Craig Brown

38 Revelstoke community groups seeking CBT funding

38 Revelstoke community groups request $582,546 in funding from the Columbia Basin Trust.

Close to 200 people came out to hear about future community projects and vote for funding on their favourite ones at the Revelstoke Community Centre on Monday night.

The annual Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program funding night took place on Monday, Mar. 4, and 38 different groups made the case to receive a share of more than $340,000 in funding from the CBT. In total they asked for $537,546 to fund $1,380,173 in projects.

The projects ranged from the Community Connections summer camp to the Canadian Avalanche Centre’s youth outreach to infrastructure projects for a number of sports clubs to funding for the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre, Visual Arts Centre and more.

Each group had three minutes for their presentation and afterwards, the public could vote for their 10 favourites. The public vote is worth 15 per cent of an application’s overall score; the rest is based on the project’s economic, social or environmental benefits, and the strength of the application.

Usually, every applicant gets some funding, it’s just a matter of how much money they get. In 2011, 39 projects received $335,961 in funding, of which 37 are listed as complete, one has received an extension until June 2013, and one didn’t provide a final report. In 2012, 37 projects received $333,961 in funding, of which 24 are complete, 11 received extensions, one is on hold (the bike park), and one group (the Columbia Valley Skateboard Association) forfeited its funds.

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