Small Grants Program

Pierce County Surface Water Management partners with local organizations and agencies to fund a small grants program to support projects that improve water quality in Pierce County. The small grant programs are currently available in the three watersheds described below. Projects located outside of Pierce County boundaries of these watersheds will not be considered.

Update: We are revising the small grants program to streamline and update the application process, form, ranking criteria, and timeline for all watersheds. Stay tuned for more information in early 2018; we are anticipating a spring grant cycle with awards in June.

Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed 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 (WRIA12). Grants are available in amounts up to $2,500. We partner with the City of Lakewood to fund this grant program. The total amount available is $25,000 in 2018. 
The 2018 grant cycle will be announced in the spring. 

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). Grants are available in amounts up to $2,500. We partnered with the Peninsula Light Co. and the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation to provide $25,000 in grant awards in 2018.
The 2018 grant cycle will be announced in the spring.

NEW! Puyallup River 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). Grants are available in amounts up to $2,500. This program is under development in partnership with the Industrial Stormwater Community of Interest, a part of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative. We aim to have the 2018 grant cycle announced in the spring. We anticipate $20,000 available for grant awards this year.



For all watershed small grant programs:


Successful applications support one or more of the goals outlined in the current Action Agendas of the watershed councils. Examples of successful projects include riparian plantings, invasive species removal, stream clean-up events, nature-based education preK-12 such as nature-themed school camps, citizen science, outreach to shoreline property owners, development of educational materials or purchase of equipment, signage or supplies for projects that benefit water quality or riparian habitat. Projects that also build partnerships or community involvement are most competitive for funding.

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