COVID-19 Update

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 (CKCA).

Results from the 2020 funding intake have been processed. Results are being sent via e-mail, so make sure to check your junk mail or promotions folder. If you did not supply an e-mail address, your results have been mailed.

COVID-19 continues to impact our province. 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 orders, notices and guidance to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

Because of significant changes to working locations, conditions and logistics in response to COVID-19, we thank you for your continued patience with any delays.

If you have a CKCA grant which is:


If you have not done so already, please submit your Final Report as per the original directions in your acceptance package. If you face any barriers, please e-mail for guidance.


Government Compliance

CKCA funding cannot be used for any activities that contravene government orders, notices or guidance. Because of COVID-19, CKCA 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. This may take additional time.

The BC Restart Plan, gradually allows for more social and economic activity, while closely monitoring health information to minimize the risk to the public. This plan is subject to change. Funding recipients must refer to the latest government information web links below to ensure government compliance while completing their project:

Current government orders and guidance relevant to projects include (but are not limited to):

In addition, in keeping with orders and guidance from the Province of BC and WorkSafeBC , all organizations are required to develop a publicly available COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

WorkSafeBC has also developed resources for different sectors to guide re-opening, including:

Project Changes

Minor adjustments to your plans as a result of COVID-19 that can be accommodated within a generally similar scope and within a similar timeline of the original proposal, do not require approval and should simply be outlined in your Final Report.

Significant changes: If your proposed project plans are not compliant with government COVID-19 protocols, or the COVID-19 protocols are creating significant barriers to completion at this time, you may need to request a project extension, a project change in scope / activities, or both.

Please only contact the CKCA regarding significant project changes such as: substantial changes to key staff, budget, activities, outcomes, if your project involves out-of-province travel, or to extend the project significantly (6 months or more) beyond the original project end date.

Currently, CKCA is recommending a minimum of 6 month extensions, and are also open to alternatives, innovations, or collaborations in presentation, such as using online methods to engage with project participants or community. If taking your project engagement online, you may list your online exhibition or event free on: Kootenay Arts E-bulletin and BC Culture Online to help get the word out.

If, instead of rescheduling or altering your project you prefer to cancel the grant; cancellation is an option, but please note that CKCA is committed to working with funding recipients to ensure that the sector can still access this current funding support wherever possible, rather than cancelling.
To discuss or request a longer extension and / or significant project changes, please email as follows:

Please note: Response times may be slower than usual because of staff working offsite and the volume of inquiries.


Columbia Basin Culture Tour, August 8 & 9

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

Resources and Funding Information

Please visit the CKCA website to access COVID-19 resources and funding information 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.