Watersheds Small Grants Program

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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 watersheds: Chambers-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. 

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)798-2485 or krystal.kyer@piercecountywa.gov or Barbara Ann Smolko at (253)798-6156 or barbaraann.smolko@piercecountywa.gov.

Thanks to all of our 2020 funding partners leveraging matching dollars to bring a combined $65,000 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 Watershed: 2020 Grant Round is CLOSED

Applications were due April 7, 2020. 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. Learn about the funded projects here:  2020 Grant Project Summaries 


Puyallup Watershed Grants Factsheet

The next grant round will occur in the spring of 2021.

Chambers-Clover Watershed: 2020 Grant Round is CLOSED

Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Grant Applications were due April 7, 2020. 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. 


In 2020, $20,000 was awarded to ten organizations: 2020 Grant Awards - Project Summaries


2018-23 Action Agenda (CCWC priorities)

The next grant round will occur in the spring of 2021. 

KGI Watershed: Lu Winsor Environmental Grants - CLOSED

The 2020 grant round closed on April 7th. For more information or to submit a grant application, visit the Lu Winsor Grant Program page. 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 2020. 


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