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 two watersheds described below. Project areas outside of these two watersheds will not be considered.

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 2017. 
The 2017 grant cycle has closed and awards have been made.

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 $20,000 in grant awards in 2017.
The 2017 grant cycle has closed and awards have been made.
You can help grow the Lu Winsor grant fund by attending the annual Cider Swig! on September 30, 2017.


For both 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.

Note: In 2017 we will be revising the small grants program to streamline the application process and timeline for both watersheds. Stay tuned for more information toward the end of 2017 for the 2018 grant cycle.

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