This is an update regarding COVID-19 global pandemic impacts on the Columbia Basin Trust arts and cultural funding programs, managed by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.

COVID-19 is having significant impacts, locally and globally, with sweeping changes to our daily lives and communities. We appreciate that changing regulations and uncertainty with timelines may have significant impacts on arts and cultural projects, especially those that require travel, people working together, or have public engagement as a component of their grant activities. It is imperative that we all comply with government directives and regulations to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

CKCA funding cannot be used for any activities that contravene government guidelines and regulations. As a result, we will be flexible with project completion and reporting timelines, and recognize that some project activities may have to change. We are committed to working with funding recipients to find solutions in response to this crisis.

If you have an approved CKCA grant which is:

If you applied for CKCA 2020/21 funding in March:
The CKCA is continuing with processing the current funding intake. As outlined above, once projects are approved the CKCA will be flexible in working with grantees regarding completion and reporting deadlines as well as project changes in response to COVID-19 protocols. As a result of coordinating offsite staffing and remote adjudication in response to COVID-19, we anticipate 2020-21 funding approvals will be released later in June.

Columbia Basin Culture Tour
The latest information about the status of the Columbia Basin Culture Tour is available on the website

Resources and Funding Information
Please visit to access COVID-19 resources for artists, cultural workers and organizations, including risk assessment for event planning and online tools to report losses to let governments know the impacts and the needs of the cultural community. For the latest news, visit the Kootenay Arts E-bulletin:
CKCA staff and Steering Committee hope you are remaining healthy and safe during the COVID-19 global pandemic, and wish you all the best during these times of uncertainty.

Warm regards (from a distance),
Krista Patterson
Executive Director