16 projects get support from CBT’s Social Grants Program
Sixteen projects that support social well-being and address social issues in Columbia Basin communities have been approved to receive $500,000 from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).
“These projects tackle diverse social issues and will affect people of many ages across the region,” said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO. “They will complement and strengthen the social supports already in place within our communities.”
One of the successful recipients is the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy’s Kimberley Early Childhood Development team. Its project involves expanding the Ages and Stages Questionnaire Community Screen, which aims to identify and address the needs of children before school entry.
“We’re excited to take the next steps with this project,” said Terri Fergus, Chair, Kimberley Early Childhood Development. “It will provide very valuable information about early childhood development needs in Kimberley.”
Community Connections Society of Southeast BC, based in Cranbrook, is getting $10,000 to complete exterior capital improvements to the centre to improve client safety.
Aids Network Knowledge Outreach Resources Services (ANKORS), also based in Cranbrook, is getting $75,000 to deliver an anti-bullying program aimed at increasing safety for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and addressing homophobia, transphobia and violence in the Basin.
Invermere’s Family Resource Centre will get $6,400 to develop an action plan to address opportunities and deficiencies in service delivery for people with diverse abilities (disabilities).
School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) is getting $23,350 to deliver an after-school program to improve access to social services and developing healthy decision-making skills for youth attending Kimberley Alternate School.
And East Kootenay PARTY program will get $4,000 to expand the delivery of peer-mentored programs to include Aqamnik and Yaqan Nukiy Schools within the Ktunaxa Nation.
The Social Grants Program is a three-year pilot with an annual granting budget of $1 million. Granting decisions are made by the Social Grants Program Selection Committee, a volunteer group of Basin residents that includes individuals who have experience and expertise in the social sector and individuals who have broader community development experience.
For more information, visit www.cbt.org/sgp.
CBT supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.