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CBT approves 16 grants winners receive $500,000

Sixteen projects that support social well-being and address social issues in Basin communities have been approved to receive $500,000 from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

“These projects tackle diverse social issues and will affect people of many ages across the region,” said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO. “They will complement and strengthen the social supports already in place within our communities.”

One of the successful recipients is the Advocacy Centre of the Nelson CARES Society. Its project involves delivering a legal support program aimed at assisting individuals dealing with family law and child protection issues in the West Kootenay region.

“This program will deliver much needed services throughout the West Kootenay to families working through difficult family challenges,” said Jenny Robinson, Executive Director, Nelson CARES Society. “We’re excited about the potential impacts of this project.”

The Social Grants Program is a three-year pilot with an annual granting budget of $1 million. 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. For more information, visit

CBT supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit or call 1.800.505.8998.