Grant Opportunities

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust has four streams of grant funding:

The CBT also provided a special round of grants in 2017 from the:

There are 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 has 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 are asked to attend a committee meeting to present their request and to answer questions from committee members.

Youth Social Connectedness

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.

Get the application form

Need help?
General application or process inquiries, please contact Faye Missar, the CBT Program Coordinator : 250-266-2434 or

Call for Projects

The CBT is a community foundation that works on behalf of the entire Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Region. Our annual ‘Call for Projects’ provides grants to local organizations and communities that respond to regional needs and have long-lasting impacts in four areas: healthy communities, culture and events, youth and education, and research and environment. There is $60,000 available for local projects. The maximum grant for each project is $8,000, with no multi-year funding.

Eligibility: Recipients must be a registered charity, education institution, or local or First Nation government. If you have a project that you believe meets the CBT’s mandate but are not an eligible organization, please contact us to discuss your project.

Get the Guidelines and Application form

Deadline: CLOSED deadline was February 20th, 2017
Grant Announcements: early April 2017

Need help?

Contact the CBT at 250-725-2219 or
Find 2015 past grant recipients here and 2016 recipients here.

Biosphere Research Award 

The CBT is pleased to have provided two awards of $20,000 each to support research within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve 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.

Get the Guidelines and Application form

Deadline: CLOSED deadline was April 17, 2017
Award Announcement: June 2017

Congratulations to our 2016 award recipient, Dr. Barb Beasley. Learn about her project.

Our 2015 award recipient was Dr. Jim Darling. Learn about his project.

Need help?
General application or process inquiries:

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

Discretionary Funding

Applications are open for 2017. Please contact the CBT about your idea prior to submitting an application.

Each of the  Advisory Committees to the CBT Board of Directors also has a Discretionary Fund that can be used for smaller projects. There is no deadline for applications, but funds are limited. Currently, only the Research & Environment Committee have funds remaining for 2017. 
You can review the application here. We suggest you contact staff prior to completing your application to ensure eligibility and available funding. Please allow up to eight weeks for your request to be processed.

Neighbourhood Small Grants


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 deadline was October 15, 2017
Recipients Announcement: November 2017

Check out the 2015 recipients here and 2016 recipients here


Canada 150 Fund

Community Foundations from coast to coast are participating in granting thousands of projects that connect communities, creates spaces for healing and reconciling, and leave a lasting legacy of Canada’s sesquicentennial.
The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, and matched and delivered locally by Canada’s 191 community foundations.
Learn more Community Foundations of Canada – Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

Deadline: CLOSED deadline was February 20th, 2017
Grant Announcements: May 2017

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