February Newsletter!

Last year, we reached out to local organizations, our volunteers, and other funders in our region to gather feedback on CBT granting. We heard lots of appreciation for our programs and flexible approach to granting. We also heard the need to clarify some of our criteria and processes. But above all of that one comment stood out. As one grantee simply stated, “small grants make it difficult to address larger issues.”

With this in mind, we have created Vital Grants – a new stream of partnership funding to address regional priorities and complex challenges. We’re accepting applications that positively address all aspects of sustainability – cultural, social, economic, and environmental – in order to achieve the vision of the CBT. We’re accepting applications in our new online grant system until March 5. We look forward to announcing the first round of Vital Grants in May as we work with local organizations and communities to fulfil the mandate of the UNESCO Biosphere designation.

                                                                        – Rebecca Hurwitz, Executive Director

Biosphere Research Award

The CBT is pleased to provide award to support research within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region that advances our local understanding of conservation challenges in our marine and/or terrestrial ecosystems and help us to prioritize conservation actions. The CBT offers one $20,000 award this year. Applications can now be made online here. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2018.

To learn more about the Biosphere Research Award check out our website.

Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association

We’re excited to be participating in a national conservation project with other Canadian biosphere reserves (BRs). The Canadian Biosphere Reserve Association (CBRA) has received funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada to assess how UNESCO BRs could qualify as Other Effective Conservation Measures (OECMs) with the goal of contributing to Canada’s Biodiversity Target 1.

CBT board and staff will be participating in a project kick-off meeting in Ottawa later this month and look forward to working with other Canadian BRs to demonstrate the value of UNESCO BRs over the next three years!

Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO)

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) – who operates under the authority of the Canada Council of Arts – helps to bring people together by building inclusive communities, encouraging innovation and protecting our Canadian heritage and the biosphere. To do so, the Commission facilitates cooperation in the fields of education, culture, science, information and communication to address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. 

To learn more about the CCUNESCO, the Biosphere Reserves Network and how you can get involved, visit their (brand new) website.

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN)

LIRN BC is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities.The program encourages local government, provincial, federal, First Nations, non-governmental organizations and business to work together to plan, deliver and evaluate a locally relevant learning initiative. 

LIRN BC offers support with event planning and workshop, and bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 23, 2018, at 5:00 pm. More info about the program here.  

Board Development Training

The West Coast NEST is hosting a two, half-day workshops in Board Development Training for board and committee chairs, as well as board members, organizational staff and volunteers on March 2, 2018Register for one or both workshops and join us for lunch, offered by the Long Beach Lodge Resort.

Critical Role of the Board Chair, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and Strategic Conversations, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

West Coast Seedy Saturday

The Tofino Community Food Initiative is hosting the annual West Coast Seedy Saturday! This day-long event includes a seed swap, farm and gardens vendors, workshops and kids activities. Everything you need to start your garden! Learn more about this amazing day of food and fun at the Tofino Botanical Gardens here

Other Grant Opportunities

  • Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest: For this year’s contest, participating classes must engage in a stewardship activity that contributes to the protection of the local environment or presentation of local history or culture. Deadline to apply: February 26, 2018. Find out more here.
  • Co-op Community Spaces Funding: Co-op will award $2 millions to projects across Western Canada in 2018. Individual projects are eligible to apply for between $25,000 and $150,000 in funding. Deadline to apply: March 1, 2018. Learn more here
  • Community Resilience through Arts and Culture Fund: The program supports arts and cultural events, initiatives and projects by and for local communities. Indigenous communities and communities that have experienced hardship may be given funding priority. The grants will range between $2,500-$15,000. Deadline to apply: March 2, 2018. More information here
  • Federal Government Environmental Funding Programs: This year, the government will provide a total of $15 million through seven environmental funding programs to helps Canada address climate change, conserve nature, and protect fresh water. Various deadlines. More information on the criteria and how to apply here

Upcoming CBT Board Meetings

Thursday, April 12, 2018
1 pm – 5 pm

Thursday, May 24, 2018
1 pm – 4 pm
Area C, Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

CBT Vital Grants Information Sessions

We are hosting information sessions about Vital Grants – our new stream of partnership funding – across the region.

Join us and you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about this new funding stream, project’s eligibility and how to apply.

If you have any question, contact us by dropping by our office at 316 Main St (Tofino), calling us at 250-725-2219 or sending an email to grants@clayoquotbiosphere.org

January Newsletter: New Vital Grants and Online Grant System for 2018!

The CBT is pleased to announce Vital Grants – a new stream of partnership funding to address regional priorities and complex challenges that influence sustainability in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region.

The CBT will award $80,000 via this new granting program in 2018. Applications can now be made online here. This funding stream replaces our Call for Projects by offering larger grants of up to $20,000. We anticipate making four or five grants in this first year. 

Visit our Discover our Grants page to learn more about the Vital Grants and how to apply.


Online Grant System 

We are excited to announce our new Online Grant System. This system will improve our funding processes by allowing grantees and staff to track all aspects of our grants via one shared portal. All applications and follow up forms (including final reports) will now be completed on the new system allowing us to go paperless! 

To learn more about our Online Grant System, check out our website and Facebook page

Tofino Children’s Swimming & Water Safety Fund

Following the tragedy of the Leviathan II, a CBT donor identified the need to insure local kids learn to swim to participate safely in everything our backyard has to offer. The anonymous supporter worked with the CBT to create the Tofino Children’s Swimming & Water Safety Fund under our community foundation umbrella with an initial $10,000 donation.

Since 2015, many others have also made donations and you can join them here! These contributions are invested with the CBT’s other endowment funds and the interest will be disbursed directly to Wickaninnish Community School each year to support swimming lessons. In December, a $750 disbursement was presented to the school and we celebrated this inaugural gift! Over time, the school aims to grow the fund through donations to support the full costs of the annual program eliminating the annual fundraising for this program. Learn more about our endowment funds and how to create one here.

IMG_2600  Drew Ryan, Wickaninnish Community School and Samantha Fyleris of the Parents Advisory Council accepted the first $750 disbursement.

NEST_Logo Free, day-long workshop: Research Design 101

In January, the West Coast NEST is hosting a free, day-long workshop – Research Design 101 – that will teach participants how to create data collection tools and protocols for evaluating community programs and services. This workshop is being held in Ucluelet on January 25 and in Tofino on January 26. More information and registration here.

Explore West Coast NEST programs to learn about science, nature, history, language, and Indigenous studies.

Upcoming CBT Events 

Grants Information Session
January – February 2018
We will be hosting workshops about our various grants across the region beginning next week. We will post the schedule on our website and on facebook once the dates are confirmed.

Stay up-to-date and learn more by joining our Facebook page or visit our website.

Other Grant Opportunity

Government of Canada: Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ)
Deadline February 2, 2018
The CSJ is an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program. It provides wage subsidies to employers to create employment for secondary and post-secondary students. Find out the criteria and how to apply here.

Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest
Deadline February 26, 2018
For this year’s contest, participating classes must engage in a stewardship activity that contributes to the protection of the local environment or presentation of local history or culture. Find out more here.

CBT Upcoming Board Meeting

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
2 pm – 4 pm

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2018 Vital Grants: CBT’s New Stream of Partnership Funding

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December Newsletter

Download (December-2017_Newsletter.pdf)

Congratulations to the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Research Award recipient!

Download (2017-CBT-Research-Award-Announcement_Website-1.pdf)

November Newsletter

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Congratulations to the 2017 Neighbourhood Small Grants Recipients!


For a third year, CBT partnered with the Vancouver Foundation and Westcoast Community Resource Society to bring the Neighbourhood Small Grants program to the west coast.

This unique program encourages people to build connections and make their neighbourhood a better place to live. From September 1st to October 15th, 2017, any local resident in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere region could apply for a grant of up to $500 for a project in their neighbourhood that shares skills and knowledge among residents, builds a sense of community ownership and pride, and respects and celebrates diversity.

CBT is proud to announce 23 projects were funded; congrats to the program leaders and keep an eye out for the following events happening near you!

Pumpkins in the Mist II   Complete!
Halloween theme walk in the woods (Wild Pacific Trail)
Shannon Szymczakowski and Katherine Loiselle
Ucluelet, October 29 2017

Community Haunted House & Pumpkin Carving    Complete!
Halloween Haunted House and pumpkin carving at the Ahousaht Youth Centre
Thomas Paul and Marsha Mack
Ahousaht, October 30 2017

Halloween House  Complete!
“Psycho” Circus Train themed Halloween Haunted House
Mandy Oye and Tara Wood
Ucluelet, October 31 2017

Hesquiaht Gathering
Community dinner
Gynette Galligos
Hesquiaht, Fall 2017

Pizza Party
Pizzas making community gathering
Patricia Campbell and Brent Campbell
Ahousaht, Fall 2017

Family Fun Nights
Family fun nights with board games and snacks at the Community Hall
Lisa Sabbas and Louie Sabbas
Hesquiaht, October 2017 to December 2017

Ladies Fitness
Workout training for women of all ages at local gym
Bonita Frank and Sabrina Williams
Ahousaht, October 2017 to January 2018

Tonquin Townhouse’s Concrete Jungle Community Garden
Develop and maintain an edible garden to provide fresh, locally grown food for residents
Erika Greenland and Cindy Hutchison
Tofino, October 16th 2017 to April 15th, 2018

Canoe Carving Kick-Off Celebration 
Canoe carving community project including workshops and a traditional ceremony
Vincent John and Dwayne Martin
Hesquiaht, November 15th 2017

Community Wellness
Exercise classes using language as the anchor for both Elders and Toddlers
Dede Monette and Jennifer Wamil
Hitatsoo, November 2017

Fruit Trees for Yew Wood
Plant apple and fig trees to provide fresh, locally grown fruits for residents
Deddeda White and Leah Austin
Tofino, starting in November 2017

Millstream Mingle and Emergency Preparedness Gathering
BBQ gathering to bring neighbours together and meet new people, and discuss about Emergency Preparedness
Jodeyn Grills and Sarah Hagar
Ucluelet, November to December 2017

Outdoor Ed 12 Community Project
As part of the Outdoor Education program, students will have to “plan and implement ways to reduce potential impacts of outdoor activities on the local environment”
Daniel Soifer and Marcie Callewaert
Ahousaht, November 2017 to January 2018

Cultural Group
Teaching culture and traditions to young people
Darlene Dick and Carol Thomas
Ahousaht, November 14th, 2017 to January 14th 2018

Shawl Making
Shawl making workshops and culture sharing
Marilyn Lucas and Lisa Sabbas
Hesquiaht, November 2017 to February 2018

Hesquiaht Food Initiative
Canning and cooking workshops, and food safe classes
Jeannine Adams and Patrick Charleson
Hesquiaht, November 2017 to March 2018

Beating the Winter Blues
Teaching/sharing classes who promote healthy mental health in a potluck dinner context
Zoë Jordan and Lyndsay Daly
Ucluelet, November 2017 to March 2018

Qwiis mah saup -“Our Ancestor’s Legacy”
Teaching and learning language and history, and ancestor’s songs, in order to preserve traditional culture
Ruth Arlene Paul and Carlene Paul
Ahousaht, November 2017 to May 2018

Wickaninnish Elementary School Buddy Bench
Install a cedar wood bench – carved by local artisan – in the elementary school area in order to promote inclusiveness and acceptance
Samantha Fyleris and Beverly Murdock Counts
Tofino, November 2017 to May 2018

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations 6th Annual Dry New Year’s Eve Party
New Year’s Eve community party with food, games and prizes
Laura Manson
Location to be determined, New Year’s Eve 2017

Repurpose, Repair and Reuse Fabrics
Craft stations that promote techniques to minimize household waste
Kelby Jane Holmes and Veronika Miralles Sanchez
Ucluelet, starting in January 2018

Arnet Block Party
Potluck BBQ party with music and games
Stephanie Elliott and Jacky Challenger
Tofino, April 1st 2017

Ahousaht Hydro Painting Project
Painting public art pieces on hydro poles across the village and help beautify neighbourhoods
Marcie Callewaert and Lisa Thomas
Ahousaht, April to May 2018


More info: Brooke Wood – Neighbourhood Small Grants Program Coordinator –  250-725-2219 or brooke@clayoquotbiosphere.org


Friday November 3, let’s celebrate the Random Act of Kindness Day!

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A new name for the 25 km multi-use trail in Pacific Rim National Park

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