Local programs that support natural habitats and water quality may be eligible for grant funding. Past examples included plantings, invasive species removal, cleanup events, and educational programs.
The Pierce County Watersheds Small Grants Program will host an informational session on March 2, and will accept grant applications through April 7.
Pierce County is partnering with watershed councils, local nonprofits, and agencies to fund a small grants program supporting community projects that improve habitat and water quality across the county.
The 2022 cycle will award up to $70,000 total to projects in four watersheds: Key Peninsula-Gig Harbor-Islands, Chambers-Clover Creek, Puyallup-White River, and Nisqually. Individual grants are funded up to $2,500.
Grant applications are due by April 7, 2022. Prospective applicants are invited to a virtual information session on March 2, 2022, at 3 p.m. to learn more about the program. Sign up for the presentation, download grant applications, and review watershed boundaries at www.piercecountywa.gov/sgp.
Puyallup River Watershed Small Grants
This grant is for nonprofit organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals that want to enhance water quality and habitat in the Puyallup-White River Watershed. Pierce County and the Stormwater Community of Interest of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative fund this grant.
Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Environmental Grants
This grant is for nonprofit organizations, schools, jurisdictions, and individuals to work collaboratively with the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council on drainage, water quality, and habitat projects in the watershed. Pierce County and the City of Lakewood fund this grant.
Lu Winsor Memorial Environmental Grants
This grant is for nonprofit organizations, schools, and individuals supporting environmental education and watershed protection projects in the Key Peninsula-Gig Harbor-Islands Watershed. Pierce County, Peninsula Light Co., and the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation fund this grant.
Nisqually Watershed Small Grants
This grant is for nonprofit organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals working to enhance water quality and habitats in the Nisqually River Watershed. This program is new in 2022, thanks to a partnership with the Nisqually River Foundation.
Past projects supported by these grants include a training program that engages the public to collect meaningful scientific data in the Key Peninsula-Gig Harbor-Islands Watershed, an outdoor lab facility that gives students a hands-on opportunity to explore habitat stewardship and restoration in the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed, and a community cleanup meant to inspire citizens to become stewards in the Puyallup-White River Watershed.
Christina Rohila, Pierce County public information specialist