Watershed Small Grants Recipients

Since 2004, Pierce County and partners have distributed about $500,000 to support community projects that improve habitat and water quality across the county.

From funding stream clean-up events to contributing to nature-based education camps, the Watersheds Small Grants Program allows community organizations to focus on environmental education and implement projects that protect our watersheds.

Explore the tabs below to see how the 2021 grant recipients are using the funds to bring environmental benefits to their communities.

Become a Funding Partner!

If you'd like to contribute to your community and become a funding partner in the small grants program, contact:

Rebecca Lee

Grant Coordinator
[email protected]

Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Grant Recipients
  1. Clover Park School District
  2. Clover Park Technical College
  3. Forterra
  4. Friends of Spanaway Lake
  5. Harbor WildWatch
  6. Pierce Conservation District
  7. Tacoma Tree Foundation
  8. Tahoma Audubon Society

Grant Project: Salmon in the Classroom

Award Amount: $1,947.81

Description: Purchases equipment to expand the salmon-rearing program to one additional elementary school to raise Salmonid eggs and provide buses for student transportation to release the fry into Chambers Creek. This is supported by the WDFW’s School Cooperative Program providing the eggs and permit for release. 

Grant Project: Garry Oaks Garden & Gathering Space

Award Amount: $1,588.44

Description: Creation of an outdoor gathering space for CPSD’s Early Learning Program under a stand of endangered Garry Oak habitat, adding a deck space with seating for students to observe, sketch, listen to stories or sing songs in an area that will be restored by planting native flowers, shrubs, and greases under the oak trees. Teachers will create and implement sustainable curriculum to be used year-round by community members and students enrolled in Head Start and ECEAP programs for low-income families. 

Lu Winsor Environmental Grant Recipients - KGI Watershed
  1. Anderson Island Parks and Recreation District
  2. Peninsula School District
  3. Friends of Harbor Hill Environmental Sanctuary
  4. GGHF EnviroCorps
  5. GGHF Curious by Nature School
  6. Great Peninsula Conservancy
  7. Harbor WildWatch
  8. Nisqually Reach Nature Center

Grant Project: Schoolhouse Creek Salmon Rearing Equipment and Interpretive Sign

Award Amount: $1,060

Description: Purchase of in-stream salmon rearing equipment and signage telling the story of the restoration work done at Schoolhouse Creek. For the past eight years they have been receiving 20,000 Chum eggs from the Minter Creek Salmon Hatchery to rear in Schoolhouse Creek rearing. This year there was a blockage in the supply line which resulted in the loss of the eggs that were a few weeks away from being released. Adding a settling tank and valves will prevent this from happing again. Since the restoration of the stream will be completed this year, the parks district will erect a large sign with the following information: pictures of what the stream originally looked like, pictures of what was done, why it was done and who helped make it happen.

Puyallup River Watershed Grant Recipients
  1. Citizens for a Healthy Bay
  2. East Tacoma Collaborative & Voice Tacoma Creative Media
  3. Harbor WildWatch
  4. Ikkatsu Project
  5. Pierce Conservation District
  6. Puyallup Tribe of Indians
  7. Tacoma School District
  8. Tacoma Tree Foundation

Grant Project: Environmental Justice Camp

Description: Creating meaningful ways for girls to learn about environmental justice and access environmental education through an annual summer camp program for 50 young women ages 11-17. Offers experiential learning opportunities for young women of color in meaningful, hands-on programs, lessons, and activities to improve their knowledge about water quality, climate change, and other critical issues. The 2021 program will focus on the upper Puyallup watershed, and take campers to the glaciers of Mount Rainier National Park and connect them with other women of color in the environmental field, leave no trace etiquette, orienteering, and hiking. 

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