On November 15, 2008, electors from Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Electoral Areas F and G, the District of Invermere, the Village of Radium Hot Springs and the Village of Canal Flats voted to establish the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). The Service Establishment Bylaw was subsequently adopted by the RDEK Board of Directors. The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the RDEK provides funding for projects that benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats through the CVLCF. The purpose of the CVLCF is to provide local financial support for important projects that will contribute to the conservation of our valuable natural areas; one step towards restoring and preserving a healthy environment. CVLCF funding is available for conservation projects that result in the reduction to a known threat to biodiversity. Projects that are technically sound and effective, and provide value for money through partnerships with other funders will have priority. Proponents must be a registered not-for-profit organization, First Nations band, or local government.