Columbia Basin Trust Arts and Culture Grant Programs
Managed by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance
Please see below a list of questions about funding delivered through CKCA. Also included is information about the common reasons applications are not funded, as well as tips on how to make your application stronger.
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- When is funding available?
- I have an idea for an arts and culture project – how do I know if it is eligible for CKCA funding?
- I have read the funding brochure and I am not sure which program my project idea fits into.
- Do I have to be a resident within a certain geographical area to apply for CKCA funding?
- How do I apply for funding?
- How do I submit and application?
- For Arts Funding to Communities, can I get an application form that I can fill in on the computer?
- I cannot print an Arts Funding to Communities application form from the website – help!
- Does “not eligible” or “declined” mean my project idea is not good?
- Can I include a capital expense in my project application if CKCA is not funding that aspect of the project?
- Can I include an ineligible activity/expense within my project application if CKCA is not funding that aspect of the project?
- Can I apply to more than one CKCA funding program?
- I received funding last year/a couple of years ago – am I eligible to apply again?
- I received funding for a project last year which is not complete because another source of funding fell through. Can I apply this year for more funds to support this same project?
- I received funding for a project which I have completed; if I want to undertake this same type of project again, is it eligible for funding?
- I have a large scale, multi-year project that extends past the deadline for the program we are eligible within. Is this project not eligible for funding?
- I have a great idea for an art project/event that will be used as a fundraiser for a really worthy cause. Is this eligible for CKCA funding?
- We are a non-profit organization and need funds for ongoing operational expenses. Is this eligible for CKCA funding?
- I want to operate an arts and culture based business. Is this eligible for CKCA funding?
- I am an artist who has an art practice and also operates a business. Am I still eligible to receive funding as an artist for an art project?
- I want to create a brochure (or a website) to market myself or my work. Is this eligible for CKCA funding?
- My arts and culture project has social, environmental, heritage (or other non-arts and cultural themes), is it eligible for CKCA funding?
- Where can I find a full list of ineligible requests?
- How can I improve my chances at writing a great application?
- What are some factors that can make my application appear weaker when compared to others?
- How do I know which arts council to apply to for Arts Funding to Communities? Which is my local arts council?
- What are the funding application deadlines?
- Can I have someone from the CKCA look over my application before I submit it? Once my application is submitted, will someone contact me if there is an error in the application?
- I have something to add to my application, but I already sent it in – help!
- Can I submit my application via e-mail or fax? Can I submit my application using other electronic methods?
- Is the application deadline for Arts Funding to Communities a “postmark” deadline?
- How will I know whether my application has been received?
- Does the CKCA allow deadline extensions?
- How long until I know the outcome of my application?
- How are applications assessed?
- My application was declined – is there an appeal process?
- What are the most common reasons applications are declined funding?
- I followed the advice of CKCA staff and/or thought I did everything right, why didn’t my application receive funding?
- Can I get feedback on my application?
- Can I find out who was approved for CKCA (and/or CBT) funding?
- What are some common reasons CKCA applications are not funded?
When is funding available? Generally, funding is approved on an annual basis by the Columbia Basin Trust. Funding applications are adjudicated once a year for the CKCA funding programs. CKCA funding programs are usually launched towards the end of January, with application deadlines in March to fund projects starting in June of that same year. Funding is not guaranteed; programs, policies, guidelines and eligibility criteria are subject to change until the time the programs are launched.
I have an idea for an arts and culture project – how do I know if it is eligible for CKCA funding? Read the current Columbia Basin Trust Arts & Culture Funding Brochure to decide which program best fits your project idea. To be eligible for CKCA managed grant programs, the primary emphasis of project proposals must be arts and culture. Projects cannot start until June 1 of the year in which you are applying. For further details about specific eligibility requirements, read the current Funding Policies and Guidelines document. This document outlines general policies and guidelines applicable to all CKCA funding programs. Once you have read the policies and guidelines, review the application package for the program you are interested in for information specific to that program. Please be aware that not all project ideas will necessarily be eligible for funding
On the surface, some projects may appear to fit within more than one funding program. Please contact CKCA staff at the office to discuss your project and they can provide further advice in terms of eligibility and which program(s) might best fit your project.Some things staff may need to know to be able to advise you: what the project idea is; who is applying/managing/involved in the project; project start and end dates; size of the budget, general expenses and/or sources of revenues.
Yes. Applicants must be residents of the Columbia Basin Trust region. This area includes all communities within the area roughly bounded by Valemount, Revelstoke, Rossland, Creston, Sparwood, and Golden. See the CBT website for more details.
The majority of CKCA applications are now submitted through an online application portal. Read the Funding web page for details. For online applications, it is advisable to create an account, log in, draft and submit your application well in advance of the deadline as applications will not be accepted past the deadline. If you do not have any access to a computer (for example: public library or a community support organization), please contact the CKCA office at least 10 days prior to the deadline for assistance. It is important to read the Online Application Guide when starting your application. For attachments: save, close and re-open your attachments to check them before uploading to ensure they are not blank or corrupted. Not all attachments can be accepted – there are size and format limitations for uploaded attachments. The only program which still has a paper application is: Arts Funding to Communities.
CKCA paper application forms for Arts Funding to Communities are available in Adobe PDF format on the Funding web page. You can either:
- print off the non-fillable PDF and fill it in by hand. For narrative parts of the application only, such as the outline, it is advisable to write in “please see attached” and attach a typewritten sheet. It is advisable to try printing one well in advance of the deadline (in case you have printing issues).
- save the fillable PDF, open it in Adobe Reader (free software) or Adobe Acrobat and fill it in. *IMPORTANT: If using the Fillable PDF application form, read the following section of the ONLINE APPLICATION GUIDE: “Attachments, Budget Forms” pg 5-8 for fillable PDF instructions before using the form. DO NOT use your browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge etc.) to edit the fillable PDF forms. Save it first, then open and edit in Acrobat or your edits may not save!
If you are clicking on “file” then “print” and the document is not printing (or printing blank), try clicking on the print icon in the upper grey border of the PDF document. If you are still unable to print a form off from the website, please contact the CKCA office (well in advance of the application deadline) and we can either e-mail you an application form, or mail you a paper application form.
Does “not eligible” or “declined” mean my project idea is not good?
No. The CKCA has specific guidelines and eligibility criteria for each program. If a project does not meet the requirements of a specific program, it does not necessarily mean that the project isn’t worthwhile, just that it does not fit within the parameters of CKCA funding. Projects are declined for many reasons: sometimes eligibility issues or technical errors within the application; sometimes the application is not clear in explaining the what, how and why of your project, which may make it less compelling than other applications it is competing against; sometimes the project is not a good fit in terms of the arts and culture focus of the CKCA and/or the program it has been submitted to; sometimes the application is eligible, the project is worthy and the application is strong, but due to demand there were not enough funds available to fund all eligible, worthy projects, so difficult choices have to be made by the adjudicating committee.
Can I include a capital expense in my project application if CKCA is not funding that aspect of the project?
In most programs, projects which include capital expenses/activities are not eligible for funding – in these programs, do not include capital activities within the scope of your project. If you include capital expenses within non-capital projects, the entire project will not be eligible for funding. The only program where capital purchases are allowed isMinor Capital Arts.
Can I include an ineligible activity/expense within my project application if CKCA is not funding that aspect of the project?
No. CKCA will either award or decline funding to the project application as a whole. If you include things which are ineligible within the scope of the project application, the entire application will be considered ineligible. Sometimes groups have a number of separate projects which they are lumping together to create one large project, making the project difficult in terms of eligibility for a number of funders. For example: Our organization wants to renovate a building to create a theatre space, purchase a digital sound board and wireless microphones and create and present a community play. These activities should really be considered three separate projects, which would fit into three separate programs. > Back to Top
Technically yes, but sometimes it is acceptable and sometimes it is not advisable. Some examples:
If you have three clearly separate projects, for example: capital construction, research activities, and an exhibition. Yes. It is acceptable to apply to different programs for different projects such as these.
If you have two activities which are related to one another, but each could stand on its own as a project without the other, for example: you want to record a CD and you want to tour your performance (the CD could be recorded and released on its own, and the tour could occur on its own). Yes, you can separate these activities into separate projects and apply to different programs.
If you have two different project ideas and they fit within the same funding program, technically you can apply but you will be competing against yourself for what can be limited funding. This means that you are leaving it up to the committee to decide which project application they see as the strongest, so if you feel strongly about the importance of one project over the other you could choose to submit the one you feel is the best/most viable project. Although it is possible to have both chosen, and it is acceptable to apply more than once in the same program, it may be unlikely both will be funded depending on the number and quality of the other applications received.
If you have one project, for example: overall expenses for a large festival or construction project, and you are eligible within a funding program, but you want more money than is available to that program, it is not advisable to apply to two programs to “double dip” to increase the CKCA funding available for that same activity.
Be aware that if you submit a number of funding applications within one funding cycle, you should demonstrate the ability to take on the workload you are proposing within the necessary timeframes. In addition, if you have more than one application submitted and one is approved, there is no guarantee the other will also be approved. This means that if one project is dependent on the completion of the other, you accept the risk that the dependent project may be the only one approved.
Yes, you can apply for funding to support a new project, as long as your previous project is either completed, or on track for completion, and your reporting is not in arrears.
I received funding for a project last year which is not complete because another source of funding fell through. Can I apply this year for more funds to support this same project?
No. When the CKCA approved the original application, the contractual agreement awarded a set amount of funds for the activities that were listed in that application. It would be considered “double dipping” to apply for more funding support for the same activity already approved. At this point, you will need to either: find an alternate funding source to replace the funding lost; make a request to the CKCA to propose scaling back the scope of the project based on the changes to the budget; cancel the project.
I received funding for a project which I have completed; if I want to undertake this same type of project again, is it eligible for funding?
Funding is designed to support projects. Funding is not available for regular operating costs or existing deficits. *NEW* The CKCA may consider funding the same type of project again in subsequent years, but this does not guarantee funding for the subsequent year. Applicants must apply again the subsequent year and compete for funding through the regular adjudication process. If the project has a new aspect, new component, or expanded / changed activities which are different in scope from the previously funded project, it is important to state that in your application as it will help the committee in assessing the project.
I have a large scale, multi-year project that extends past the deadline for the program we are eligible within. Is this project not eligible for funding?
Projects which are large in scope may be eligible for funding if it is the kind of project where it can be split into phases: Year 1 – phase 1; Year 2 – phase 2; etc. Each phase would be treated as a separate project and the application should only describe activities and budget which fall within the eligible timeframe for the year the application is being submitted in. Be aware that receiving funding for phase 1 in no way guarantees funding for any phase beyond that. Funding is awarded annually and you must apply for phase 2 again as a separate project. In addition, funding programs, policies and guidelines are subject to change from year to year so even if your activity is eligible this year, this in no way guarantees future eligibility.
I have a great idea for an art project/event that will be used as a fundraiser for a really worthy cause. Is this eligible for CKCA funding?
No, fundraisers are not eligible for funding. Project budgets must balance, which means that no funds should be left over as a profit to be used for another purpose. Only project expenses associated with the project application are eligible for CKCA funding support, so even if you add the fundraising recipient as a budget expense to force the budget to balance, this will still make the project ineligible.
We are a non-profit organization and need funds for ongoing operational expenses. Is this eligible for CKCA funding?
No. CKCA funding is project based: A project is a planned activity (or group of activities) which has a defined budget, undertaken over a specific time period (with a start and end date), and is meant to achieve an intentional purpose/outcome, of which the primary focus must be arts and culture. This means the CKCA will not fund ongoing general operational expenses, only expenses attached to a specific project.
No. CKCA funding is project based: A project is a planned activity (or group of activities) which has a defined budget, undertaken over a specific time period (with a start and end date), and is meant to achieve an intentional purpose/outcome, of which the primary focus must be arts and culture. This means the CKCA will not fund ongoing operational expenses, only expenses attached to a specific project. Additionally, the project must have a reasonable and realistic budget which cannot break even without the CKCA funding. By their very nature, budgets for business operations should be projecting a profit. Projects which are considered eligible for funding are those which are projecting a shortfall (without the CKCA funding) which would prevent the project from occurring. The CKCA funds would then cover the shortfall so the project may happen on a break even basis. In general, the CKCA focus is on supporting artists or community based arts and cultural organizations.
I am an artist who has an art practice and also operates a business. Am I still eligible to receive funding as an artist for an art project?
Yes, as long as the art project meets the goals of the CKCA, is actually a project (as defined in the question above) and is not commercial enough to break even (or generate a profit) within the scope of the project. Please note: any artistic or cultural commercial projects must contain original creative works and the projected proceeds of sales/admissions must be included in the budget as a source of revenue. For example: sale of books, CD’s, prints; admissions from theatrical or musical performances.
I want to create a brochure (or a website) to market myself or my work. Is this eligible for CKCA funding?
No. The CKCA will only fund the development and production of marketing, advertising and promotional materials as part of a larger arts and culture project, not as a stand-alone project. This means that if you have a project which is eligible for funding (for example creating a body of work for exhibition, recording/touring a CD, publishing/touring a book, creating/touring a theatre production) as part of that project you may promote/market the work being exhibited/toured/presented to the public so there is an audience for your funded art project.
My arts and culture project has social, environmental, heritage (or other non-arts and cultural themes), is it eligible for CKCA funding?
To be eligible for funding, the primary emphasis of project proposals must be on arts and culture. Art therapy projects or projects of a primarily social nature are not eligible. The Columbia Basin Trust has other funding programs available for social issues, economic development, the environment, water and youth. Proposals that are not primarily focused on arts and culture activities should investigate other Trust funding programs. This does not guarantee there is another program where your idea will be eligible. To determine if your project is primarily arts and culture, or (for example) environmental, it might help to consider what is your primary intention for creating this project? Why did you decide to do this project and what is the main goal you want your project to achieve? Is the main goal an arts and cultural goal? For example: I am concerned about waste in my community and how it is impacting the environment. I want to educate people about this issue so more people in my community will recycle, which will reduce waste. I decide the best way to educate the public would be by using art as a vehicle to get this message across, so I can create a positive environmental impact in my community. CKCA would consider this primarily an environmental project, based on the primary goal of environmental education for the purpose of waste reduction.
Please see the current Primary Funding Policies and Guidelines document for a full list of ineligible requests.
- Read the CKCA Primary Funding Policies and Guidelines carefully.
- Note that different funders have different instructions – it is important to follow the CKCA guidelines.
- Start applications earlier so you are not rushed.
- Take care when completing the application questions – answer the key points but be succinct (explain who, what, how, where, when and why).
- Use the checklist on the last page of the application to double check your work.
- Ask someone to read through your application – if they are unclear or confused about what you are doing or why it is important, the committee probably will be too.
- Add up your final budget, or ask someone else to double check it – it is very easy to transpose numbers when copying from a rough draft onto your final copy, which can make your budget not balance properly.
- Contact staff so they can advise you (especially when it is recommended in the program package).
- Consider attending one of the CKCA grant workshops.
- Submit applications earlier, so staff can contact you about potential issues (although staff are not responsible for proofing your applications or notifying you of errors, if applications are submitted early they will endeavor to check them for technical errors and contact you before the application deadline)
- Asking for a very large proportion of the funds available in a program, without looking for any other sources of revenue.
- Failing to convey a clear view of what you are intending to do – committee members need to understand what you are doing to believe in the viability of the project.
- Failing to convey clearly why this project is important in terms of arts and culture impacts (on you, your organization, or the community) – if a number of projects are similar, this information can make an application stand out.
- Failing to provide some meaningful information on key participants or contractors who you plan to pay significant amounts to deliver the project.
- Failing to include cost estimates or quotes for larger capital expenses
What if I have other questions about my application? Read through the funding brochure, primary policies and guidelines, and the application package for the program you are interested in. If you still have any questions please call or e-mail the CKCA office well in advance of the funding deadline dates. Depending on to the volume of inquiries received, staff may not be able to return your call / e-mail immediately. If you want to visit the office for advice, you must make an appointment in advance. Phone: 250-505-5505 Toll Free: 1-877-505-7355 E-mail: [email protected] Applicants are solely responsible for the contents of their applications. Although CKCA staff are available to provide clarification on policies and guidelines, , flag possible technical errors and can provide advice in regards to what makes (in general terms) a stronger application, the applicant is responsible for choosing which program to apply to and the contents of their application. Receiving advice from CKCA staff in no way guarantees approval of any application, nor guarantees your application is free of errors or issues which could affect eligibility. All funding decisions are made by the CKCA Steering Committee.
How do I know which arts council to apply to for Arts Funding to Communities? Which is my local arts council? Normally you apply to your local community arts council (the one which has jurisdiction over your community for the purposes of CKCA funding). Possible exceptions might be:
if your project will take place in and/or benefit a different community (for example: a mural in a different town). If this is the case, you can apply to the arts council in that community, and your application should be sent directly to the arts council in the community you are applying to.
if your project directly engages community members in a number of different communities (for example: community film workshops being delivered in three different communities). If this is the case, you can apply to the arts councils in all three communities, and each of the three applications should be sent directly to the arts council in the community you are applying to. The budget must show the CKCA funding request you are making from all three arts councils (use the “other revenues” lines for the additional requests and list “CKCA funding – arts councils name” next to each amount on the line provided.A list of arts councils and their CKCA funding jurisdiction is available on the CKCA website: www.basinculture.com/arts-councils or you can call / e-mail the CKCA office for guidance.
What are the funding application deadlines? Application deadlines differ depending on the program you are applying to. Deadlines can be found either in the current Arts & Culture Funding Programs Brochure or on the basinculture.com/funding page.
Can I have someone from the CKCA look over my application before I submit it? Once my application is submitted, will someone contact me if there is an error in the application? Upon request, and well in advance of the deadline dates, CKCA staff will endeavor to check applications for technical errors. Contact the office to arrange sending in a copy of your draft application for review and comment. For online applications, you can have the system e-mail you a draft copy of your application for review. Additionally, if you submit your application well in advance of the deadline, this gives staff an opportunity to contact you about potential technical errors they may catch. If time allows, staff will endeavor to check applications for technical errors and contact you before the application deadline. CKCA cannot accept changes to applications past the submission deadline.. Be advised that these are services provided to assist applicants, but that these services are not guaranteed and staff are not in any way responsible for proofing applications, correcting errors, nor notifying applicants of errors. Receiving advice from CKCA staff in no way guarantees approval of any application, nor guarantees your application is free of errors or issues which could affect eligibility. All funding decisions are made by the CKCA Steering Committee.
I have something to add to my application, but I already sent it in – help!
If the application has been submitted and you need to add/change something, this is only possible if it is prior to the application deadline. Please contact the CKCA office, or if it is an Arts Funding to Communities application, contact the arts council you sent it to. It is solely the applicant’s responsibility to submit a complete application. Staff will endeavor to assist applicants who need to add/change documents, but are not responsible if documents sent after the original application is submitted are not received, are not attached to the application, or if your electronically submitted attachments are blank when opened. Save, close and re-open your documents to check them before uploading. Not all attachments can be accepted – there are size and format limitations for uploaded attachments. Details are in the Online Application Portal Guide. If you contact the office very close to a deadline date it may not be possible for staff to be available to assist you before the deadline. No changes can be made to applications past the deadline.
Can I submit my application via e-mail or fax? Can I submit my application using other electronic methods?
E-mail or faxed applications will not be accepted for funding. CKCA no longer has a fax number.
No. All application deadlines are “received by” deadlines. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted for funding, regardless for the reason for the late submission (for example: mail delay, website or internet service outage to access forms).
Online applicationsSUBMITTED successfully will receive a confirmation e-mail. If you do NOT receive a confirmation e-mail that the application was SUBMITTED, then the CKCA has not received it. DRAFT online applications cannot be seen by the CKCA and will not be considered for funding, so ensure you SUBMIT the application well in advance of the funding deadline. Add [email protected] to your safe senders list to ensure you receive all system communications. More details are in the Online Application Portal Guide. Arts Funding to Communities applications: if you want confirmation that your paper application has been received by the arts council, you should use a traceable method of delivery and contact the carrier to confirm delivery. Due to the volume of inquiries received around the deadline dates, CKCA and / or arts council staff / volunteers will probably not be able to confirm receipt of your application upon request.
No. CKCA does not allow deadline extensions, regardless of the reason for the late submission (for example: mail delay, website or application portal unavailable, internet service outage, power outage, computer issues). Applications and supporting documents must be submitted prior to the appropriate funding deadline. All deadline dates are received by deadlines. Applicants assume the entire risk that the complete application is received by the addressee before the deadline. CKCA assumes no risk or responsibility that any application will be received by the deadline, even if the applicant uses a method suggested by the CKCA for delivery, or uses the online application portal provided by the CKCA.
How long until I know the outcome of my application?
Adjudication results will be mailed or e-mailed to applicants in June (or possibly July, depending on COVID meeting adaptations and the volume of applications being processed). Do not ask your local arts council or the CKCA for early adjudication results. Your results may not be sent until the first or second week of June. Applicants assume the entire risk of the timing of their project. If the project occurs in early June it is possible you may not receive the results until your project is underway. CKCA assumes no risk or responsibility of any impacts on your project due to the timing of receipt of adjudication results.
Applications are reviewed once a year through a competitive, subjective adjudication process. Adjudicators receive application packages and guidelines prior to the meeting, then meet as a group to adjudicate the applications in accordance with program policies and guidelines as well as conflict of interest policies. Arts Funding to Communities applications are adjudicated locally and their recommendations are sent to the CKCA Steering Committee for final adjudication. The rest of the CKCA funding programs are adjudicated directly by the CKCA Steering Committee.
No, the decisions of the Steering Committee are final.
I followed the advice of CKCA staff and/or thought I did everything right, why didn’t my application receive funding?
Funding is limited, so even if all applications have no technical errors and are equally worthy of funding, many programs are oversubscribed. As a result, sometimes eligible, worthy applications may not be awarded funding. Applications are reviewed through a competitive, subjective adjudication process. This means that applications are not only reviewed in accordance with program policies and guidelines as well as conflict of interest policies, but are also assessed comparatively. The number and quality of applications received can never be predicted, so if you were not successful this time with an eligible activity, please request feedback and consider applying again in the future.
After receiving your results, you can contact the CKCA office to schedule a telephone appointment to receive feedback on your application. It is best to request feedback within 2-3 months after the adjudication. Feedback regarding your application is a service provided to assist you in future with the application process. It is not intended as an opportunity for applicants to dispute the decision made. Bullying or abusive behaviors directed towards staff or volunteers will not be tolerated. Please respect that funding decisions will not be overturned.
Yes. Projects approved for CKCA funding are listed (by year) on the CKCA website under Funded Projects. This process is not instant – there is usually some delay between when applicants are notified of results and the updating of the website. In addition, the Columbia Basin Trust has an online searchable database of projects approved for funding for all Trust funding, including that which is administered by CKCA. The CBT website is ourtrust.org
- The project does not have a primary focus on arts and culture.
- Your organization does not have a primary focus on arts and culture in a program which requires it.
- Your organization does not have non-profit status in a program which requires it.
- The project includes a for-credit education component or a school related activity.
- Questions on the form are not answered, or not answered clearly.
- One of the intentions is to raise funds for activities or a purpose outside of the project.
- The project description and/or budget includes other ineligible activities (not listed above).
- The budget is incomplete or unbalanced.
- The budget contains extra information (brackets, subtractions etc.) which makes it confusing or makes it appear not to balance.
- In kind donations are not listed as both revenues (the amount of the donation) and expenses (what the item would cost).
- The budget includes capital purchases in applications to programs where capital expenditures are not allowed.
My grant was approved – what next? Read the entire acceptance package. Follow the directions in the package. You are required to sign a contract and adhere to the terms of the contract until the project is complete. It is your responsibility to keep track of your own documents and records. Create a file folder and save your documents in a place where you will be able to find them again later. It is important to keep all of your grant records together in one place (including associated invoices and receipts) in case of audit and so you can review the contract and grant requirements to make sure you are in compliance. > Back to Top
When should I submit the required documents? In general, required documents should be submitted as follows:
Funding Agreement / Contract: if your start date is June 1, sign and submit the contract immediately. If the start date is later than June 1, then return it 4-6 weeks before the start of the project.
Installment request form (if applicable): 4-6 weeks before the payment schedule date (this is usually part way though the grant – earlier submissions will not be accepted)
Final Report: as soon as the project is complete, and no later than the final reporting deadline for your project.
I can’t find my paperwork! If you applied online, the documents were e-mailed to you. Search your e-mail before contacting the office. If you applied using a paper application you received paper documents. Please spend some time looking through your files before contacting the office. If you really cannot find your documents, CKCA staff can locate copies of your documents, but this may take some time as our staff time is limited.
What is the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), what does it do?
The Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) administers and manages arts and culture grant programs for the Columbia Basin Trust. This funding provides grants to individuals as well as arts and cultural organizations and includes all arts disciplines (visual art, theatre, music, dance, media, literary and inter-arts), and cultural projects such as traditional practices and language preservation. Working with community arts councils, individual artists, performers, arts and cultural workers and organizations, the goal of the CKCA arts and culture grant programs is to help build long-term sustainability for artists and to strengthen and support arts and cultural organizations. Based in Nelson, BC, the CKCA has a staff of two arts and cultural professionals to assist you. The CKCA is guided by a Steering Committee of 12 volunteers from around the Columbia Basin, elected for two year terms. For more information see the About page.