CBT Granting Update and Equity Pathway

We continue to reflect on key learnings from our UNESCO periodic review, our Vital Signs research, and the pandemic. We’ve committed to work with volunteers, First Nations, communities, and partners on making CBT a more equity-driven organization: in our granting program, in our organizational culture, and beyond.

Last Fall, staff, board, volunteers, and partners participated in Decolonize First alongside facilitators Kelly Foxcroft-Poirier of White Raven Consulting and Amanda Fenton of Amanda Fenton Consulting to grow our capacity to consider the differences and nuances of what colonized and decolonized processes look like in our lives, in our work, and in our community. This growing definition of equity emerged from our learning:

Equity is deep and complex. It works alongside justice, diversity & inclusion. Equity is about each of us getting what we need to survive or succeed—access to opportunity, networks, resources, and supports—based on where we are and where we want to go. Equity is about centering the needs & voices of those pushed out to the margins ensuring that each of us is supported in reaching our full potential.

This broad definition leaves space for us to continue to understand what equity means in different realms and to continue to learn in the context of CBT grantmaking. The grant update below explains how CBT grants are starting to change in 2022.

Granting Update

1) CBT staff will work with advisory committees to review the grant criteria and develop equity approaches for granting that are unique to each committee stream. Examples could be oral presentations vs written reports, re-imagining timelines, and reporting that serves, not burdens, the grantee. We will test and experiment with different approaches through the 2022 granting cycle.

We anticipate changes to all of our application processes and/or timelines from previous years. The application windows will be later, likely in mid-late spring. Stay tuned for updates!

2) Vital Grants will be changing. Vital Grants were a test of high-impact, transformational grants with a focus on sustainability and partnerships. Staff will review this grant stream by following up with Vital grantees 2018-2021. We are allocating the 2022 Vital Grant budget to reach out to past grantees in reciprocity to see what work they still need to do and allocate it in that spirit. The goal will be to continue supporting existing projects, while learning from project leaders about how our granting process worked for them and how to make it more equitable.

3) You are encouraged to join us on our equity pathway. We want to support further learning about the impacts of colonization in our lives, in our work, and in our community. We are seeking opportunities to offer further learning and training to our volunteers and grantees. Being in this learning and unlearning together will help to build a common collaborative language and community of practice amongst CBT staff, volunteers, and community partners. The CBT has allocated $20,000 to fund these workshops this year as we continue our steps on our equity pathway. Stay tuned for your invitation to learning events!

Living Building Challenge

October 5, 2022
CBT has committed to achieving the Living Building Challenge! LBC provides a sustainable framework for the design and construction of buildings and cultivates a symbiotic relationship between people, communities, and nature. Living Buildings are regenerative and inspire innovative methods of construction throughout the building!

2022 Discretionary Grants

September 6, 2022
Each year, the CBT provides funding up to $5,000 for small projects that promote the health of individuals, communities and ecosystems throughout the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. Each granting stream is overseen by an advisory committee of local volunteers who have an interest and expertise related to the grant.

Announcing Spring 2022 Neighbourhood Small Grants !

June 14, 2022
We are excited to share nearly 20 grass-roots community projects that will be receiving Neighbourhood Small Grants this cycle.  As usual, the West Coast Community Resources Society, our community partner for creating the cheques for community members. NSG makes empowering, accessible opportunities for residents from all demographics rise up and make their communities more inclusive, vibrant places to live. Check out the projects below and reach out to colin@clayoquotbiosphere.org if you want to connect to a project leader and participate. 

Biosphere Centre: moving forward on the land in a good way

June 13, 2022
On June 2nd, the CBT board, staff, and partners gathered at the future site of the Clayoquot Biosphere Centre for a small ceremony led by Tla-o-qui-aht cultural workers Chris and Hayden Seitcher. The intentions were simple yet profound: to reflect with gratitude on the work done to bring the Biosphere Centre initiative where it is today and to envision the next phase of the project.

The Coastal Family Resource Coalition is hiring

February 22, 2022
The Coastal Family Resource Coalition (CFRC) is looking to hire a qualified proponent to provide leadership capacity and coordination services for the CFRC, a regional network coordinated and administered by the CBT and guided by the CFRC Executive Committee. 

We're looking for a new team member

February 15, 2022
We're hiring a Program Coordinator to work 30 hours/week. As part of our goal to be representative of and responsive to the communities we work with, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) is seeking a Nuu-chah-nulth person to join our staff team.

Seeking a contractor to support research and communication for the Indigenous-led Westcoast Stewardship Corridor

February 4, 2022
The CBT is supporting the establishment of an Indigenous-led Stewardship Corridor. We are looking for a contractor (individual or firm) to create an inventory of existing Indigenous-led stewardship and resource management activities and collaborations on the west coast of Vancouver Island (VI) (from T’Sou-ke Nation to the Clayoquot Biosphere Region) and the vision forward for a collaborative stewardship corridor.

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!

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.