Skills that can be shared virtually, like knitting or cedar weaving, are an excellent fit for R-NSG. (Submitted photo)

Skills that can be shared virtually, like knitting or cedar weaving, are an excellent fit for R-NSG. (Submitted photo)

CBT launches new small grant initiative

Grants up to $500 for ideas that bring communities together

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust has launched Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants (R-NSG), a new version of NSG created to support small scale community projects that adhere to the new social/physical distancing guidelines.

The purpose of R-NSG is to build community strength and resilience, foster community creativity and wellbeing, and tackle social isolation. Anyone from Hequiaht, Ahousaht, Tla-o-qui-aht, Tofino, Ucluelet, Ucluelet First Nation, Toquaht or ACRD Area C is eligible to apply for a R-NSG of up to $500.

“Over the past weeks, we have seen so many community members sharing their creativity, time, and resources to help their neighbours during these difficult times. R-NSG is meant to make it easier for our communities to keep supporting each other,” said CBT staffer Brooke Wood.

A couple examples of eligible R-NSG project could be dropping off care packages of dry goods to elderly or other vulnerable people from safe distance or projects that use, share and exchange local assets/gifts using online platforms such as ZOOM, FaceTime, Skype.

A couple things to note, R-NSG projects can only be carried out by individuals and/or family members from one household and there is no deadline to apply. The NSG advisory committee will review applications and make award grants every two weeks.

Do you have an idea that fits the ‘new normal’? Send your application to: https://neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca/our-communities/clayoquot-sound/ or contact Brooke at brooke@clayoquotbiosphere.org or phone 250-725-8227 if you do not have access to a computer.



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