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.

Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants
The Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program supports people who want to make our communities better places to live. Our grants range from $50 to $500. A grant is money we give you to help you bring your project to life. You must apply for the grant, but you do not need to pay the money back.

2023 Funding Timeline

Applications are now closed, we will be accepting applications for Neighbourhood Small Grants again in the spring of 2024. Stay tuned for more details! 

The goals of the Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) are to support strong, vibrant and united cultures by fostering preparation for the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022 – 2032), celebrating diversity, and building inclusion.

Projects themes could be, but are not limited to:

  • Celebration of indigenous languages - Example: Host a language gathering.
  • Sharing of cultural practices across generations - Example: Share a cultural skill with youth.
  • Sharing culture with new audiences - Example: Host a cultural feast with friends and neighbours.
  • Creation of opportunities for cultural exchanges - Example: Host a cultural expo. 
  • Youth led culture projects - Example: Create a Zine.
  • Inclusion - Example: Help create a community where everyone feels welcome.
  • Diversity - Example Host a 2SLGBTQIA+ event.
  • Support for Indigenous Food projects

The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is guided by the following principles:

  • Everyone has gifts: Anyone can offer their ideas, talents, skills, experiences and contacts to build a strong community.
  • Small is powerful: Small amounts of money have a potential to bring powerful changes in community in forms of new relationships, increased self-confidence, leadership development, stronger sense of place and creation of local traditions.
  • Local decisions are best: Community members from diverse backgrounds and experiences get an opportunity to make decisions on who should get the grants in their community.
  • Where we live matters: the grants enable anyone to team up with their neighbour and come up with a project that they can carry out within an area of where they live and based on what they think works in their community.
  • We learn together: There is no single right way to build community so anyone involved in the program will have many opportunities to learn, share, reflect, exchange and capture knowledge, skills and information that they can use within and beyond the program.
  • Everyone is invited: The program is accessible and inclusive to anyone living in an NSG area no matter their age, ethnicity, income, cultural background, gender, ability and sexual orientation.

Terms & Conditions of the Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants Program

Who can apply?

  • You must live in Clayoquot Biosphere Region.
  • You can apply for only one NSG project per cycle and you can apply within only one community.
  • Registered charitable organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply. These grants are specifically for individuals and small volunteer-based neighbourhood/community groups.
  • No previous connection to community organization is required.

What information do you need to know about Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants?

  • Your project must be free to attend, accessible and welcoming to all. We encourage applications for projects that are accessible to people with disabilities and inclusive of all people.
  • You may not fundraise for other projects and/or organizations during your event. However, we encourage you to seek donations or gifts in kind from local businesses to help support your project.
  • Large capital projects such as building and maintenance of public assets such as playgrounds or purchasing equipment such as computers are not eligible.
  • Projects involving psychotherapy and counseling support are not eligible.
  • You must begin your project after the grant decision is made. Projects are not supported retroactively.
  • While some projects may continue year-round, it is expected that your NSG grant money is spent by May 30, 2024.

What do you need to think about when you are estimating your project costs? 

  • Grant requests for projects are expected to be under $500. However, applications that offer unique and creative ways of meeting the NSG goals may be considered for additional funding.
  • Grant money may be used to pay people for services (also called honorariums) to help with the project. An honorarium is a small fee paid to someone for their in-kind skills or knowledge contributions. Examples: opening/welcome from an Indigenous Elder, or an artist sharing skills. Total honorarium(s) may not be more than $350 per project.
  • You are responsible for keeping expense receipts to account for all project costs.

What do you need to know if you use a public space (for example, a neighbourhood street or park) for your Culture NSG project? 

  • Projects taking place on neighbourhood streets or public spaces and/or parks must follow municipal by-laws and have proper permits.

What do you need to think about when carrying out your project? 

  • Your project is expected to address one or more of the NSG program goals and objectives listed above. The primary focus should be on increasing relationships between neighbours and deepening neighbours' involvement within their community.
  • Your project must take place within the neighbourhood or community where your application is processed.
  • Festival-style events are expected to focus on a specific neighbourhood or community with a range of 300 attendees. Projects that are part of festivals must demonstrate an activity within the event that helps residents to develop or strengthen relationships.

What do you do after you receive the grant money?

  • To help future applicants, please document your project with photos, videos or by writing a summary of your event. Share these with your local NSG Coordinator.
  • Project leaders are expected to attend the NSG Celebration at the end of the grant year. Your local coordinator will invite you to the event, and you may be asked to share your project story with other attendees.
  • Clayoquot Biosphere Trust should be acknowledged by displaying appropriate logos on event posters or other project promotional materials. Logos will be provided.
  • After your project is complete, you must fill out an evaluation survey. Your NSG Coordinator will provide further instructions about the survey close to project completion date.
  • You must return any unused grant money to your NSG Coordinator.

Curious to see what the application form looks like, CLICK HERE to see an example. 

    Applications are now closed, we will be accepting applications for Neighbourhood Small Grants again in the spring of 2024. Stay tuned for more details! 

    Watch this video featuring local Culture NSG projects in the Clayoquot Sound