2021 Youth Action Grants

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. These grants of up to $500 help to facilitate an important capacity-building experience for youth aged 10-25. They learn about the granting process, budgeting, project management, leadership, and how to find community partners to help implement the project. 

Aside from the direct benefits to the grantee, the program positively impacts the larger community through the opportunity to participate in the funded projects, as well as building capacity in the youth population through skills development and forming relationships with local businesses and organizations. “Youth are a largely untapped resource for healthy community development, they have fresh ideas, perspectives, and energy to bring to the table and this program is one small way that we can support their ideas come to fruition,” says Faye Missar, CBT’s Program Coordinator.  

Two of this year’s projects based in Ucluelet include a subsidized summer kayaking program with Hello Nature Adventure Tours and a subsidized Bronze Medallion course. Both serve to fill a need for summer recreation as well as facilitating the learning of important life skills. The summer kayak program is already underway and the participants are learning lots and having fun!

14-year-old Riley was a co-applicant on the grant for the Bronze Medallion course along with his friend Eli. He said the course made him feel a lot more confident both in his ability to aid someone in distress in the water as well as navigating rip currents alone. These are important skills for a young person growing up in the region who spends lots of time in the water surfing as well as teaching others.

Bronze Medallion Course. Photos: Nicole Gerbrandt

In Tofino, Ethan and Phoenix (both 14 years old) have received funding to put up wildlife cameras with the goal of monitoring local wildlife activity. They hope to use this project to educate the community about wildlife in the area and in turn ensure that their neighbours are doing what they can to keep these animals safe. The project is underway and they have already captured some wildlife photos and have been able to notify their neighbours when there is a bear in the area. They have also been able to work with Bob Hansen of WildSafe BC and said he has been, “helpful in us learning about educating others in a thoughtful way to balance informing others and the privacy of the wildlife and their habitat.” This project was funded by both Youth Action Grants and Neighbourhood Small Grants.

Bear and its cubs captured by Ethan and Phoenix's trail cam funded by their Youth Action Grant/Neighbourhood Small grant. 
Photo: Ethan Stere and Phoenix Greig

These grants would not be possible without the generous support from the District of Ucluelet and the District of Tofino; we are so grateful for this continued partnership!

If you have an idea for a youth-led community project get in touch with Faye Missar at faye@clayoquotbiosphere.org or by phone 250-725-2219.


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.

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!

Announcing the Spring 2021 Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants

May 14, 2021
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.

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.