Four responsive projects receive Emergency Community Support Fund grants

Through May and June 2020, CBT assisted with the local delivery of the Government of Canada's Emergency Community Support Fund, which provides much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations during COVID-19.

A committee of local volunteers reviewed project applications and recommended that funds be allocated to four diverse local projects that respond to a range of challenges, from mental health and drug use during the pandemic to the need for online youth environmental education.  Check out the project descriptions and contact information below to learn more or get involved! 

Project: Working Toward Wellness Together
Lead Organization: Westcoast Community Resources Society
Project Summary: Activities to increase mental health in west coast communities through outreach, training, signage, and address issues around Opioid overdose deaths working collaboratively for harm reduction.

Project: Emergency Animal Control in Underserved Indigenous Communities - Health & Safety
Lead Organization: British Columbia Humane Society (Tofino - CARE Network)
Project Summary: Make the rural & remote, Indigenous communities on the west coast of Vancouver Island safer by dealing with Dangerous Dogs and preventing dog fights and bites that have increased due to COVID-19.

Project: SIMRS Ocean Literacy Development Program
Lead Organization: Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society (SIMRS)
Project Summary: An accessible and inclusive ocean literacy program for vulnerable youth and children in remote, rural, and indigenous communities.

Project: Forest Glen Emergency Gathering and Warming Centre
Lead Organization: Seaview Seniors Housing Society (SSHS)
Project Summary: SSHS will develop the Forest Glen common areas as an emergency gathering and warming centre as a safe haven for at-risk seniors in our community who would otherwise be alone and vulnerable in the event of catastrophe or disaster.


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!