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CKCA Grants now available + free grant writing workshops

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January 15, 2018

CKCA and the Trust announce 2018-19 programs

Columbia Basin – Artists in all disciplines—as well as arts and culture organizations—are invited to apply for funding through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), which delivers the Arts and Culture Program on behalf of Columbia Basin Trust.
The Trust has a longstanding partnership with CKCA for the delivery of arts and culture programming, as well as representing the interests of the arts and culture community in the region.
“Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen firsthand the positive impact funding has on supporting arts and culture, in particular the many emerging artists in this region who have thrived,” said Laura White, CKCA Chair. “The Trust’s expanded investment in arts and culture through the CKCA will have a significant impact for artists and organizations in the Basin.”
For 2018-19, CKCA is receiving $750,000 from the Trust to directly support arts and culture projects. Funding is available for individuals and groups through the following programs: community arts councils; minor capital arts projects; touring; arts and cultural mentoring / master classes; organizational development; major project arts; artists in education; and a new arts presenting and creation program for organizations. Applications are adjudicated once a year by local arts councils and the CKCA Steering Committee. Funding also supports the development of a regional arts and cultural publication and the popular Columbia Basin Culture Tour, which will occur in August 2018.

“We know the celebration of arts and culture is important to Basin residents and contributes to our quality of life,” said Michelle d’Entremont, Manager, Grants and Programs, Columbia Basin Trust.“CKCA programming offers valuable support and expertise in the arts and culture sector that enriches our communities and supports the successful development of artists.”

Heritage organizations that were previously supported through CKCA programming can now access new programs at the Trust. Built Heritage Grants and Heritage, Museum and Archive Grants support the preservation of built heritage assets and the varied work of heritage organizations. There is also a dedicated heritage planner from Heritage BC available to work with heritage organizations in the Basin. You can learn more about these programs at

Visit, for more information about programs and application procedures. Please note, applications will now be submitted online for most programs. Call CKCA at 250.505.5505 or 1.877.505.7355 for any additional questions.

CKCA applications must be received by March 2 or March 16, 2018, depending on the program.

Over the next three years, the Trust is expanding its support for arts, culture and heritage with $11.6 million. Learn more at

Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about Trust programs and initiatives, or call 1.800.505.8998.


Applications Now Being Accepted

Columbia Basin – Want to learn more about how to apply for arts and culture grants delivered by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance? Attend a free workshop with Krista Patterson, who will share how to apply and what to expect from the application process.

Individuals working in all artistic disciplines as well as arts and cultural organizations residing in the Columbia Basin are invited to attend the workshops.

Columbia Basin Trust’s arts and culture grants are managed and administered by CKCA.

The Trust proudly supports initiatives and projects that highlight Basin arts and culture, and for 2018/19, the arts and culture grant program allocation is $750,000.

Workshops are FREE. Pre-registration is required. Locations, dates and times are as follows:

Revelstoke – Thursday, Feb. 8, 3 – 5 p.m. hosted by the Revelstoke Arts Council Location: Okanagan College – Room #104 – 1401 West 1st Street
Crescent Valley – Saturday Feb. 10, 10 a.m. – 12 noon hosted by the Slocan Valley Arts Council Location: Crescent Valley Hall, 1385 Hwy. 6, Crescent Valley
Fernie – Friday Feb. 23. 5 – 7 p.m.  hosted by the Fernie & District Arts Council Location: The Arts Station – Upstairs Room, 601 1st Avenue, Fernie
Creston – Saturday Feb. 24, 2 – 4 p.m. hosted by the Creston Community Arts Council Location: Creston & District Community Complex, Sunshine Room, 312 – 19th Ave. North, Creston

Online Workshops – Tues. Feb. 13, 9 – 11 a.m. PT | Thurs. Feb. 22, 2 – 4 p.m. PT | Mon. Feb 26, 6 – 8 p.m. PT

TO REGISTER:  Email or call 1-250-505-5505; toll free 1-877-505-7355.

More information, funding policies and program application forms are available online at, or from local community arts councils.

Working with community arts councils, individual artists, performers, writers, and arts and cultural organizations, the goal of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance is to build long-term sustainability for artists and to strengthen and support arts and cultural organizations.


Da-VIN-Ci Paint Night with Lori Joe is back!

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Da-VIN-Ci Paint Night with Lori Joe
Introduction to acrylic painting, lots of fun, social environment
Saturday March 17 | 6:30 pm | $35 + GST (includes all you’ll need to make an incredible work of art, instruction by professional local artist Lori Joe, snacks and a glass of wine) | Members pay less!
Register early (class fills up quickly!) at Centre 64: 250-427-4919 / or online at (check calendar)