Announcing our rounds 1-3 of Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants!

The Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants (R-NSG) program has received a strong response from our communities and we're excited to announce the first round of funded projects! Feel free to reach out to project leaders for details about the projects or how to get involved. Projects are evaluated on a rolling basis and granting decisions are made approximately every two weeks. Learn more about R-NSG. There is still funding available, so keep those great ideas coming! 

We would also like to acknowledge the Westcoast Community Resources Society (WCRS) for being such a great community partner, supporting the CBT to deliver the NSG program for over 5 years. This year, WCRS has stepped it up in helping adapt to COVID-19 by incorporating e-transfers (instead of cheques) into the R-NSG process. 

Leader: Laura Peake (
Project: Herb Garden for Tree Frog Lane (communal herb garden and digital package explaining herb types and uses for a neighbourhood with long forested driveways and reduced interaction and sense of community)

Leader: Alyssa Fleishman (
Project: Learning on the Land (youth from all Clayoquot Sound communities are invited to come together and share influential learning experiences they've had on the land, which will be compiled into booklets of everyone's stories then shared)

Leader: Tamara Neale (
Project: The Hobbyist (online candle-making class delivered to local participants via Zoom)

Leader: Daphne Hurwitz (
Project: Crafting during COVID (Daphne and her sister would like to host an online crafting party. Card-making kits will be safely dropped off to participants in Tofino and Ucluelet and one-hour craft sessions will be held on Zoom)

Leader: Elizabeth George ( 
Project: Beading dream catcher earrings (Elizabeth will create a facebook page for the people wanting to learn and practice beading dream catcher earrings and drop off the supplies for participants to get started)

Leader: Melanie MacLeod (no email) 
Project: Ahousaht Home Food Gardens (over 30 Ahousaht families have signed up to receive starter plants and guides for growing basic foods like potatoes, greens, tomatoes, cucumbers) 

Leader: Leah Ungstad (
Project: Gibson Grove (community project to restore more plants like salal, huckleberry, and ferns along the new housing development on Gibson Street in Tofino) 

Leader: Eva Wickham (
Project: West Coast Youth Photo Thank-you Cards (a group of youth from west coast communities can take photos of nature or what inspires them then choose their favourites and make them into thank you cards which they will send to people in the community they feel should be thanked)

Leader: Alisen Hunt (
Project: Covid Free Store at ANAF (a physically distant "free store" one day event at the Army Navy Air Force in Ucluelet to provide free upcycled clothes, household items, and good vibes)

Leader: Molly Law (
Project: Creating Community through Gardens (sharing edible and ornamental plants/garden starter kits with residents of Tofino's Lone Cone neighbourhood accompanied by educational pamphlets/guides)

Leader: Annie George (
Project: Native Painting (Annie will gather a group of participants and send them packages of materials before leading a painting workshop for everyone using Facebook Messenger video chat)

Leader: Sophie L'Homme ( 
Project: We want to thank you so much (virtual choir showcasing the Wickaninnish Elementary singing group as a tribute/thank you to the front-line workers of our region)

Leader: Leah Austin (
Project: Virtual Chicken Social (zoom gatherings to allow chicken-keepers and chicken enthusiasts to share experience, including a "virtual chicken coop tour")

Leader: Carly Butler ( 
Project: Ucluelet Artist Collective - Website for Ucluelet Artists (website to showcase Ukee artists will be launched in mid-May; any Ucluelet-based visual artist can request to be added to the site)

Leader: Dede Monette (
Project: Virtual Family Yoga (will provide yoga classes for three distinct population segments: Elder's chair yoga, kids yoga, and guided meditation for all ages) 

Leader: Nicole Gervais (
Project: Virtual Kids Clay Classes (teaching kids to make clay creations by hand incorporating materials they can find in nature or around the home)

Leader: Paula Robertson (
Project: Yew Wood Little Green Thumbs (physically distant youth gardening initiative for the 21 children who live in the Yew Wood neighbourhood of Tofino)

Leader: Anna Bichel (
Project: Growing Food at Hospital Garden (growing food plants and flowers at Tofino General Hospital for the enjoyment and sharing by staff, patients, and hospital kitchen)

Leader: Emre Bosut (
Project: Mental Health First Aid (virtual delivery of Red Cross mental health first aid courses focusing on self-care and care for others)

Holiday Giving Catalogue raises over $42K for regional charities

January 13, 2021
Over the month of December, the CBT worked alongside 20 local charities to raise funds for our most critical needs. Donors answered the call to stand together to strengthen our communities and ecosystems and together we raised $42,675. These gifts of all sizes will have a collective impact in a region that means so much to us all.

Emergency Community Support Fund Round 2

December 14, 2020
As the social and economic implications of the pandemic continue, community-serving non-profits are struggling to keep up with the increased need for responsive services and programming while facing significantly lower revenues than typical years. The CBT is proud to announce 5 diverse community projects receiving $30K in funding from Round 2 of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) from the Government of Canada, via the CBT. In total, $70K has been granted from the ECSF. Check out the list of organizations and projects who have received funding here!

Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants: a show of west coast community resilience

August 19, 2020
We’ve wrapped up our COVID-19 Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants (R-NSG) and couldn’t be more proud of our west coast communities! The 4 months since we launched the program have been a wild and unpredictable ride, but west coasters have come together to support each other— while maintaining physical distancing— in many inspiring and innovative ways.

CBT collaborates on a new SDG Guidebook

August 13, 2020
This week, Community Foundations of Canada launched a Guidebook and Toolkit to help Canada's 191 Community Foundations—and all the communities they support—find bolder, creative and innovative ways to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. CBT research director, Laura Loucks, helped author a case study on p. 29 about our organization's dual role as a community foundation and UNESCO Biosphere Region.

We've met our Giving Catalogue fundraising goal

July 2, 2020
On Giving Tuesday Now (May 5th) CBT launched the Community COVID-19 Response Giving Catalogue, a place where west coast registered charities and not-for-profits share current and emerging needs with people who want to help. We are excited to announce that we have met our $30,000 for local organizations!

Red dresses in the office window

June 30, 2020
If you walk by the CBT office at 316 Main Street later this week, you may notice the red dresses hanging in the front window. The simple and elegant dresses are adorned with black silhouetted feathers and bring awareness to the staggering amount of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) across Canada, but especially those from our community.

2019 Neighbourhood Small Grants Announced

October 29, 2019
We're so grateful for all the amazing community members who are taking on a Neighbourhood Small Grant project this year This blog post includes a list of all the funded projects, the organizers, the approximate dates, and a summary of the project in the organizers' words. Make sure to check out what events are happening in your neighbourhood!