Columbia Basin Trust is offering an exciting opportunity to Basin residents: to volunteer on its Environment Grants Evaluation Committee. Members will serve a three-year term and will review environment grant applications and make funding recommendations. For more information and to apply by July 25, visit cbt.org/egevaluation.
While the Trust has always relied on a group of environmental experts from the Basin, it is now creating a new committee structure that will include more community input. This approach will ensure that project funding decisions are based on a balance of technical and community input from Basin residents.
The revision is one of several changes being made to the Environment Grants program in response to input received from residents when the Trust was creating its new Environment Strategic Plan 2014 – 2019.
“One of the things we heard when creating our new plan is that people would like to see deeper community involvement in the project evaluation process – so this new committee structure is a response to that feedback,” said Tim Hicks, Columbia Basin Trust, Manager, Water and Environment. “We are looking for applicants from across the region with a range of experience and perspectives – from technical and professional environmental expertise to non-profit, business and industry experience.”
Through its Environment Grants program, the Trust has provided over $5 million during the past 12 years for environmental conservation, restoration, stewardship and education projects across the Basin. Learn more at cbt.org/eg.