Website shows area funding choices

Residents of the Columbia Valley now have a new way to access information about the Columbia Valley Community Directed Funds (CVCDF) Program and the funding process for projects.

“The Community Directed Funds program in the Columbia Valley was the first such program in the Regional District,” explained Wendy Booth, Chair of the Columbia Valley Community Directed Funds Committee.

To that end, the RDEK website has a new page dedicated to the CVCDF Program. There you will find a copy of the Community Priorities Plan, background information about the program, and information about how to present funding proposals to the Committee.

To date, the Program has allocated over $160,000 to a variety of organizations in the Columbia Valley. One project supported by the Committee, a $26,000 grant to the Family Resource Centre for a housing needs assessment in the Columbia Valley, helped secure $1.5million in funding for an 18- unit affordable housing project in Invermere.

The Committee, made up of five local elected officials and five members of the public, is a standing committee of the Regional District of East Kootenay and responsible for the CVCDF Program. The RDEK gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Columbia Basin Trust which supports efforts and ideas of the people of the Columbia Basin. More information about the Program can be found on the RDEK website at

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