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

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Congratulations to the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Research Award recipient!

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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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October Newsletter

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