Last year, we reached out to local organizations, our volunteers, and other funders in our region to gather feedback on CBT granting. We heard lots of appreciation for our programs and flexible approach to granting. We also heard the need to clarify some of our criteria and processes. But above all of that one comment stood out. As one grantee simply stated, “small grants make it difficult to address larger issues.”
With this in mind, we have created Vital Grants – a new stream of partnership funding to address regional priorities and complex challenges. We’re accepting applications that positively address all aspects of sustainability – cultural, social, economic, and environmental – in order to achieve the vision of the CBT. We’re accepting applications in our new online grant system until March 5. We look forward to announcing the first round of Vital Grants in May as we work with local organizations and communities to fulfil the mandate of the UNESCO Biosphere designation.
– Rebecca Hurwitz, Executive Director
The CBT is pleased to provide award 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 help us to prioritize conservation actions. The CBT offers one $20,000 award this year. Applications can now be made online here. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2018.
To learn more about the Biosphere Research Award check out our website.
We’re excited to be participating in a national conservation project with other Canadian biosphere reserves (BRs). The Canadian Biosphere Reserve Association (CBRA) has received funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada to assess how UNESCO BRs could qualify as Other Effective Conservation Measures (OECMs) with the goal of contributing to Canada’s Biodiversity Target 1.
CBT board and staff will be participating in a project kick-off meeting in Ottawa later this month and look forward to working with other Canadian BRs to demonstrate the value of UNESCO BRs over the next three years!
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) – who operates under the authority of the Canada Council of Arts – helps to bring people together by building inclusive communities, encouraging innovation and protecting our Canadian heritage and the biosphere. To do so, the Commission facilitates cooperation in the fields of education, culture, science, information and communication to address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today.
To learn more about the CCUNESCO, the Biosphere Reserves Network and how you can get involved, visit their (brand new) website.
LIRN BC is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities.The program encourages local government, provincial, federal, First Nations, non-governmental organizations and business to work together to plan, deliver and evaluate a locally relevant learning initiative.
LIRN BC offers support with event planning and workshop, and bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 23, 2018, at 5:00 pm. More info about the program here.
The West Coast NEST is hosting a two, half-day workshops in Board Development Training for board and committee chairs, as well as board members, organizational staff and volunteers on March 2, 2018. Register for one or both workshops and join us for lunch, offered by the Long Beach Lodge Resort.
The Tofino Community Food Initiative is hosting the annual West Coast Seedy Saturday! This day-long event includes a seed swap, farm and gardens vendors, workshops and kids activities. Everything you need to start your garden! Learn more about this amazing day of food and fun at the Tofino Botanical Gardens here.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
1 pm – 5 pm
Thursday, May 24, 2018
1 pm – 4 pm
Area C, Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
We are hosting information sessions about Vital Grants – our new stream of partnership funding – across the region.
Join us and you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about this new funding stream, project’s eligibility and how to apply.
If you have any question, contact us by dropping by our office at 316 Main St (Tofino), calling us at 250-725-2219 or sending an email to email@example.com
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.
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!
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.
Drew Ryan, Wickaninnish Community School and Samantha Fyleris of the Parents Advisory Council accepted the first $750 disbursement.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, February 8th, 2018
2 pm – 4 pm
CBT is a registered charity. Your donation helps fund programs to conduct biosphere research, provide education, and support healthy communities.
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, Fall 2017
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
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
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
Teaching culture and traditions to young people
Darlene Dick and Carol Thomas
Ahousaht, November 14th, 2017 to January 14th 2018
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org