In a Dec. 6 media release, the Columbia Basin Trust announced just under $1 million in funding for social projects, including three here in Revelstoke:
Early childhood support, community outreach and food security are some of the themes that stand out in the latest list of social sector projects receiving funding through Columbia Basin Trust’s Social Grants. The Trust recently approved nearly $1 million in funding for 28 projects that address social well-being in the Basin.
“We are committed to improving the social well-being of Basin residents, and our grant program works with the social sector that brings about these positive changes. It’s really quite remarkable the work that these groups take on and how it contributes to the health of all of our communities,” said Liz Gillis, Columbia Basin Trust Manager, Social Initiatives.
Successful Revelstoke projects include:
–Aboriginal Friendship Society of Revelstoke: Create a space and means for community members who identify with the Aboriginal Friendship Society of Revelstoke to access support, share culture and build community awareness.
–Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society: Hire a coordinator to expand the Food Recovery Program, provide nutritional educational resources and support for Revelstoke residents.
–School District 19: Pilot a program that promotes positive mental health and wellness for school aged children through the participation of parents, children and teachers.
The Trust has distributed more than $5 million to improving social well-being in our communities since starting the social grants program in 2012. The Social Grants Evaluation Committee reviews the applications and makes the granting recommendations. The Committee is 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.