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.

Research & Environment
The CBT Research & Environment Committee has an annual discretionary budget to fund small projects throughout the region. Projects will be funded up to a maximum of $5,000.

2023 Funding Timeline
Applications open: February 27
Applications close: April 17 (11:59 p.m.) 

Funding Priorities
Funding priority will be given to projects that:

  • Address key species and ecosystem threats within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. For example, the threat of sea star wasting disease, the impact of commercial herring fishery on local marine ecosystem health, knowledge gaps on the threats of finfish aquaculture, the threat of invasive species on local native species diversity.
  • Address habitat conservation, restoration and/or protection for target species or ecosystems of ecological and/or cultural importance. For example, research that addresses habitat for keystone species with multiple food chain linkages such as salmon, habitat species of economic importance and/or cultural importance, and/or food security importance, habitat for charismatic species that elevate conservation awareness, and habitat for species that we feel we have a high stewardship responsibility to protect.
  • Address key threats to Indigenous ways of knowing about sacred places and important knowledge for  vibrant Nuu-chah-nulth people, culture, and connections to place;
  • Align with First Nations priorities and follow protocols. Research must be supported by the First Nation in whose territory it will be conducted.
  • Support the spirit and intent of the UNESCO Biosphere designation and contribute to specific conservation values and actions that have broad application for mitigating an ecological and/or cultural threat such that system resilience is supported. Conservation action refers to a variety of responses that can mitigate the threat. For example, land or water protection, land or water management/restoration, species monitoring and management, education and policy change, and new modes of governance that support ecological and cultural resilience.