Announcing the Spring 2021 Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants

We’re thrilled to announce the project funded by CBT’s spring 2021 Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants! These grants are designed to help us foster connection in our communities during the pandemic when many of us can feel isolated and vulnerable. When we feel a sense of belonging in our community, we're more likely to be engaged in activities that make it a better place to live. 

These 28 projects received a total of $9,550 and are led by residents from communities across the region. If you see a project that you’d like to get involved in, email us and we’ll connect you with the project leader! 

Leader: Gertrude Frank
Project: Mommy's Helping hand

Leader: Jen Boot
Project: Community Outdoor Dance

Leader: Craig Devine
Project: TyHistanis Garden - Revitalizing knowledge 

Leader: Sharon Wu
Project: Fearless food project 

Leader: Trina Matteson
Project: Butterfly Garden 

Leader: Tyler  Carpenter
Project: Community Outdoor Dance

Leader: Selena Rogalski
Project: Tofino's First Pride

Leader: Holly LeFevre
Project: Grateful Bowls

Leader: Courtney Johnson
Project: West Coast Kids “Keep Your Heart Strong” Music Video!

 Leader: Jennifer Cote-Naud
Project: Back to the ground

Leader: Nora O'Malley
Project:  Goodies for the grads

Leader: Nora Martin
Project: Red Dress Ceremony

Leader: Erin Kostashuk
Project: Harm Reduction Book Club

Leader: Mady Mac
Project: Mealworms + Polystyrene = Compost... what the heck?

Leader: Ethan Stere and Phoenix Greig
Project: Jensen's Bay Wildlife Monitoring Program

Leader: Jennifer Brierley
Project: Paper Pumpkin project kits

Leader: Carly Butler
Project: Creating Rag Rug Kits

Leader: Sylvain Rollin
Project: Breaking the Crust

Leader: Jeanne M Keith-Ferris
Project: Local Disaster Action - Ukee Neighbours Prepare

Leader: Erin McGillivray
Project: Tofino Zine

Leader: Daphne Hurwitz
Project: Spring Random Acts of Kindness

Leader: Charles Thomas
Project: Teaching youth how to feed their community

Leader: Lothar Myck
Project: Music Video

Leader: Annie George
Project: Painting with Annie George

Leader: Elizabeth George
Project: Beading a pair of earrings peyote stitch

Leader: Ivy Martin
Project: Opitsaht Nettle

Leader: Margaret Wagener
Project: Arts n crafts

Leader: Karma Neilson
Project: Staff making and spinning

Audit Services Invitation to Tender

October 25, 2021
The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society (CBT) is requesting tenders from qualified firms of public accountants to audit the financial statements of the CBT for the year ending December 31, 2021, and if a contract is assigned for each fiscal year ending during that period.

Join our team as an At-Large Director

September 24, 2021
The CBT is seeking expressions of interest in a 4-year volunteer term as Alternate At-Large Director. The CBT exists to support research, education and programs that advance conservation, the understanding of natural processes in the marine and terrestrial ecosystems and that promote the health of individuals and communities in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. The CBT relies on the vision and strategic direction of a committed Board of Directors representing a diversity of experience, skills and interests supportive of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere designation.

2021 Discretionary Grants

August 6, 2021
Every year, the CBT provides small project funding (up to $5,000) in the following four areas: Research and Environment, Community Development, Arts and Culture, and Youth and Education. Each granting stream is built upon different funding priorities and overseen by its own Advisory Committee comprised of 12-15 local volunteers with interest and expertise relevant to the specific grant.

2021 Youth Action Grants

July 21, 2021
Our Youth Action Grants are one of the ways we fulfil our priority of Empowering Youth in the region. This is our 7th year offering youth-led grants and we are always inspired by the creative projects and their beneficial ripple effects in the community.

New Nelly Heyduck Art Collaboration

July 2, 2021
Nelly Heyduck has created a beautiful new print depicting our biosphere region in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere designation.

Announcing the 2021 Vital Grant Awards

June 24, 2021
Our Vital Grant program began in 2018 with the goal to address regional priorities and complex challenges influencing sustainability in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. These $15,000-20,000 grants support meaningful collaboration between organizations, communities and cultures and must include a minimum of two project partners. This year, the CBT also reviewed Vital Grant applications with an equity lens by considering whether projects addressed regional social and health inequities.

2021 Biosphere Research Award

June 14, 2021
We are so pleased to share the details of Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society’s project funded by our Biosphere Research Award for 2021!

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.