Watersheds Small Grants Program

Pierce County partners with watershed councils and local organizations and agencies to fund and run a grant program to support projects that improve habitat and water quality in Pierce County. The small grant programs are 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 in different watersheds. Applications are 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, development of educational materials or purchase of equipment, signage or supplies for projects that benefit water quality or riparian habitat. 

Grants are available in three watershedsChambers-Clover, Key Peninsula-Gig Harbor-Islands (KGI), and Puyallup-White. Select the watershed that applies to your project. View the individual council pages to your left to learn about current priorities. The project should be located in the selected watershed and/or serve residents of selected watershed. Applicants may submit more than one application per watershed, and similar projects taking place in different watersheds are accepted. All watersheds offer grant awards up to $2,500 per grant proposal. 

Sign up here to be notified by email of future grant rounds and deadlines. 

An information session was held on Wednesday, February 10th. The meeting slides are available here. A video recording of the information session is posted below.

If you have any questions about the application process, forms, or if you have a project idea that you'd like to get some feedback on before applying, please contact Krystal Kyer at (253)307-0819 or [email protected] or Barbara Ann Smolko at (253)798-6156 or [email protected].

Thanks to all of our 2020 funding partners leveraging matching dollars to bring a combined $62,500 in funding for small environmental projects across Pierce County: 

  • Greater Gig Harbor Foundation
  • City of Lakewood
  • Puyallup Watershed Initiative - Stormwater Community of Interest
  • Peninsula Light
  • Pierce County

Puyallup-White River Watershed Small Grants

Introduction Video by Carrie Hernandez, PRWC President

Puyallup Watershed Grant Applications were due April 7 and July7, 2021.  Grant projects applications are currently under review, and we anticipate decisions and award notifications by August 2, 2021. This program provides small grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, teachers, businesses, and individuals wishing to enhance water quality and habitats in the Puyallup-White River Watershed (WRIA 10). This program is a partnership with Pierce County and the Stormwater Community of Interest (SCOI), a part of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative with grant administration provided by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and the Puyallup River Watershed Council

Nearly $20,000 was awarded to eight organizations in 2020. Learn about the funded projects here: 2020 Grant Project Summaries 

2021 Grant Cycle Materials:

2021 Grant Announcement: Puyallup-White River Watershed

2021 Grant Scoresheet Sample

Puyallup Watershed Grants Factsheet

Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Small Grants 

Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Grant Applications were due April 7, 2021. Nine grant projects were funded in the 2021 grant round, with a total of $20,000 awarded. 

Read about the grant awards project summaries here: 2021 Grant Awards Summary

This year $20,000 will be available for funding, with a maximum grant award of $2,500 per project. Small grants are available to assist local nonprofit organizations, jurisdictions, 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.

2018-23 Action Agenda (To view CCWC priorities)

2021 Grant Cycle Materials:

2021 Grant Announcement: Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed

2021 Grant Scoresheet Sample

KGI Watershed: Lu Winsor Environmental Grants 

Lu Winsor Grant Applications were due April 7, 2021 For more information or to submit a grant application, visit the Lu Winsor Grant Program page. This program 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 will partner with the Peninsula Light Co. and the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation to provide and estimated $15-20,000 in grant awards in 2021. 

To apply: all grant applications must be submitted through the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s online grant application portal.