Projects approved for environment grants

Columbia Basin Trust program helps the environment

Local groups seeking funds of up to $10,000 are encouraged to apply for Columbia Basin Trust’s (CBT) Environment Grants; of which $1.3 million has already been awarded.

One of the thirty-nine projects recently awarded funding from the CBT is The Rossland Society for Environmental Action, for their project involving rehabilitating a local non-functioning wetland. They will use the site as an on-site classroom, with interpretive signage and outreach to the community.

“The North Jubilee Wetland Restoration Project will increase wildlife habitat in the heart of our community and create a place for community members to learn about the benefits of wetlands,” said Rachael Roussin, board member, Rossland Society for Environmental Action. “The wetland and wetland plants will also absorb and store excess water in peak runoff times and act as a filter for water before it flows downhill and into our storm water drains, improving watershed function.”

Other successful projects from the last intake include ones that strengthen ecosystems, help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change, and support environmental education — all of which address goals in the CBT’s Environment Strategic Plan.

Groups are encouraged to apply as soon as possible at cbt.org/applyenvironment. As funding is limited, applications will be considered as they arrive. Projects needing more than $10,000 can apply for funding in the fall.

“We appreciate all the work people throughout the Basin are doing to help preserve the natural assets of our region and address pressing environmental issues,” said Tim Hicks, CBT Manager, Water and Environment. “Projects of all sizes can yield significant benefits, and we encourage groups with requests of up to $10,000 to come forward as soon as possible with their project ideas.”

See the complete list of projects approved for funding at cbt.org/applyenvironment.

To learn more about the Trust’s other environmental priorities, visit cbt.org/environment.

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