Discover our Grants

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust has multiple granting streams designed to fund a broad range of projects within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. Each granting stream is overseen by its own Advisory Committee comprised of 12-15 local volunteers with interest and expertise relevant to the specific grant. Advisory Committees meet 2-5 times annually to review proposals and make funding recommendations to the CBT Board of Directors. Occasionally, grant applicants may be invited by an Advisory Committee to discuss their idea and application. Interested in joining a committee?

Please remember to check out our general funding guidelines and applicant eligibility criteria.

The current CBT granting streams are:

Arts & Culture Grant

The CBT Arts & Culture Committee has an annual $20,000 discretionary budget which is used to fund small projects throughout the region. Projects will be funded up to a maximum of $5,000.

Funding Timeline
Applications are open: September 1, 2018
Deadline to apply: October 1, 2018
Funding decisions announced: October 2018

Funding Priorities
While the Arts & Culture Committee is open to creative ideas, funding priority will be given to projects that:

  • Foster inter-generational engagement, teaching, and learning;
  • Foster cross-community and/or cross-cultural engagement, teaching, and learning;
  • Build capacity in performing arts;
  • Contribute to language development (Nuu-chah-nulth and other languages);
  • Provide opportunities for people, particularly younger populations, to participate in arts and cultural activities.

Applications can be made online here

Community Development Grant

The CBT Community Development Committee has an annual $25,000 discretionary budget which is used to fund small projects throughout the region. Projects will be funded up to a maximum of $5,000.

Funding Timeline
Applications are open: September 1, 2018
Deadline to apply: October 1, 2018
Funding decisions announced: October 2018

Funding Priorities
Funding priority will be given to projects that contribute to:

  • the development of accessible, inclusive, and sustainable communities;
  • healthy and supportive environments;
  • and a strong and united region.

Applications can be made online here

Youth & Education Grant

The CBT Youth & Education Committee has an annual $25,000 discretionary budget which is used to fund small projects throughout the region. Projects will be funded up to a maximum of $5,000.

Funding Timeline
Applications are open: March 1, 2018
Deadline to apply: April 30, 2018
Funding decisions announced: May 2018

Funding Priorities

Funding priority will be given to projects that:

  • build capacity and provide education/training opportunities for local residents;
  • bring people together across communities;
  • are youth-driven;
  • focus on inter-generational learning and/or teaching.

Applications can be made online here

Research & Environment Grant

The CBT Research & Environment Committee has an annual $20,000 discretionary budget which is used to fund small projects throughout the region. Projects will be funded up to a maximum of $5,000.

Funding Timeline
Applications are open: March 1, 2018
Deadline to apply: April 30, 2018
Funding decisions announced: May 2018

Funding Priorities
Funding priority will be given to projects that:

  • Address key species and ecosystem threats within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve region. For example, the threat of sea star wasting disease, the impact of commercial herring fishery on local marine ecosystem health, knowledge gaps on the threats of finfish aquaculture, the threat of invasive species on local native species diversity.
  • Address a declining trend in target species or ecosystems of ecological and/or cultural importance. For example, keystone species with multiple food chain linkages such as salmon, species of economic importance and/or cultural importance, and/or food security importance, charismatic species that elevate conservation awareness, and species that we feel we have a high stewardship responsibility to protect.
  • Address key threats to Indigenous  ways of knowing about sacred places and important knowledge for  vibrant Nuu-chah-nulth people, culture, and connections to place;
  • Support the spirit and intent of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation and contribute to a specific conservation action that has broad application for mitigating an ecological and/or cultural threat such that system resilience is supported. Conservation action refers to a variety of responses that can mitigate the threat. For example, land or water protection, land or water management/restoration, species monitoring and management, education and policy change, and new modes of governance that support ecological and cultural resilience.

Applications can be made online here

Vital Grants

Vital grants are a stream of partnership funding to address regional priorities and complex challenges that influence sustainability in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. The Vital Grants stream is closed for 2018. These larger grants aim to support meaningful collaboration between organizations, communities, and cultures and must include a minimum of two project partners. Projects must be consistent with the mission of the CBT and meet the funding criteria outlined below. The CBT has $80,000 available in this new funding stream. In this first year of Vital Grants, we anticipate making four or five grants in the range of $15,000 – $20,000. This is the CBT’s sixteenth allocation of funds to support community projects. Maximum grant: $20,000

Download our Vital Grants info page here.

The next Vital Grants application period will commence February 2019.

Biosphere Research Award

The CBT is pleased to invite proposals for a $20,000 award to support research that advances the local understanding of conservation challenges in our marine and/or terrestrial ecosystems and helps us to prioritize conservation actions within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region.

Research Proposals are evaluated based on the following key criteria:

  • Research that addresses key species and ecosystem threats within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region.
  • Research that addresses a trend of degradation on target species or ecosystems of ecological and/or cultural importance.
  • Research that applies to conservation action and can be applied in other areas as well (broad application). Conservation action refers to management responses that can mitigate the threat.
  • Research findings need to be communicated in a public forum of some kind.
  • Research proposals that support the spirit and intent of the UNESCO Biosphere designation.
  • Research that follows local protocols including local First Nations review and compliance with BC Parks research permits.

Eligibility: Organizations must be a registered charity, education institution, or local or First Nation government. Lead Applicants must have completed, or be near completion of, a relevant graduate degree and have a current affiliation with an eligible organization.

Deadline: CLOSED – Next intake Spring 2019

Applications can be made online here

Our 2017 award recipient was chuutsqa Layla Rorick. Learn about her project.
Our 2016 award recipient was Dr. Barb Beasley. Learn about her project.
Our 2015 award recipient was Dr. Jim Darling. Learn about his project.

Specific questions about your research project and eligibility, please contact CBT’s Research Coordinator, Dr. Laura Loucks: 250.725.2219 or laura@clayoquotbiosphere.org

Neighbourhood Small Grants

Neighbourhood Small Grants provide up to $500 for a community project or event that brings people together! Building on the success of the Vancouver Foundation’s program, Neighbourhood Small Grants are based on a simple but powerful idea: when people feel a sense of connection and belonging to their neighbourhood, they are more likely to be engaged in activities that make it a better place to live. When people are active in the life of their neighbourhood, our communities are strengthened from the ground up.

Residents can apply for grants of $50 to $500 for a project in their neighbourhood that shares skills and knowledge among residents, build a sense of community ownership and pride, and respects and celebrates diversity.

Program Goals:

  • Connect and engage neighbourhood residents
  • Build local community capacity to carry out NSG projects
  • Share residents skills and knowledge within the community
  • Build sense of ownership and pride
  • Respect and celebrate diversity
  • Create lasting impact

Funding Timeline: 

Applications are open: September 1, 2018
Deadline to apply: October 15, 2018
Funding decisions announced: Late October 

Applications can be made online here

Check out the previous recipients: 2017  2016  2015