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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