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.

Applicant Criteria

  • 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 (with the exception of Neighbourhood Small Grants) 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

Questions about CBT funding guidelines?

Contact the CBT by phone (250-725-2219), email (, or stop by our office (316 Main Street, Tofino).