Discretionary Grants-in-Aid

The RDEK’s Discretionary Grants-in-Aid (DGIA) program awards funding to registered non-profit organizations for projects that benefit the rural communities within the Electoral Areas.

Who is Eligible for Funding?
In general, grants are for meeting community/public rather than private needs.  Therefore, grants are only available to registered non-profit organizations.  (This includes first nations, school districts and local governments).  Any private sector proposal that comes forward must be sponsored by a non-profit community organization and must clearly demonstrate community benefits.  The application must be completed and submitted by the eligible organization.

How to Apply for Funding
DGIA Application Form - Print & complete
DGIA Interactive Application Form - Interactive fillable

  • Applications are accepted at any time.  Please make sure that the application is submitted 2-3 months prior to your event to allow time for the review process.
  • Applications must be submitted on the DGIA application form, either typed or neatly printed.  All fields of the application form must be completed in full.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications must include the project partners and project budget detailing revenue, expenditures, funds received from other sources and in-kind contributions. Additional information is not to exceed six single-side pages or three double-side pages. Pages above this limit may be removed before evaluation
  • If completing the application electronically, it is recommended that you use Adobe Acrobat Reader as the form may not work correctly in other PDF viewers. To download Adobe Acrobat Reader, visit https://get.adobe.com/reader/.
  • Proposals may be submitted by hand delivery, mail, fax, or email to:

        Attention:  Corporate Services
        Regional District of East Kootenay
        19 – 24 Avenue South, Cranbrook BC  V1C 3H8
        Email: corporateservicesdept@rdek.bc.ca
        Fax:  250-489-3498

Review Process
Once the application is received, the applications will be referred to the Electoral Area Advisory Commissions (EAAC) for recommendation to the Electoral Area Director.  The recommendation from the Electoral Area Director will be considered by the RDEK Board of Directors at its monthly Board meeting.  Following the Board meeting, a letter will be sent advising of the funding decision.

  • For Electoral Areas C,E, F and G, you or a representative may wish to attend the EAAC meeting to make a presentation on your application.  Upon receipt of your application, we will send you the contact information for the EAAC secretary to make the necessary arrangements.

Area of Expenditure
Grants provided by the RDEK must be expended only within the Electoral Area from which the grant is received; however, applications for projects outside the Electoral Area may be considered provided it is clearly demonstrated that the project benefits communities within the Electoral Area.

Funds for Government Activities
Grants may not be used to relieve any level of government of its legal or financial obligations.  Grants may be used to add value to government activities already in the Electoral Area, not replace those activities.

Release of Funds
Funds will be released to the applicant upon receipt of RDEK Board approval and submission of copies of invoices proving that funds were expended for the approved purpose. 

For further information regarding the Discretionary Grants-in-Aid program, please contact:

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

Last edited: Wed, March 11, 2020 - 9:51:26