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Posted: February 24, 2016

Elk Valley projects funded by CBT

Four Elk Valley projects that support social well-being have been approved to receive funding through Columbia Basin Trust’s Social Grants.

“Through these grants, we’re able to help social service organizations meet the needs of Basin communities and residents,” said Liz Gillis, Columbia Basin Trust Manager, Social Initiatives. “These projects will positively impact health and well-being throughout the Basin.”

Elk Valley projects being funded include:

– District of Sparwood – $11,000 – Deliver the outdoor Ghostrider Adventure Camp to children and youth.

–  Elk Valley Hospice (Fernie and Area) Society – $5,500 -Establish an information kiosk in the Elk Valley Hospital lobby to raise the organization’s profile, build awareness of its services and provide an opportunity for fundraising to ensure its long-term sustainability.

–  Elkford Arts Council Society – $12,300 – Develop a youth mentorship program that will pair high school-aged youth with children in an after-school art program; participants will strengthen employment, communication and social skills.

Fernie Child Care Society – $46,400 – Create an outdoor play space to improve the experiences, education and health of children aged infant to five years enrolled at the daycare.

Since Social Grants was launched in 2012, the Trust has been able to distribute slightly over $4 million to improving social well-being in our communities. 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.

Social Grants is one way the Trust is assisting communities to improve the social well-being of residents in the Basin. Learn more about the goals and objectives of the Trust’s Social Initiatives in the Social Strategic Plan 2014-2019.

For more information about the program, visit cbt.org/2016socialgrants. To learn all the ways the Trust supports social well-being in the Basin, visit cbt.org/social.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.

Lead image: The grand opening of the Elk Valley Hospice Kiosk. Photo courtesy Mary Giuliano

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