am, Ɂakisq’nuk, Lower Kootenay (Yaqan nuɁkiy), Tobacco Plains Indian Band (Ɂakink’umŧasnuqŧiɁit) and the Shuswap Indian Band.

In the East Kootenay, 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.  In the East Kootenay, 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 public comment period on the 2020/2021 funding applications is open from March 25 to Noon on April 8, 2020.  To review the list of projects seeking funding and make comment, CLICK HERE and fill out the comment form.

Document Links

If you have already submitted an application and we have directed you to revise your application, please follow this link: 2020/2021 RDEK Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Online Application

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)

For information on other programs offered by the Columbia Basin Trust, please contact the Columbia Basin Trust at 1-800-505-8998 or visit:


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