Grant Requests

Charities continuing operations during COVID-19

BC Conservation Foundation - WildSafeBC Program
The pandemic results in funding challenges
We serve:
We serve all communities of the region with special focuses on reducing human-wildlife conflicts in Tofino, Ucluelet, Hitacu, Macoah and Area C.

We need help with:
Funding much-needed work to keep wildlife wild and our communities safe through promoting education, programs, and collaboration around garbage/recycling management, wildlife-safe food production, keeping residents and visitors informed, staff training programs and other initiatives.

This season we continue to have considerable bear, wolf and cougar activity across the entire region but with a much lower number of conflict issues (1 bear destruction vs. 9 this time last year) thanks in part to the collaborative efforts of residents, businesses, organizations, government and First Nations with WSBC.

Some examples of WSBC program 2020 activities includes: WildSafe Rangers session with Tofino Adventure Camp, Wildlife Safety and Bear Spray training for the Nuu-chah-nulth Warriors program, a new educational initiative for B&B and VR guests and staff houses, a recent launch of our local Bare Campsite Program right across BC, 6 electric fencing projects involving residents, 2 resorts, a community garden and a campground.

Our Needs:
We need funding to continue the above programming through a fall that sees sustained high rates of visitation and wildlife activity in our region.

Throughout the region there has been dramatic evidence of overtaxed garbage/recycling infrastructure along with littering. A goal is to work with partners in the region to target more education around these issues.

One potential action is to have WildSafeBC educational decals placed on all smaller garbage/recycling containers around Tofino and Ucluelet. WSBC just recently created a high impact design that is now being used in other communities in BC. These communities are also experiencing the same issues of people overfilling containers and leaving garbage on the ground by containers.
 
 
 
CARE Network/BC Humane Society
The pandemic results in new challenges for neglected pets
We serve:
We serve the region's rural & remote communities from Ahousaht to Hitacu. We primarily help dogs and cats and their guardians but are often called to help wild animals and birds too.

We need help with:
Developing phase 2 of the new, local animal shelter: space for cats; Spaying, neutering and rehoming unwanted cats ($165/cat on average) - to save their lives as well as to reduce 'attractants' that lead to wildlife/human encounters (and dead bears and wolves); Saving neglected dogs who are coming to us as a result of Covid-19!

Our Needs:
CARE Network helps over 500 animals every year and we need your support. This life-saving work - responding to animal emergencies (we are seeing a spike in cruelty cases due to Covid right now), transporting injured and ill animals to vets in Port Alberni, accessing affordable and free spay, neuter and vaccination services, etc. - depends on the financial support and the compassion of individuals and small businesses
 
 
 
Cedar Coast Field Station Society
The pandemic has reduced our operational funding.
We serve:
Local and visiting youth, researchers, all populations of our biosphere.

We need help with:
General operating expenses; ecological monitoring expenses.

Our needs:
We have lost most of our funding this season due to the loss of station user fees and reduced contributions from local businesses. Any donations will help us cover basic operating expenses and continue collecting long-term baseline ecological data. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far.
 
 
 
Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society
Eat West Coast supports regional food security collaboration.
We serve:
All west coast communities: Toquaht, Ucluelet, Tla-o-qui-aht, Hesquiaht, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, Ahousaht, Toquaht, Tofino.

We need help with:
Getting the 'Garden Starter Pack' program to as many people as possible across the region! Packs that cost from $5 - $30 get a family started to grow simple staples at home. We also need help funding our 'Preservation and Traditional Foods' programming, which empowers community champions to share knowledge and help families take advantage of local and seasonal foods for lasting affordable eating, emergency preparedness, and sustainable food sovereignty – whether fished, hunted. harvested, grown, or cultivated.

Our needs:
We support collaboration across all communities on their food accuses needs, including Food Bank on the Edge, TUCG, TCFI, ULFS, Fish&Loaves and many more. Our main goal is to be a hub for connection, funding, and sharing of knowledge and resources across the region. While there are many funds for short-term emergency food access, this work allows longer term access and preparedness skills for future needs.
 
 
 
Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society
Neighbourhood Small Grants support grassroots COVID-19 responses.
We serve:
All west coast communities: Toquaht, Ucluelet, Tla-o-qui-aht, Hesquiaht, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, Ahousaht, Toquaht, Tofino and ACRD Area C.

We need help with:
Providing funding for as many projects as possible. In response to the pandemic, we're giving out grants of up to $500 to help regional residents carry out projects that strengthen community and reduce social isolation. However, we've had a huge response, with over 15 applications in the first week. Your donation to NSG will directly support a community member's project.
 
 
 
Food Bank on the Edge
During COVID-19 food bank demand has increased substantially.
We serve:
Ucluelet, Tofino, Indigenous Communities on the west coast

We need help with:
At this time we have plenty of volunteers and a good schedule to get those volunteers who no longer work on Tuesdays in to the Food Bank on off days to organize inventory, pre-pack hampers and sort donations. We are fortunate that we are doing well at this time.

Our needs:
We anticipate an influx in our numbers and it is happening gradually. We are increasing the size of our hampers by about 30% so it means more food to be bought. We have reorganized the way we purchase food but have a pretty good system going using SYSCO, GFS and Quality Foods in Port Alberni. Our basic need is food and we buy 90% of our food, the rest is donated. We accept co-op gift cards or direct deposit to our Co-op account
 
 
 
Pacific Rim Arts Society
COVID-19 has changed the way community arts can happen
We serve:
Tofino, Ucluelet, Area C and the 5 Indigenous communities in our region.

We need help with:
Volunteers (art shows, festivals and events); stable financial revenue.

Our Needs:
The Pacific Rim Arts Society has been bringing arts programming to our communities for 50 years. Many of our programs such as the Pacific Rim Summer Festival and Missoula Children's Theatre are staple events in our region. However, in the past few years, PRAS has relied solely on grant opportunities in order to continue to support arts and culture as well as youth arts initiatives. While these grants are extremely important, they do not cover additional costs for full time personnel, better use of our art space to local artists and other benefits to the community. With additional volunteer and financial support, PRAS would like to support the arts communities commensurably better.
 
 
 
Pacific Rim Hospice Society
The pandemic increases trauma and grief for many in our region
We serve:
Children, youth, adults and seniors in ten remote/rural west coast communities

We need help with:
Child/Youth Grief Counselling and Education Program (four schools); Seniors/Elders Programs and Services; Volunteer Training and Education.

Our Needs:
Hospice invites you to assist our staff and volunteers in compassionately caring for children, youth, adults and elders in helping them improve their quality of life when experiencing illness, injury, death and grief.

Children/youth and their families experiencing grief benefit from the support of a compassionate registered clinical counsellor; sustainable funding for a consistent, year round counsellor is paramount in relationship and trust building. Isolated seniors benefit from our social and educational programming, gentle walking groups and assistance with transportation to medical appointments.

Our volunteers and staff support hundreds of individuals each year, especially in the area of grief/bereavement and it is important to keep up to date with training in order to continue serving our clients with excellence.
 
 
 
Raincoast Education Society
Please help us keep the Raincoast Field School program running through 2020 and beyond by making a donation during our matching campaign this September!

Raincoast Field School directly engages over 500 students through up to 200 field trips per year. It's the kind of program you won't find anywhere else! Raincoast Field School is entirely funded by the RES, offered to every single student in every single class (K-7) at no cost to their parents, their teachers, or the school. We are only able to run this program with the generous support of our donors - local businesses and individuals who care about what we do and support us in our mission year after year. We are reaching out to ask for your support to help us ensure Field School remains a key component of the educational experience children in our community can count on. Please help us ensure this program continues in 2020 and beyond!

Every dollar helps, but for the entire month of September every dollar also doubles your impact: ALL donations up to $35,000 will be matched by Long Beach Lodge Resort and two very generous and committed members of our community! Please support our commitment to offer a full year of Field School programming in Tofino and Ucluelet by helping us meet our matching goal. We thank you all for your support. We also gratefully acknowledge Clayoquot Biosphere Trust— our local community foundation and long-time partner in sustainability education in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region— for their support of this campaign. The CBT is administering this matching campaign so that 100% of donations are received by the RES without any overhead or transaction fees.
 
 
 
Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society
We research the health & population of Clayoquot marine mammals
We serve:
Local and visiting children, youth, general public, and researchers in our west coast communities and beyond.

We need help with:
General operating expenses; marine research and monitoring initiatives; education & outreach support; marine mammal rescue & response expenses.

Our needs:
It is our mission to conduct marine research and ecological monitoring, educate the public about marine conservation issues, and facilitate rescue & response efforts within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region and beyond. In the past, these efforts were largely supported by research fees collected by local eco-tourism operations, however with Covid-19 impacts on this industry we have lost a significant portion of these funds. We are in critical need for further project funding in order to cover the costs of monitoring/documenting local whale populations, responding to marine mammal incidents, providing hands-on education through citizen-science, and much, much more. Financial donations of any amount will help ensure we can continue operating and providing these vital services for both the scientific community and the general public. Thank you for your support!
 
 
 
Surfrider Foundation - Pacific Rim Chapter
The pandemic requires us to adapt our programs and campaigns
We serve:
Tofino, Ucluelet, Ahousaht

We need help with:
Funding for progressive recycling programs that are diverting waste streams from landfills and ecosystems, which is mitigating climate change and lowering plastic pollution. Increasing the number of youth reached and educated through the Youth Environmental Stewardship program. Creating resources to support the scale out of our programs and campaigns across the province and nation.

Our Needs:
Surfrider Foundation's mission is the protection and enjoyment of the ocean, beaches and waves. All Pacific Rim Chapter initiatives are working to eliminate plastic pollution, restore shorelines from plastics, support the shift to a circular economy, and mitigate climate change by working collaboratively with youth, businesses, government, industry, and individuals. We are also adapting to the current global situation to develop new resources, toolkits, and innovative ways to keep folks engaged, learning and taking action online and at home during this time.
 
 
 
Westcoast Community Resources Society
Covid-19 has made it harder to support our region's marginalized people.
We serve:
Women, children/youth, and the marginalized people of our west coast communities.

We need help with:
During the days of COVID-19: means of staying connected with clients (phone or online), supporting families feeling pressure (social isolation, financial stress, academic).

Our Needs:
WCRS provides safe and supportive services to individuals and families, supporting their right to explore options and make choices. We are committed to ending family violence and all forms of abuse, while promoting the equality and diversity of all people in the west coast communities. Our programs include a Transition House, Second Stage housing, outreach, and counselling for women, children and youth.

We seek donations of cell phones with internet capability and financial donations of any amount will help prepare us for resumption of in person client services.
 
 
 
Wild Pacific Trail Society
The want to help people to nature during the pandemic
We serve:
Community Members, school-aged children and youth, and visitors.

We need help with:
Support in transitioning education program to online platform; monetary & technical support for our naturalist.

Our Needs:
During this unprecedented time, we continue to connect people to nature, by means of finding new and creative ways to bring the Trail virtually to others. We have developed a "Learn where you live" naturalist web series with engaging activities. Our first episode has reached 4,714 people on our Facebook page, plus website views. Due to the pandemic, visitors are not traveling to the region, we have experienced a decrease in funds in our trail donation boxes. Funds are needed to ensure we can continue reaching people in isolation by offering our interpretive programming virtually.