Grants & Funding Support
Columbia Basin Trust / Community Initiative Project (CIP) Proposals
The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) was developed to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being in communities in the Columbia Basin as part of Columbia River Treaty. Funding available for community projects through the Communities Initiatives Program (CIP/AAP) is a part of this. CIP grant funding is allocated annually through a per capita formula to Local Government partners, including the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK). The RDCK is contracted by the CBT to administer CIP proposals for the whole Central Kootenay region.
The CIP Funding Cycle
Important Dates for 2020
- January 6th - February 28th: 2020 CIP/AAP Call for Proposals. Applications must be submitted through the online portal via the RDCK.
- February 28th: Application deadline 4:30pm
- Applications received. Nelson City Council plays an active role in adjudicating CIP proposals requesting funds allocated to the City of Nelson.
- March: applicants for CIP funding allocated to the City of Nelson are emailed an invitation to present their project proposals to Nelson City Council at a Special Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting to be held in April.
- April: Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend and present there proposals to Council at the COW meeting. This provides Council an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed project and meet the project proponents. Council then adjudicates the project proposals.
- May: Council sends a final recommendation to the RDCK Board in early May. The RDCK Board makes its final decision at its May Board meeting.
- June: The RDCK distributes CIP grant funding.
How to Make a Strong Proposal:
Understand the Goals
The City of Nelson is committed to a sustainable future that includes a productive economy, well-protected environment, healthy citizens, and strong cultural connections. The City has four sustainability pillars; culture, economy, environment and social, which Council targets to fund equally.
The best document to refer to for the City of Nelson’s priority areas is the Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy
Each application should relate to these priority areas and will be considered based on:
- The overall impact of the project to the whole community;
- Whether the project meets the City’s sustainability goals;
- Whether the project addresses current gaps in service;
- Whether events should be wholly subsidized by the City or whether those who are in need should receive the subsidy to attend;
- Whether the project is on-going or one-time.
Projects that align with the City’s goals are favourably viewed in the adjudication process. It may be useful for applications to review City planning documents.
- Active Transportation Plan (PDF)
- Affordable Housing Strategy (PDF)
- City’s Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy (PDF)
- City’s Sustainable Waterfront and Downtown Master Plan (PDF)
- Low Carbon Path to 2040 Community Energy and Emissions Action Plan (PDF)
For projects relating to the Arts, Culture and Heritage sectors, applicants may reference both the Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy and Council’s Comprehensive Cultural Policy.
Applicants are also encouraged to review the Columbia Basin Management Plan Strategic Priorities 2017-2020 Applicants are also encouraged to review the Columbia Basin Management Plan Strategic Priorities 2017-2020 (PDF).
Consider Council Policy
In 2015 Council created a new CBT/CIP Grant Policy to guide the adjudication. Applications are also considered in accordance with Council’s Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program Policy.
Council has set a soft target to fund the City’s four core pillars of sustainability equally: Environment; Social; Culture; and Economy.
How to Apply
Applicants are first required to:
- Applicants are encouraged to carefully read through the application guide and worksheet in advance of submitting a proposal. Please visit the RDCK website for further information regarding the online application system.
- Review the City of Nelson’s Guidelines
- Review Council Policy
- Applicants are urged to consider these key points:
- Community initiatives that will benefit areas outside the City of Nelson must clearly show on the application form what funding has been requested from the other electoral districts.
- Complete and solid supporting financial information is required for all project proposals
- Applicants should show any other funding available for the proposed project.
- Applicants must demonstrate alignment between the project goals and the City’s Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy goals and objectives.
- The end result of any project proposal should not displace higher levels of government funding. This means that the provision of CIP funds to the project should not inadvertently result in higher levels of Government (Provincial or Federal) downloading their responsibilities to Local Government.
After the review, applicants should:
Visit the CIP/AAP page on the Columbia Basin Trust website to access more information and the 2020 Online Project Application Form. Please note, with regard to the online application, applicants are encouraged to carefully read through the Application Guide and the Application Worksheet.
- Provide a 1 to 2-page attachment to the CIP/AAP Project Application Form that illustrates how the proposed project aligns with City of Nelson sustainability strategies, goals and objectives.
- Supply written support from other community organizations if possible.
- Submit application directly to the RDCK, via the ONLINE APPLICATION system (not to the City of Nelson).
CBT Grants Coordinator
Regional District of Central Kootenay
Box 590 - 202 Lakeside Drive
Nelson BC V1L 5R4
City of Nelson
Deputy Corporate Officer
City of Nelson
101-310 Ward Street
Nelson BC V1L 5S4