CBT Grants

Our funding - from small to large - promotes the health of individuals, communities and ecosystems throughout the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. Each granting stream is supported by its own Advisory Committee comprised of local volunteers with interest and expertise relevant to the specific grant. Advisory Committees review proposals and make funding recommendations to the CBT Board of Directors.

Biosphere Research Award
The Biosphere Research Award is a grant of $20,000 to support research that advances the local understanding of conservation challenges in our marine and/or terrestrial ecosystems and helps us to prioritize conservation actions within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region.

Funding Timeline

Applications are now closed for 2024 and will be reopening in 2025. Sign up for our newsletter to receive timely updates about our grants, including when they open for applications.

Funding Criteria
Funding priority will be given to projects that: 

  • Research that addresses key species and ecosystem threats within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region.
  • Research that addresses a trend of degradation on target species or ecosystems of ecological and/or cultural importance.
  • Research that applies to conservation action and can be applied in other areas as well (broad application). Conservation action refers to management responses that can mitigate the threat.
  • Research that aligns with First Nations priorities and follows protocols. For example, Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society has identified stream restoration as a priority. Research must be supported by the First Nation in whose territory it will be conducted.
  • Research proposals that support the spirit and intent of the UNESCO Biosphere designation.
  • Research findings need to be communicated in a public forum of some kind.

View the Biosphere Research Award application question list here.