The Columbia Basin Trust has opened the application process for Recreation Infrastructure grants. If you plan to construct or upgrade recreation infrastructure, this program could help support your project.

This three-year, $9-million program focuses on the construction of new, or upgrades to existing, recreational infrastructure in the Basin. The program supports community efforts to create recreational infrastructure that encourages residents to live more active, healthy lifestyles. This includes structures such as backcountry trail networks, swimming pools, ice rinks, curling arenas, sports fields and parks.

Past Projects include Fernie’s Fairy Creek Pedestrian Bridge that was built to provide pedestrian access from Fernie’s downtown core to connect communities and provide access to popular trail networks in the area. CBT supported the pedestrian bridge with a total of $124,700.

Items like these are eligible:
– outdoor and indoor sport and recreation facilities, fields and parks
– trails and greenways
– capital projects that improve active transportation, such as bike lanes and pedestrian bridges
– infrastructure that improves access to physical activity opportunities, such as pool lifts for aquatic facilities.

Who Can Apply
You may apply if you represent a non-profit or public organization, school district, First Nations organization or local government.

How to Apply
Recreation Infrastructure Grants are now open and the deadline for applications is February 1, 2018 2:00p.m. MT.

Please see the Recreation Infrastructure Grant Guidelines

You can start by simply contacting Rick Allen, Manager, Special Initiatives at 1.800.505.8998 or email.

They will discuss your project with you and if your projects is deemed eligible for this program, you will receive an application form via email. This form is not available online.

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