General funding guidelines
The CBT offers a range of grants to promote the health of individuals, communities and ecosystems throughout the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. If you have a project idea and are seeking financial support, this page is for you.
The CBT is a federally-registered charity. This status comes with strict guidelines as to how we can distribute funds to organizations and communities. The Canada Revenue Agency determines the types of organizations – known as “qualified donees” – that can receive funding from a federally-registered charity.
TO BE ELIGIBLE, A QUALIFIED DONEE MUST BE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- a registered charity (not sure? Check the CRA listings here),
- a municipality in Canada,
- a First Nation recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as a public body performing a function of government (qualified donee),
- an educational institution, and
- the government of Canada or British Columbia.
The complete information is available on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website.
The CBT is not able to provide funding to ineligible groups via a flow-through arrangement with qualified donees.
If you have a project that you believe meets the mandate of the CBT and are not an eligible organization, please contact the office to discuss your project.
- grants are available only to qualified donees that are up-to-date on their CBT reporting requirements; that is applicants who do not have overdue reports;
- each qualified donee shall be limited to a maximum of three funded projects at any one time, only one of which may be over $5,000. The Executive Director can provide exceptions on a case-by-case basis for communities that have a limited number of qualified donees.
THE CBT WILL NOT FUND:
- applications which strictly request funding for capital purchases such as computers, office furniture, and lumber (that is, there is no project, program or research proposed);
- on-going operations;
- sports activities;
- fundraisers and fundraising expenses;
- individuals (see grants for individuals) or for-profit organizations.
THE CBT WILL FUND:
- project supplies and equipment up to a maximum of 25% of the CBT funded portion of the project budget (with the exception of community gardens and interpretive signage projects – please speak to staff);
- plans, strategies, and analyses that lead to more informed and organized future action
APPLICATIONS ARE EVALUATED USING THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
- locally-based proponents, activities and community engagement;
- matching resources (preference for 50% cash and/or in-kind contributions);
- respect for local protocols;
- development of local capacity;
- response to an identified need;
- committee specific criteria and/or funding priorities as detailed in the application; and
- supporting the spirit and intent of the UNESCO Biosphere designation.
DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE CBT'S FUNDING GUIDELINES?
Contact the CBT by phone (250-725-2219), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or stop by our office (316 Main Street, Tofino or at the Ucluelet Community Centre, Ucluelet).