Arts funding available

The City of Nelson and its Cultural Development Commission will be continuing with last year’s initiative to devote up to 35 per cent of the Columbia Basin Trust community initiative funding to local arts, culture and heritage projects.

The City of Nelson and its Cultural Development Commission will be continuing with last year’s initiative to devote up to 35 per cent of the Columbia Basin Trust community initiative funding to local arts, culture and heritage projects.

Last year more than $40,000 was distributed, helping to create a stable funding base to sustain Nelson’s vibrant arts community. The deadline for submitting project proposal applications is March 7.

“We’re very pleased that for the second year running, council has approved a more strategic approach to supporting our vital arts and heritage sector,” says councillor and commission board member Donna Macdonald. “This allows the commission to oversee a process whereby an independent jury of local arts, culture and heritage professionals adjudicate the applications, a process we consider both objective and informed.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for artists and arts and heritage organizations to continue the important work they are doing strengthening Nelson’s cultural sector,” says Stephanie Fischer, commission chair. “Don’t miss it!”

The commission’s decisions will be forwarded to city council for review. The process concludes at the RDCK board meeting when the regional district directors consider all of the recommended projects.

For more information, contact Angela Lund at the RDCK, 250-352-6665 or alund@rdck.bc.ca. Applications can be downloaded from rdck.bc.ca/corporate/grants/cbt.html.