Miriam Manley presents on behalf of the Revelstoke Visual Arts Society at the Revelstoke Community Centre on Tuesday night. 41 community groups were vying for funding from the Columbia Basin Trust. (Jake Sherman/Revelstoke Review)

52 community projects vie for Columbia Basin Trust funding

The funding is partially decided by the public, who were able to vote for 10 projects on Tuesday night

On Tuesday night 41 local organizations presented at the Revelstoke Community Centre in the hopes of receiving funding from the Columbia Basin Trust. (CBT)

The 41 organizations, who presented 52 projects, were vying for a total of $384,056.

The funding was part of CBT’s Community Initiatives program, which gives local residents the opportunity to weigh in on which projects will receive funding.

The projects were allocated about three to five minutes to make their pitch.

About 160 people were in attendance, and each resident was able to vote for 10 projects, which the evaluation committee will consider.

“This community is really engaged,” said Director of Corporate Administration at the City of Revelstoke, Dawn Low.

“It just seems to be getting bigger and bigger every year.”

Proposal evaluations are judged according to their community based social and environmental goals, community support and economic impact.

They are reviewed by a committee who make selections based on which projects best meet the CBT’s evaluation criteria.

The CBT evaluation committee assigns each project a score out of a maximum of 100 points.

50 points are allocated for key community criteria, 35 to general project criteria, and 15 points are assigned for community support.

The evaluation team met on April 4 and their decisions will have to be approved by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District before they finally are passed by City Council and become public.

A spokesperson for the City said the final decision should be made in May.

10% of the total points allocated to each project are derived from the publics vote.

About a fifth of the projects presented on April 3 were related to environmental education.


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