Columbia Basin Trust  / Community Initiative Project (CIP) Proposals 

The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) was developed to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being in communities in the Columbia Basin as part of Columbia River Treaty. Funding available for community projects through the Communities Initiatives Program (CIP/AAp) is a part of this. CIP grant funding is allocated annually through a per capita formula to Local Government partners, including the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK). The RDCK is contracted by the CBT to administer CIP proposals for the whole Central Kootenay region.  

The CIP funding cycle (2018 dates To Be Announced):  
January: Call for project proposals, with a February deadline.  
February: Applications received. Nelson City Council plays an active role in adjudicating CIP proposals requesting funds allocated to the City of Nelson. 
March: applicants for CIP funding allocated to the City of Nelson are emailed an invitation to present their project proposals to Nelson City Council at a Special Committee of the Whole (CoW) meeting to be held in April (date to be announced).  
April: The CoW meeting provides Council an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed project and meet the project proponents. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend and present. Council then adjudicates the project proposals. 
May: Council sends a final recommendation to the RDCK Board in early May. The RDCK Board makes its final decision at its May Board meeting 
June:Tthe CBT distributes CIP grant funding. 

The CIP/AAP Project Application Form is available here (Fillable PDF). 

How to make a strong proposal: 

1. Understand the goals 

The City of Nelson is committed to a sustainable future that includes a productive economy, well-protected environment, healthy citizens, and strong cultural connections. Projects that align with the City’s goals are favourably viewed in the adjudication process. It may be useful for applications to review City plannning documents. 

For projects relating to the Arts, Culture and Heritage sectors, applicants may reference both the Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy and Council's Comprehensive Cultural Policy. 

Applicants are also encouraged to review the Columbia Basin Management Plan Strategic Priorities 2017-2020 

2.    Consider Council Policy: 
In 2015 Council created a new CBT/CIP Grant Policy to guide the adjudication.  
Applications are also considered in accordance with Council's Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program Policy.  

Council has set a soft target to fund the City's four core pillars of sustainability equally: Environment; Social; Culture; and Economy. 

How to Apply: 

Applicants are first required to:  
1.    Review the City of Nelson’s Guidelines [PDF]  
2.     Review Council Policy [PDF] 
3.     Applicants are urged to consider these key points: 

  • Community initiatives that will benefit areas outside the City of Nelson must clearly show on the application form what funding has been requested from the other electoral districts 
  • Complete and solid supporting financial information is required for all project proposalsApplicants should show any other funding available for the proposed project. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate alignment between the project goals and the City's Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy goals and objectives. 
  • The end result of any project proposal should not displace higher levels of government funding. This means that the provision of CIP funds to the project should not inadvertently result in higher levels of Government (Provincial or Federal) downloading their responsibilities to Local Government. 
After the above review, applicants should: 
Complete the RDCK 2017-2018 CIP/AAP Project Application Form [Fillable PDF]  
  1. Provide a 1 to 2-page attachment to the CIP/AAP Project Application Form that illustrates how the proposed project aligns with City of Nelson sustainability strategies, goals and objectives.  
  2. Supply written support from other community organizations if possible. 
  3. Submit application directly to the RDCK (not to the City of Nelson). 

Who to Contact: 


Judy Madelung 
CBT Coordinator/Administrative Clerk 
Regional District of Central Kootenay 
Box 590 - 202 Lakeside Dr., Nelson BC V1L 5R4 
Phone 250-352-8170 / 1-800-268-7325  Fax 250-352-9300  

City of Nelson 

Joanne Caldecott 
Deputy Corporate Officer 
City of Nelson 
101-310 Ward Street, Nelson BC V1L 5S4 
Phone 250-352-8285 Fax 250-352-2131 

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