Over $750K requested to Golden

Golden & Area A organizations are collectively requesting over $750,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs this year.

By the March 21 deadline, 30 project proposals had been submitted to the Town of Golden’s Community Funds Local Selection Committee (CFLSC). This matches the number of applications received in 2009, down from 41 in 2010. And just like the three previous years, CBT is contributing $268,942.15 towards selected Golden and CSRD Area A community projects.

The range and focus of project proposals are varied, from the Golden Girl Guides application for $1,000 to attend the SOAR 2011 camp in Agassiz, BC, to the Civic Centre Re-development Select Committee’s request for $97,873 towards the technical fit-up of the Civic Centre’s stage.

While the volunteer committee pours over the applications during the coming weeks, the public will have an opportunity to ask questions on April 11 and 12 at the Golden Seniors Centre. On these two evenings, from 6 – 9 p.m., the proponents will present their projects at which time the CFLSC and public will have the chance to ask questions.

According to the policies and guidelines, projects that focus on social, community, arts/culture/heritage, recreation, environmental and economic sustainability issues and improvements are the priority for the program.

After the Public Input Session, the CFLSC will meet again to finalize their funding decisions, with grant announcements expected in late May.

The Golden & District Community Foundation (www.goldencommunityfoundation.ca) is a proud partner of CBT’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs.

The Community Initiatives and Affected Areas programs (CIP/AAP) – CBT’s longest running programs – support projects identified as priorities within individual communities. These programs foster activities that each community deems important, which might not have been undertaken otherwise. For more information about this program visit www.cbt.org/cipaap. CBT delivers economic, social, and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.