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.

Nuu-chah-nulth Language Grants
The grassroots Nuu-chah-nulth Language Grants (NLG) support committed language activists from five communities within the Biosphere. The NLG is committed to fostering local leadership and community self-direction in revitalization efforts. 

Co-ordinated by Tsimka Martin with direction from the Nuu-chah-nulth Language Committee this grant funds up to $2,000 per year to ONE leader in EACH of the following Nuu-chah-nulth nations: hiškʷiiʔatḥ (Hesquiaht First Nation), ʕaaḥuusʔatḥ (Ahousaht), ƛaʔuukʷiʔatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations), Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ (Ucluelet First Nation), and tukʷaaʔatḥ (Toquaht Nation).  Funding is for individuals who are members of a Nation with projects that are committed to language revitalization efforts.

Funding Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants MUST be a member of one or more of the following nations:

  • hiškʷiiʔatḥ (Hesquiaht First Nation);
  • ʕaaḥuusʔatḥ (Ahousaht);
  • ƛaʔuukʷiʔatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations);
  • Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ (Ucluelet First Nation); and/or
  • tukʷaaʔatḥ (Toquaht Nation)

Funding Timeline

Grant applications will be open from October 25 to January, 15 2023 with funding disbursed as soon as possible.  

Funding Priorities

The NLG will fund language revitalization projects, with the following priorities:

  • Learning language in one’s own territory (getting learners out on the lands and water for various activities);

  • Events or exercises designed to support silent speakers; 

  • Getting and giving traditional names;

  • Finding and sharing family information;

  • Creative use of language (making new songs, plays or skits in the language with community).

If you have questions or want to talk about your application, please contact Tsimka Martin (Literacy@CoastalCoalition.ca) or Brooke Wood (Brooke@ClayoquotBiosphere.org) or call the CBT office any time at 250-725-2219 (staff can help you make your application over the phone). To apply via our online grant system, click "apply now" below. To apply by email, download this application form, complete it, and email it to Tsimka (Literacy@CoastalCoalition.ca).

The Nuu-chah-nulth language committee is made up of language leaders from each of the 5 Nuu-chah-nulth Nations who this grant serves. This is our pilot year and we are excited to learn from the process as we go! To learn more about the thinking behind these grants, check out the NLG Policy Manual

If you are interested in applying for this grant, as a teacher or a learner of the language, please follow the directions for applying as a "student" in the "create an account" section. Leave blank the CRA question and the website/organization email question.