Improving social our well-being

Half a million dollars is now available for projects in the Columbia Basin.

Half a million dollars is now available for projects in the Columbia Basin that aim to improve the social well-being of Basin communities.

The Columbia Basin Trust is inviting applications for its new Social Grants Program and groups are encourage to apply before the application deadline, which is 4 p.m. on October 12.

“Basin residents work hard to address a range of social issues, from connecting with isolated senior citizens to ensuring young families have access to early childhood development programs,” CBT President and CEO Neil Muth said in a press release. “Through our new Social Grants Program, we’re increasing our support of these efforts, and are excited to see what projects come forward in this first intake.”

For example, eligible projects will address the health and well-being of children, youth, families or seniors; encourage community participation for those individuals and groups otherwise marginalized or excluded due to perceived barriers; and encourage innovation, collaboration and sustainability within the social service sector.

The Social Grants Program is a three-year pilot that will be granting $1 million each year. There will be two intakes per year and the granting decisions will be made by the Social Grants Program Selection Committee — a volunteer group of Basin residents who have experience and expertise in the social sector and community development.

For more information about the Social Grants Program, or to download an application form, visit To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit or call 1-800-505-8998.