RDCK distributes thousands in community grants on behalf of Basin Trust
by John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative reporter
Christmas is nice, but for community organizations in the West Kootenay, May is the magic month. That’s when the Regional District of Central Kootenay, announces the recipients of the annual grants under the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas programs.
The RDCK says it received 280 requests for funding this year, asking for more than $2.5 million in grants. That’s less than was requested last year, but it’s still far more than the $1.48 million that was available.
That leaves some groups with less than what they’d hoped, and some denied completely.
In total, 265 proposals were accepted for consideration.
The selection process was the same as last year’s, because of the pandemic. Instead of community votes and other gatherings, the public gave its comments online. Those comments then went to local selection committees made up of elected and unelected residents who made the final recommendation for funding.
The selection committee recommendations were ratified by RDCK directors at its May 19 meeting.
Here’s a list of some of the most notable projects supported by the CIP/AAP grants in the Valley Voice readership area.
Area D and Kaslo
Area D and Kaslo received a total of $206,624 in Community Initiative and Affected Area Program grants, including: Argenta Community Association - upgrades to community pavilion and playground, community food safe kitchen, and emergency response equipment ($12,500); Bee Awareness Society - $1,000 for an education program; Jewett Elementary School - $4,000 for a hot-lunch program; Johnson’s Landing Community Hall – fire resistance upgrade ($4,000); Kaslo Community Acupuncture Society- $8,500; Kaslo Search and Rescue -$9,996; Kaslo Youth Society - $1,500 for a Dungeons and Dragons club; Kaslo Housing Society - $6,000 for design work and permitting for housing project; Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society - $4,000 for trail maintenance; Kaslo-Sandon Rails to Trails Society- $2,500 for trail safety improvements; Kaslo Animal Assistance Program - $1,000 for spay/neutering clinic; Lardeau Community Club - $15,000 for various projects, maintenance and community building; Living Lakes Canada - $4,900 for North Kootenay Lake water monitoring; North Kootenay Lake Community Services - $25,500 for food cupboard program, family and youth programs; St. Andrew’s United Church - $4,125 for renovation work on building; West Kootenay Amateur Radio Club - $1,500 for amateur radio repeater on Mt. Lavina fire lookout.
Area H, which includes the Slocan Valley outside the municipalities of New Denver, Silverton and Slocan, received $69,221 in CIP grants, including: Appledale Daycare- $1,400 for playground equipment; Bee Awareness Society - $2,200 for education program; Crescent Valley Community Hall - $1,400 for building improvements; Hills Recreation Society- $1,800 for tennis court repairs; North Slocan Trails Society- $2,200 for work on Butter Me Up mountain bike trail; Passmore Volunteer Fire Dept.- $3,700 to expand and enhance swift water rescue; Rural Alternatives Research and Training- $2,200 for a Vallican Artist’s Residence program; Slocan Community Library - $1,800 for collection development; Slocan Fitness Centre - $1,200 for upgrades; Slocan Lake Golf Club - $3,600 for course upgrades; Slocan Solutions Society - $2,100 for Saturday Market; Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society - $4,000 for tree thinning along rail trail; Slocan Valley Senior’s Housing Society - $5,800 for Passmore Seniors’ Lodge outreach; Slocan Valley Threads Guild - $3,600 for replacement of storage facility; Valhalla Nordic Ski Club - $1,900 for grooming tracks, phase 2; Valley View Golf Course - $7,800 for equipment and clubhouse upgrades; Vallican Heritage Hall Society - $1,900 for floor renovation; WE Graham Community Services Society - $2,650 for Early Years program coordination.
The combined communities of Area K – Burton, Fauquier, Edgewood, and rural Nakusp – received a total of $270,155 for various projects from both the CIP and AAP funding streams, including: Burton Internet Society - $14,000 for tower upgrades; Burton Volunteer Fire Dept - $2,995 for equipment; Arrow Lakes ATV Club - $20,000 for Caribou Creek bridge replacement; Arrow Lakes Caribou Society - $15,00 for a caribou maternity pen project; Arrow Lakes Environmental Stewardship Society - $2,000 for water quality monitoring; Arrow and Slocan Lake Community Services (ASLCS) - $20,000 for the Health and Wellness Connection; ASLCS - $2,000 for Fauquier children’s summer camp and swim lessons; Edgewood Community Club - $7,300 for cell repeater upgrades; Edgewood Fire Department - $2,400 for communication upgrades; Edgewood Legion Branch 203 - $8,123 for stage area repairs; Fauquier Community Club - $14,000 for various items- lights, tables, BBQ, chairs; Inonoaklin Recreation Commission - Whatshan public beach upgrade; Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association - $20,000 for Nakusp Trail washout repair and Galena Trail cable car replacement; Nakusp Golf Course - $14,000 for new benches and clubhouse flooring; Nakusp Library - $6,000 for ‘100 years of healthy fun’; Nakusp Ski Club - $37,500 for T-bar, haul rope and other hill improvements; North Slocan Trails Society- $5,000 for planning for mountain bike trail; Rotary Club of Nakusp - $20,000 for Adventure Park playground construction; Royal Canadian Legion Nakusp - $30,000 for new roof.A complete list of organizations receiving grants in this year’s intake (and those that were denied) – can be found on page 700 of the May 20 RDCK board addenda, which can be found online at www.rdck.ca under Government (Meetings, Agendas, Minutes).
John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice