Discover our Grants

The CBT offers five streams of grant funding:

  • Vital Grants – New
  • Youth Social Connectedness
  • Biosphere Research Award 
  • Discretionary Funding
  • Neighbourhood Small Grants

The CBT has five volunteer Advisory Committees that review grant requests — Research & Environment, Youth & Education, Community Development, Culture & Events, and the Resident Advisory Committee for Neighbourhood Small Grants. Each Committee is comprised of 12 to 15 volunteers from around the region with interest or expertise in that particular field.  They generally meet 2 to 5 times per year.  Advisory Committees are key players in our granting process; they review proposals and make funding recommendations to the CBT Board of Directors.  Interested in joining a committee?

Please note that for all grants, proponents may be asked to attend a committee meeting to present their request and to answer questions.

Vital Grants – New!

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. 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

Grants can be utilized to:

  • Support teams with well developed timelines of activities and budgets that reflect their
    demonstrated knowledge of what is needed to have a positive impact on an
    identified regional priority or complex sustainability challenge.
  • Support the capacity of an existing or expanding project team to grow a project to new
    communities, schools or geographic areas within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region to
    have a positive impact on an identified regional priority or complex sustainability challenge.

Eligibility: Project teams/organizations who have a clear understanding of the issue they are addressing and a strategy to address the challenge.

To be eligible, a lead organization must be one of the following:

  • a registered charity,
  • a municipality in Canada,
  • a First Nation recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as a public body performing a function of government,
  • an educational institution, or
  • the government of Canada or British Columbia.

Each organization may only be the lead of one Vital Grant application but may be involved as a project partner on other applications.

Deadline: March 5th, 2018, 11:59 pm PST

Applications can be made online here

Find more information about Vital Grants and how to apply here.

Youth Social Connectedness

In partnership with the District of Tofino and BC Healthy Communities (PlanH), West Coast Community Connections Youth Grants offer funding for programs or events that connect youth on the West Coast. There is up to $2000 available for local projects. General application or process inquiries, please contact Faye Missar, the CBT Program Coordinator : 250-266-2434 or

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Biosphere Research Award 

The CBT is pleased to have provided three awards of $20,000 each 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 helps us to prioritize conservation actions.

Research Proposals are evaluated based on the following key criteria:

  1. Research that addresses key species and ecosystem threats within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve region
  2. Research that addresses a trend of degradation on target species or ecosystems of ecological and/or cultural importance
  3. 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
  4. Research findings need to be communicated in a public forum of some kind
  5. Research proposals that support the spirit and intent of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation
  6. 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 current affiliation with an eligible organization.

Deadline: OPEN Deadline April 16th, 2018, 11:59 pm PST

Applications can be made online here

Congratulations to our 2017 award recipient, 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

Discretionary Funding

The Discretionary Funding is divided into 4 distinct categories: Youth & Education, Culture & Events, Community Development and Research & Environment. Each of the Advisory Committees to the CBT Board of Directors also has a an annual $25,000 Discretionary Fund that can be used for smaller projects. There is no deadline for applications, but funds are limited. 

Please contact the CBT about your idea prior to submitting an application, as well as to ensure eligibility and available funding. Please allow up to eight weeks for your request to be processed.

Applications can be made online here

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, builds 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

Deadline: CLOSED Next intake Fall 2018.

Check out the previous recipients: 2017  2016  2015