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Nelson council distributes 40 CBT grants to non-profit groups

The ReDi (Resident Directed) grants were formerly known as CIP (Community Initiative Program) grants
Nelson City Council has made its annual recommendations for the Columbia Basin Trust ReDi grants. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

The City of Nelson has announced its awards of the Columbia Basin Trust ReDi grants (formerly known as CIP grants) for 2023.

The grants are not city money, but are funding from the CBT to non-profit community groups. Grant funding for the West Kootenay is administered by the Regional District of Central Kootenay, which in turn asks the Nelson City Council to decide on the applications from Nelson area organizations.

For 2023, council has agreed on the following awards, which it will recommend to the RDCK board for approval later this month:

Living Lakes Canada Society – Developing a community vision for Cottonwood Creek enhancement: $25,000

Nelson Izu-Shi Friendship Society – Enhancing Cotton Falls Park: $16,450

Friends of the Nelson Municipal Library – Children’s area improvements: $12,190

The Ursa Project Society – Community outreach and education on bear awareness: $7,291

West Kootenay Women’s Association – Drop-in expansion/queer connect: $6,995

Kootenay Co-op Radio – KCR basement cultural space: $4,299

Kootenay Literary Society – Elephant Mountain Literary Festival: $4,000

Nelson and District Arts Council – ArtWalk 2023: $4,000

Nelson Fine Arts Centre Society – Oxygen Art Centre: exhibition and residency 2023: $4,000

Kootenay Climbing Association – Schematic design of the Cube Climbing Centre 2.0: $3,650

Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society – Kootenay Lake watershed monitoring program: $3,000

Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society – Kootenay Lake trash clean-ups: $3,000

Nelson Nordic Ski Club – Electric snow machine for Nelson Nordic Ski Club: $3,000

Nelson Civic Theatre Society – Supporting the Kootenay screen-based industry: $3,000

Health Arts Society – Concerts in Care 2023: $3,000

Nelson Youth Action Network – Youth mural project 2023: $3,000

Polka Dot Dragon Arts Society – Polka Dot Dragon Lantern Festival: $3,000

Nelson Baseball Association – New Lions Park equipment building: $2,999

Massif Music Festival Society – Massif Music 2023: $2,500

Nelson Music Festival Association – 2024 Kootenay Festival of the Arts: $2,500

Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association – Equipment for emergency response vehicle ERV2: $2,444

City of Nelson – Nelson Farmers’ Market Program – special events: $2,199

Bee Awareness Society – Bee awareness education program: $2,000

Nelson Reflections – Supporting youth in sports: $2,000

Kootenay Brain Injury Association – Community Partnership Project: $2,000

West Kootenay Community EcoSociety (Neighbours United) – 100 per cent renewable energy local government working group: $2,000

The BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Community spay-neuter and medical assistance: $2,000

Greater Trail Hospice Society – West Kootenay Nav-CARE: $2,000

West Kootenay Cycling Coalition – Human Powered Steampunk Parade and Festival: $2,000

Nelson and District Arts Council – Rural Artist Support Weekend 2023: $2,000

Kootenay International Burlesque Festival – Kootenay International Burlesque Festival: $1,750

Echo Vocal Arts Alliance – Anything is Possible: $1,250

Selkirk Concert Society – Selkirk Pro Musica 2023-24 concern series: $1,000

ANKORS – Walk With Me: Survivors Gaining Strength Together Outdoors: $1,000

Living Lakes Canada – Water monitoring for local climate change adaptation: $1,000

Nelson Seniors Centre Society – Central Kootenay Chess Club equipment upgrade and tournament director training: $1,000

Nelson Tennis Club – Landscape rehabilitation: $900

Kootenay Lake Sailing Association – Waterfront lakeside and east district real-time wind data: $530

Little Mittens Animal Rescue Association – Outdoor flight cage: $500

Kootenay Musical Theatre Society – Forty Words for Yes: $500

Wynndel Community Centre – Sports equipment: $250

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