General Funding Guidelines

As a community foundation, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) provides funding for many of the education, conservation, cultural and scientific projects that take place in the region. If you have a project idea and are seeking financial support, this page is for you.

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is a federally-registered charity. This status comes with stringent guidelines as to how we can distribute funds to organizations and communities. The Canada Revenue Agency determines the types of organizations – known as “qualified donees” – that can receive funding from a federally-registered charity.

To be eligible, an organization must be one of the following:
• a registered charity (not sure? Check the CRA listings here),
• a municipality in Canada,
• a First Nation recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as a public body performing a function of government (“qualified donee”),
• an educational institution, and
• the government of Canada or British Columbia.

The complete information is available on Canada Revenue Agency’s website. Local sports teams and individuals, for example, do not meet the eligibility requirements under Canada Revenue Agency legislation.

The CBT is not able to provide funding to ineligible groups via a flow-through arrangement with qualified donees.

If you have a project that you believe meets the mandate of the CBT and are not an eligible organization, please contact the office to discuss your project.

Projects are evaluated using the following criteria:
• locally-based proponents, activities and community engagement;
• matching resources (preference for 50% cash and/or in-kind contributions);
• respect for local protocols;
• development of local capacity;
• response to an identified need;
• helping to achieve the CBT’s core priorities of Youth and the Biosphere, Healthy Communities, and Biosphere Centre; and
• supporting the spirit and intent of the UNESCO Biosphere designation.

While most grant applications are to fund action-based projects, the CBT will also consider proposals to fund Plans, Strategies, and Analyses that will lead to more informed and organized future action.

The CBT does not fund:
• capital expenses such as computers, office furniture, and lumber (unless they are small expenses and are supplies or equipment for a project);
• on-going operations;
• sports activities,
• fundraisers and fundraising expenses; 
• individuals (see grants for individuals) or for-profit organizations.