Three grant deadlines are fast approaching for organizations in the Columbia Basin.

Community-based projects that aim to reduce human impact on local and regional ecosystems can receive money via the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT)’s Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP).

Applicants must be a community organization, society or business within the Basin area, and applications for large grants ($10,000 to $50,000) must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. MDT on Friday, October 26. Small grants (less than $10,000) can be submitted throughout the year.

CBT’s Columbia Basin Youth Grants support projects that involve youth at all stages of project development and benefit them through youth capacity-building and leadership. Eligible applicants need to be, or be sponsored by, a school district, local government, First Nation band or a registered non-profit organization.

The deadline for applications for these grants is Monday, October 29.

Local non-profit organizations looking to grow can apply for grants through the enp-BC (enterprising non-profits) grant program, which endeavours to support non-profit business ventures by funding planning and/or research activities.

The enp-BC program provides matching grants up to $10,000 to between 50 and 75 organizations each year. Fall 2012 applications are due Thursday, November 15.

Application guidelines and requirements for all three programs can be found on the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) website at under Programs & Funding Information.