2016 Columbia Basin Trust
Community Initiatives Program
Grant Funding

City of Nelson Application Guidelines:

The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) supports the efforts of residents in the Columbia Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being in their communities. CBT provides funding to deliver a variety of programs and initiatives that support and respond to the needs of the community; one being the Communities Initiatives Program (CIP).  CIP funds are allocated annually on a per capita funding formula once a year to CBT's local government partners including the Regional District of Central Kootenay  (RDCK).  The RDCK administers the Communities Initiative Program for the whole Central Kootenay region and each year invites community groups to submit their project proposals.  RDCK invites public participation and Local Government feedback in the process prior to awarding the funding in June of each year and also posts the results of grants awarded.  Nelson City Council plays an active role during the CIP approval process for funds allocated to the City of Nelson.

City of Nelson Applications for Funding

Council welcomes applications from all community groups.  In accordance with Council's Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program policy, Council has set a soft target to equally fund the City's four core pillars of sustainability as identified in the City’s Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy being: Environment, Social, Culture, Economy.

Applicants for funding eligible to the City of Nelson in 2016 may:

  1. Use the fillable form; or
  2. Download the application form; or
  3. Obtain a hard/paper copy from the RDCK offices at 202 Lakeside Drive, Nelson OR from the City of Nelson Administration Department, 2nd Floor City Hall, 310 Ward Street, Nelson.

The City of Nelson Application Guidelines document should be carefully referenced when completing applications. Please also take time to review the NEW Columbia Basin Management Plan Strategic Priorties 2016-2020 to ensure your grant application is aligned with the priorities set out in this document.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for applications to be submitted to the RDCK is 4:30 p.m on  Monday, February 29, 2016.  All applications must be submitted directly to the RDCK and not the City of Nelson.

Applicants will be invited to deliver a presentation to Council at the April 11, 2016 Committee of the Whole Council meeting. Council will adjudicate the proposals thereafter and make its final recommendations to the RDCK Board in time for their May Board Meeting.  The City of Nelson strongly encourages applicants use this opportunity to explain how to Council how their initiatives align with the City's plans for Nelson s future and be available to answer any questions they may have.

Five Key Areas City of Nelson applicants must address to strengthen 2016 applications:

The City of Nelson is again asking applicants to align project proposals with the City's planning initiatives by adding a 1 - 2 page attachment to their application which clearly demonstrates how the project meets one or many of the City's goals and objectives. City Council has requested that applications for funding allocated to the City of Nelson should clearly address the following five areas:

  1. Applications for community initiatives that will benefit areas outside the City of Nelson must clearly show what funding has been requested from those jurisdictions on the application form.
  2. Applications should show any other funding streams available for the proposed initiative (links to other funding resource are available below).
  3. Applications must demonstrate alignment between project / initiative goals and the City's Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy goals and objectives.
  4. Complete and solid supporting financial information is required for all projects / initiatives.
  5. The end result of any initiative should not see displacement of higher levels of government funding. Granting CBT-CIP funds should not result in higher levels of Government (provincial or federal) downloading its responsibilities to municipal jurisdictions.

The City of Nelson is committed to a sustainable future. For the City of Nelson; sustainability is about a productive economy, well protected environment and healthy citizens with strong cultural connections. It's about living well today while preparing for the future. The annual grant process provides an ideal opportunity for the community to grow familiar and committed to the City's planning since these initiatives were created in consultation and collaboration with the community. It has been Council's intention that these plans form an umbrella under which future work will align. Planning initiatives include the following:

  • Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy
  • Low Carbon Path to 2040: Community Energy and Emissions Action Plan
  • Affordable Housing Strategy
  • Active Transportation Plan
  • Sustainable Waterfront and Downtown Master Plan

Summarized information on the goals and objectives of these plans is provided in the City of Nelson Application Guidelines document. Applicants are encouraged to reference these City plans to illustrate how their projects align with City of Nelson sustainability strategies and to include written support from other organizations in the community that support the proposed project.

 Focus Area Summary Sheets are provided for the following:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Food, Food Security and Agriculture
  • Healthy Living and Social Well-Being
  • Land Use
  • Local Economy
  • Natural Areas, Recreation and Leisure
  • Solid Waste
  • Transportation and Mobility
  • Waste, Waste Water and Storm Water

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

Staff Contacts:


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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