Emergency Community Support Fund Round 2

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 below: 

  • Surfrider Foundation - Addressing and collecting the proliferation of waste from the pandemic, which is a consequence of the increase in plastic takeaway items, decreased bylaw capacity to deal with littering, gaps in local waste management services, and PPE gear that isn't locally recyclable, added to the existing flow of marine debris continually washing up on local and remote shorelines.
  • West Coast Community Resources Society – Continuation of regular radio guest appearances of a local physician and other service providers to provide COVID updates, education and information (medical and mental wellbeing) most relevant to west coast residents, businesses and communities.
  • Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks - Guardians need support to continue ecological stewardship responsibilities while performing emergency pandemic response task of protecting communities from over-tourism pressures threatening vulnerable populations including elders.
  • Wildsafe BC – Addressing the need for better waste management in the region as this summer saw increases in unsecured and overflowing municipal and commercial waste and garbage at illegal campsites. This significantly increases the risk of human-wildlife conflict, which WSBC is mitigating through education, collaboration and community solutions.
  • Pacific Rim Hospice – Many older adults and seniors have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. PRHS will be completing an “Older Adult and Service Provider Needs Assessment/Gap Analysis” and will develop programs that put health and well-being first based on the results.

You can check out the projects funded in Round 1 of the ECSF in this blog post

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.

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!