In November 2015, electors from Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Electoral Areas A, D and E, voted to establish the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF). The Service Establishment Bylaw was subsequently adopted by the RDCK Board of Directors. The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the RDCK provides funding for projects that benefit conservation in the rural areas around Kootenay Lake, specifically Electoral Areas A, D, and E within the RDCK through the KLLCF. The purpose of the KLLCF 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. KLLCF 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.