New grants available; CBT announces $9 million over three years for recreation projects

The new grants announced will help improve infrastructure like trail networks and parks.

  • Jan. 26, 2016 7:00 p.m.

A new program added to Columbia Basin Trust’s (CBT) granting cycle is welcoming news for communities in the Basin.

Recreation Infrastructure Grants are offering $3 million per year over the next three years to help groups and organizations with construction of new recreation projects or upgrades existing infrastructure.

The funds are earmarked for improvements to structures and spaces like back country trail networks, swimming pools, ice rinks, curling arenas, sports fields and parks.

Groups can receive up to 70 per cent of project costs to a maximum of $500,000. CBT maintains investing in recreation encourages residents to live active and healthy lifestyles, as well as supports tourism in the region.

“Residents have told us that recreation and physical activity are important to them both in terms of lifestyle and health,” says Neil Muth, CBT president and chief executive officer. “We’re pleased we can quickly address their needs and wishes by acting on this priority. Substantial support like this will help create significant benefits in communities.”

The program is a result of considerable public consultation, and is an avenue to back recreation projects on a larger scale in a relatively short time period.

Though it’s early in the game, Montrose was encouraged by the news, hoping to gain monetary support for skate park improvements after being turned down for financial backing from the Canada 150 grant program. Trail was also denied its Canada 150 grant to construct a new skate park and improve the Aquatic Centre gym.

Applications are open for the first intake now until March 14. A second intake is slated for July.

To learn more about the trust’s programs and initiatives, visit cbt.org.

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