CBT’s Environmental Initiatives Program grants increased

Columbia Basin groups wishing to help maintain or enhance environmental conditions are invited to submit project ideas.

Columbia Basin groups wishing to help maintain or enhance environmental conditions in and around their communities are invited to submit project ideas to the Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP) of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). Over the past 11 years, the program has provided over $5 million in funding for environmental conservation, restoration, stewardship and education projects across the Basin.

The program’s small grants stream, geared at projects under $10,000, has a continuous application intake depending on available funding. The large grants stream has an annual intake, and, for 2012 – 13, will fund projects up to $50,000. The next application deadline is 3:30 p.m. on October 26, 2012.

“We’re pleased we can increase our support of projects that aim to reduce the impacts people have on our environment,” said Rick Allen, CBT Program Manager, Environment. “The projects also encourage education and awareness for all generations about Basin ecosystems.”

White Bark Consulting was recently able to carry out whitebark pine restoration thanks in part to EIP support. Whitebark pine is an endangered tree species of high-elevation forests that provides food and shelter for various wildlife species. The project also included educating community members, collecting seeds from healthy trees and creating a distribution map of the Basin.

“The funding provided by CBT has been vital in enabling people and organizations that are interested in whitebark pine to come together and work on restoration efforts,” said Adrian Leslie, White Bark Consulting. “It has been a fun, interesting and rewarding experience.”

For more information about EIP or to get an application form, visit www.cbt.org/eip or contact Rick Allen, Program Manager, Environment, at 1.800.505.8998 or rallen@cbt.org.