Watersheds Environmental Small Grants Program

UPDATE: We received 45 grant applications for the 2018 round with over $100,000 in funding requests. All applicants have been notified of grant decisions. The next grant round will occur in spring of 2019.

Pierce County partners with watershed councils and local organizations and agencies to fund a small grants program to support projects that improve habitat and water quality in Pierce County. The small grant programs are currently available in the three watersheds described below. You can find supporting documents and priorities of the councils posted online by viewing the appropriate council page. Each council's priorities are unique, so do not overlook this step if you are applying for more than one grant. Grants will be ranked and reviewed separately with different criteria and different priorities based on the watershed.

Successful applications support one or more of the goals outlined in the current Action Agendas (or work plans) of the watershed councils. Examples of successful past projects include volunteer riparian plantings, invasive species removal, stream clean-up events, nature-based education preK-16 such as nature themed school camps, citizen science, outreach to shoreline property owners, rain garden installations, rain barrel workshops, and development of educational materials or purchase of equipment, signage or supplies for projects that benefit water quality or riparian habitat. 

This year there are grants available for three watersheds. Only select the one that applies to your project. The project should either be located in selected watershed or serve residents of selected watershed, or ideally both.  All grant applications are due on May 15, 2018. All watersheds offer grant awards up to $2,500 per grant proposal.

If you have any questions, please contact Krystal Kyer at (253) 798-2485 or krystal.kyer@piercecounty.wa.gov

Thanks to all of our 2018 funding partners leveraging matching dollars to bring a combined $65,000 in funding for small environmental projects across Pierce County:

Chambers-Clover Small Grants

Provides small grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, teachers, and individuals wishing to enhance water quality and habitat in the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed (WRIA 12). We partner with the City of Lakewood to fund this grant program. $20,000 has been awarded for the 2018 grant cycle. 

Lu Winsor Memorial Environmental Grants

Provides small grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, teachers, and individuals wishing to enhance water quality and habitat in the Key Peninsula - Gig Harbor - Islands Watershed (WRIA 15). We partnered with the Peninsula Light Co. and the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation to provide $25,000 in grant awards in 2018. Beginning this year, grants must be submitted through the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation's online grant application portal or by mail following the instructions and supporting documents on their website. 

To apply go to: Lu Winsor Environmental Grant Program Page or Lu Winsor Grant Online Application

Puyallup Watershed Small Grants

Provides small grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, teachers, businesses, and individuals wishing to enhance water quality and habitat in the Puyallup-White River Watershed (WRIA10). This program has been re-launched as a partnership with the Industrial Stormwater Community of Interest (ISCOI), a part of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative.  $20,000 has been awarded this cycle.