CBT to boost recreation projects with $9M over three years

Recreation Infrastructure Grants are offering $3 million per year over the next three years to help groups and organizations.

A new program added to Columbia Basin Trust’s (CBT) granting cycle is welcoming news for communities in the Basin.

Recreation Infrastructure Grants are offering $3 million per year over the next three years to help groups and organizations with construction of new recreation projects or upgrades existing infrastructure.

The funds are earmarked for improvements to structures and spaces like back country trail networks, swimming pools, ice rinks, curling arenas, sports fields and parks.

Groups can receive up to 70 per cent of project costs to a maximum of $500,000. CBT maintains investing in recreation encourages residents to live active and healthy lifestyles, as well as supports tourism in the region.

“Residents have told us that recreation and physical activity are important to them both in terms of lifestyle and health,” says Neil Muth, CBT president and chief executive officer. “We’re pleased we can quickly address their needs and wishes by acting on this priority. Substantial support like this will help create significant benefits in communities.”

Applications are open for the first intake now until March 14. To learn more about CBT’s programs, visit cbt.org.