February Newsletter!

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

Biosphere Research Award

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.

Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association

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!

Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO)

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.

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN)

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.  

Board Development Training

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, 2018Register for one or both workshops and join us for lunch, offered by the Long Beach Lodge Resort.

Critical Role of the Board Chair, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and Strategic Conversations, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

West Coast Seedy Saturday

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

Other Grant Opportunities

  • Canada’s Coolest School Trip Contest: 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. Deadline to apply: February 26, 2018. Find out more here.
  • Co-op Community Spaces Funding: Co-op will award $2 millions to projects across Western Canada in 2018. Individual projects are eligible to apply for between $25,000 and $150,000 in funding. Deadline to apply: March 1, 2018. Learn more here
  • Community Resilience through Arts and Culture Fund: The program supports arts and cultural events, initiatives and projects by and for local communities. Indigenous communities and communities that have experienced hardship may be given funding priority. The grants will range between $2,500-$15,000. Deadline to apply: March 2, 2018. More information here
  • Federal Government Environmental Funding Programs: This year, the government will provide a total of $15 million through seven environmental funding programs to helps Canada address climate change, conserve nature, and protect fresh water. Various deadlines. More information on the criteria and how to apply here

Upcoming CBT Board Meetings

Thursday, April 12, 2018
1 pm – 5 pm

Thursday, May 24, 2018
1 pm – 4 pm
Area C, Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District