Announcing the 2016 Neighbourhood Small Grant recipients!

Congratulations to the 2016 Neighbourhood Small Grant Recipients!

CBT partnered with the Vancouver Foundation and Westcoast Community Resource Society to bring the Neighbourhood Small Grants program to the west coast for the second time.

Any local resident in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve region could apply for 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 21 projects were funded; congrats to the program leaders and keep an eye out for the following events happening near you!

Community Art Day
Donna Jean Walters and Christine Overvelde
Ucluelet, April 23 2017

Cedar Street Block Party
Dakota Palazzo and Allister Fernie
Tofino, Spring 2017

The Kindergarden
Kori Wechlin and Stephi Munshaw
Ahousaht, begininning November 2016

Hesquiaht Food Preservation 
Jeannnine Adams and Beverly Dorward
Hesquiaht, Nov-Feb 2016

The how to’s of Hydroponic Gardening 
Colin Sadler and Trina Mattson
Tofino, Late 2016

Ahousaht in Bloom
Marcie Callewaert and Marie Donahue
Ahousaht, November 19 2016

Ucluelet First Nation Christmas Feast/Culture Night
Debbie Mundy and Gloria Valentine
Hitacu, December 2016

Maaqtusiis Gymnasium Blessing
Jason Sam and Cedar Wechlin
Ahousaht, November 18 2016

Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness 
Keith Orchiston and Bobby Lax
Tofino, Late 2016

Free Screenwriting Workshop 
Erin McMullin and David Floody
Tofino, November 29-30

Jensen’s Bay Neighbourhood Awareness
Jay Fever and Andy Greig
Tofino, Spring 2017

Hot Springs Cove Winter Community Cafe 
Marilyn Lucas and Alexis Lucas
Hesquiaht, Winter 2016

Hitacu Community Dinner
Jenny Touchie and Lori Touchie
Hitacu, November 6 2016

Yew Wood Block Party
Nyla Attiana and Abbie Macpherson
Tofino, Halloween

Edwards Place Block Party
Ian Riddick and Jesse Arthurs
Ucluelet, February 5 2017

Brothers in Sport: Bridging the Cultural Divide
Cedar Wechlin and Joe McHale
Ucluelet/Ahousaht, December 9- 10 2016

All Nighter
Esther Robinson and Wayne Robinson
Ahousaht, Spring 2017

Grandchild and Grandparent Social
Margariete Timmermans and Drew Ryan
Tofino, Spring 2017

Community Clean-up-Scotch Broom Removal
Nicky Ling and Laura Fossen
Ucluelet, Spring 2017

Ahousaht Youth Program
Michelle Campbell and Ariel Campbell
Ahousaht, Winter 2016

Pumpkins in the Mist-an Enchanted Rainforest Walk Complete!
Shannon Szymczakowski and Katherine Loiselle
Ucluelet, October 30 2016

More info: Brooke Wood, Neighbourhood Small Grants program coordinator 250-725-2219 or

October Newsletter – Vital Signs, Innovation Island, Grant Opportunites

In the October Newsletter

Vital Signs now launched!
Innovation Island Workshop Opportunities
CBT – Canada’s 150 Fund Deadline Oct 15
CBT – Neighbourhood Small Grants Deadline Oct 15
Watch Striking Balance: Clayoquot Sound online
Grant opportunities

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Download (Oct-2016-Newsletter.pdf)

Technology and Business Entrepreneurship Opportunities

Technology and business success go hand in hand!

Accelerate your business success through scientific innovation and technology, or learn new models of business to drive you product or service delivery. Whether you are in business, government, education, or non-profit, this educational series will propel your entrepreneurship! We are pleased to announce the first three in a series of workshops available to west coast residents this winter. This is  unique opportunity as fees for local participants will be covered by a grant from the ACRD.

#1 TECH TALK  – November 3rd, 2-4pm
Learn more or Register
Join us at Tech Talk on November 3rd to hear more about the full series and give your input to the program.

#2 REFRESH YOUR MINIMUM VIABLE PRODUCT  – November 4th, 9am-12pm
Learn more or Register

#3 CUSTOMER DISCOVERY – November 4th, 1-4pm
 Learn more or Register

Learn more about Nanaimo-based Innovation Island or call the CBT for workshop info 250-725-2219







Stay tuned for more opportunities rolling out soon…


Download (West-Coast-Sessions.pdf)



Vital Signs 2016 – a regional perspective


Download Vital Signs 2016!

Vital Signs® is a biennial report by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust that brings together social, cultural, economic, and environmental information to tell a story about the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve region and measure the vitality of our communities.

Who is the CBT’s 2016 Vital Signs® for?

Everyone shown below! Our region includes Hot Springs Cove, Ahousaht, Opitsaht, Esowista/Ty-Histanis, Tofino, Ucluelet, Macoah, Hitacu, and ACRD Area C. As both a biosphere reserve and a community foundation, the CBT believes it is important we work together across communities on issues that affect us all.


Why is it important to have a regional perspective?

1. There is a lot we share as residents of the west coast
Although there are differences between our communities, there is much more that we share. We all face similar challenges due to our rural, remote location. We share our unique west coast environment. People may live in one community and work in another, or kids may go to a different community for school. We have common economic drivers and share health and social services. We shop, play, and have family and friends across the region.

2. Preserving the privacy of small populations
Our communities range from less than 50 residents in the smallest to 2,000 in the largest.  As a guiding principle, the CBT combines information when there is a risk of disclosure due to small population sizes and does not publish direct or indirect identifiers. For reference, Statistics Canada rounds to the nearest 100 people in their community profile reporting. In addition, many small communities do not have the sufficient data to have their own Vital Signs indicators so a regional perspective provides them with a relevant proxy.

3. Setting benchmarks, finding trends
Having common indicators helps us better understand the unique context of the west coast relevant to other places on Vancouver Island, in BC, and in Canada and also allows us to see changes over time.

4. Power in numbers
The information in Vital Signs tells the story of regional health through regular reporting and will help us:

  • increase public awareness and inform residents for better decision-making
  • identify regional priorities for local governments
  • identify areas of success and achievement, information gaps and research priorities

We wouldn’t have the power as individual communities to develop, collect and report on all the data that can be used as a tool like Vital Signs. Together we can accomplish more by sharing our time, funding, and resources.

More about Vital Signs

The CBT is just one in a network of community foundations across Canada that publish Vital Signs reports
Learn more about the Vital Signs national program and read other community reports:
Community Foundations of Canada – Vital Signs
View the ‘Living Wage in a Page’ or get the full report

See our past Vital Signs, 2012 and 2014

Read the CBT’s 2015 Living Wage for our region
A Living Wage for healthy communities

CBT September Newsletter – Telling our community story

In this newsletter:

Invitation to Striking Balance Advance Screening
Community Fund for Canada 150 grants
Neighbourhood Small Grants
Vital Signs launch announcement
Grant opportunities

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Grant Opportunity: Canada 150 Fund

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is joining other Community Foundations across Canada in granting thousands of projects that connect communities, create spaces for healing and reconciling, and leave a lasting legacy of Canada’s 150th celebration in 2017.


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Grant value:
The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust will match a project’s cash or in-kind value up to $5,000

Recipients must be a registered charity, education institution, municipal or First Nations government.

February 20, 2017 4 pm PST

How to apply:

CBT is here to help!
Wondering if your project is eligible? Want help filling out an application? Drop by our Tofino office at 316 Main St, or give us a  call at 250.725.2219

What projects are eligible?

Eligible projects must be based in Canada, must be connected to Canada’s 150th, and must work towards the Fund’s objectives:

BUILD vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including indigenous peoples, groups that reflect our pluralism, official language minorities, and youth.
INSPIRE a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our communities and our country
ENCOURAGE participation in community initiatives, activities and events to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Projects must commit to performing funded activities and expenditures between the date that the grant is approved and before January 31, 2018.

These projects are ineligible:

  • Major infrastructure projects
  • Regular / annual events that are not connected to Canada’s 150th (ie. an annual music fest, an annual town fair).
  • Projects related to political activities or lobbying
  • Projects that are designed for fundraising purposes
  • Projects that are already funded in whole or in part by the Government of Canada

Who can apply?

Eligible qualified donees include: registered charities; registered Canadian amateur athletic associations; registered housing corporations residing in Canada constituted exclusively to provide low-cost housing for the aged; registered Canadian municipalities; registered municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada.
If you are not a qualified donee, you are welcome to work with one to make an application. In the case of such a collaboration, the qualified donee would submit an application on behalf of the collaborating partners.
Please note that the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, the Crown, and the United Nations are ineligible to receive support from the Fund.

How much can I apply for? What is the matching requirement?

Up to $5,000 is available for request. Please note that regardless of the size of the grant requested, eligible projects are required to match the grant requested, through cash or in-kind contributions equal to the value of the grant. For example, an applicant that requests a $2,000 grant will be required to come to the table with an additional contribution of $2,000, in cash or in-kind. In-kind contributions may include volunteer hours, donated space or equipment, professional services, or other contributions to the project, valued at a reasonable market rate.

How do I apply?

All applications require three parts, these templates can help you prepare:

  • Application form. A preview of the questions are here
  • Project budget. The budget template is available here
  • ‘Other Contributions (Matching)’ form. This confirm the sources of your project’s matching contributions, whether in cash and/or in-kind. A preview is here

Once you are ready to apply, head to

  • Choose ‘Create an application’ (Your community foundation is the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust)
  • You will need to sign up for for an account to start an application
  • Start your application! You can save as you go along and return later.
  • Remember to choose ‘Clayoquot Biosphere Trust’ as your community foundation



 This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

CBT Summer Newsletter – connecting communities

In the August newsletter:

CBT Grant Announcements
Neighbourhood Small Grants and Canada150
Leadership Vancouver Island
Coming soon.. West Coast NEST
New Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ and Royal Roads Biosphere Course Launched
Lisa’s CBT Summer Bucket List
Grant Opportunities

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View newsletter online

Download (CBT-August-Newsletter-2016.pdf)

Lisa’s Summer Bucket List – It’s Crunch Time!

IMG_5390Summer has flown by and there are just three weeks until September arrives and I am done my position at the CBT. So far, the summer has been very busy but I have been able to check off almost half of the activities I had on my summer bucket list. Luckily, there are a few weeks left until the summer winds down so there is still time to squeeze in some last activities and festivals! In case you are in search of something to do on the west coast this August, I would recommend (and am also going to make my priority) the following:

  • Pick wild berries (blackberries, salal berries, huckleberries) and make jam or pie
  • Attend Otalith Music festival this upcoming weekend
  • Volunteer with a local organization such as TUCG, RES, or CWFS
  • Go to the Carving on the Edge festival from September 10th -21st
  • Forage for or catch your own food
  • Volunteer at one of the beach clean-ups in Pacific Rim National Park on August 21st, 27th, or 28th
  • Learn how to introduce yourself in a local First Nations language
  • Attend a local speaker or event

Good luck!


  • Participate in a local cultural event
  • Aid with research projects at the Sydney Inlet research cabin
  • Visit all of the communities in the Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve
  • Learn how to identify wildlife tracks from wolves, bears, deer and cougars
  • Engage students with the 2016 Youth Survey by visiting the high schools
  • Harvest and eat seaweed
  • Go to the Saturday market
  • Attend Ukee Days
  • Catch and eat a fish
  • Volunteer on an amphibian monitoring project with the Association of Wetland Stewards (see photo)
  • Go to the Ucluelet Aquarium

Still to do!

  • Work in a community garden
  • See a whale from the CBT office
  • Make a meal from food grown in our Eat West Coast demonstration garden
  • Learn how to introduce myself in Nuu-chah-nulth
  • Go to Otalith Music Festival
  • Learn how to forage from a local and make a meal from foraged food
  • Volunteer with the Ah’ta’apq Creek restoration project with the CWFS
  • Make salal berry jam
  • Listen to a guest speaker at the Ecolodge
  • Attend a gardening workshop at the Tofino Botanical Gardens
  • Attend the Carving on the Edge festival
  • Surf at all of the beaches in Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park
  • Volunteer with food sorting with the Tofino Ucluelet Culinary Guild

Congratulations Leadership Vancouver Island Grads!

Congratulations to the 2016 Leadership Vancouver Island Grads!

Graduation is June 24th 6pm at the Tofino Community Hall
Here’s the program… we invite all of our Guest Speakers, Facilitators, and Community Sponsors to join the occasion!

Download (Program-LVI-Grad-Spring-2016.pdf)

2015 CBT Impact Report

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust stands on two pillars: we are both a biosphere reserve and a community foundation. As the only organization in Canada that encompasses both of these internationally recognized mandates, we are able to see the opportunities and challenges in our region through a unique lens. The CBT supports the work of many organizations and communities in the region through our grant programs, while also delivering our own programs and regional initiatives.

Download (CBT_impact_report_2015.pdf)

Download (CBT_impact_report_2015.pdf)