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Posted: June 28, 2022

Trust community initiatives funding approved by RDEK

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors has approved funding for 100 projects around the region over the coming year.

The funding comes from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs, which are administered by the RDEK.

“The approved 2022/2023 projects represent $1,235,802.53 in funding for everything from awareness, outreach and support initiatives to recreation programs, history projects, stewardship programs and facility upgrades,” said RDEK Board Chair and Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay.

“The Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs make an incredible impact across our entire region and we are profoundly grateful to the Trust for its ongoing support.”

After considering public input and recommendations from the municipalities and Electoral Area Directors, the Board approved the funding at its June Board Meeting.

Notable causes being funded include: $116,203.46 to Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child and Family Service Society for Foundry East Kootenay Centre; $25,500.00 to Peaks Gymnastics Society; $34,000 to 2022 Sam Steele Days; $35,000 to Triangle Women’s Institute for Pioneer Hall Upgrades; $44,722 to Wardner Community Association for Phase 2 Solar and Cemetery; and $46,000 to Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC for Kootenay Trout Hatchery Outreach Programs in 2022-23.

A complete list of the approved projects is available HERE or by contacting the RDEK.

Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations.

To learn more about the Trust visit

Lead image: Kootenay Trout Hatchery. e-KNOW file photo


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