2018 Environmental Small Grants Program: Apply by MAY 15.

Pierce County Surface Water Management 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 pre K-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.

Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Environmental Grants

Provides small grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, teachers, and individuals wishing to enhance water quality and habitat in the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed (WRIA12). We partner with the City of Lakewood to fund this grant program. The total amount available is $20,000 in 2018. 

View and download the application packet materials here: 
2018 CCWC Grant Announcement
2018 CCWC Grant Ranking Criteria (sample) 
Examples of Past Years Grant Projects
2018 CCWC Small Grant Application Form


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 (WRIA15). 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


NEW! Puyallup River Watershed Environmental 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. We anticipate $20,000 available for grant awards this year. 

View and download the application packet materials here:
2018 Puyallup Watershed Grant Announcement
2018 Puyallup Watershed Ranking Criteria

2018 Puyallup Watershed Environmental Grant Application Form

If you have any questions, please contact Krystal Kyer at (253) 798-2485 or kkyer@co.pierce.wa.us.

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: