Watersheds Small Grants Program

Pierce County partners with watershed councils and local organizations and agencies to fund a small grants program to support projects that improve habitat and water quality in Pierce County. The small grant programs are currently 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. 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, and 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, KGI, and Puyallup (within Pierce County boundaries only). Select the one watershed that applies to your project. View the individual council pages to your left to learn about past grantees, and priorities. The project should either be located in selected watershed or serve residents of selected watershed, or both.  Applicants may submit more than one application per watershed, and similar projects taking place in different watersheds may be submitted. 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@piercecounty.wa.gov or Barbara Ann Smolko at (253) 798-6156 or barbaraann.smolko@piercecountywa.gov.

In 2018, we received 45 applications and awarded 29 grants. Thanks to all of our 2018 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

Puyallup Watershed Small Grants: 2019 Cycle Closed

Applications were due on July 1, 2019. Awards will be made in August. The next grant round will occur in the spring of 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 has been re-launched as a partnership with the Stormwater Community of Interest (SCOI), a part of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative with grant administration provided by Pierce County, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and the Puyallup River Watershed Council. Up to $20,000 is available to award in 2019. Read the grant announcement for complete details and instructions. All grant materials are below:

2019 Puyallup Watershed Grant Announcement - Instructions (PDF)

2019 Grant Application Form (Word)

Sample Grant Scoring Form (PDF)

Past Awardees: 2018 Project Summaries (PDF)

Chambers-Clover Small Grants: 2019 Cycle Closed

Congratulations to all of the 2019 grant awardees! Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Grant Applications were due by March 25, 2019. Awards were announced in May. The next grant round will occur in the spring of 2020.

Small grants, up to $2,500 are available to 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. Up to $20,000 will be awarded in the 2019 grant cycle.  All grant materials and resources are available to download here: 

2019 CCWC Environmental Grant Announcement

2019 CCWC Grant Application Form

2019 Grant Ranking Sheet

Project Summaries - 2018 Chambers-Clover Small Grants Awardees

2019 Grant Awardees - Project Summaries

Examples of Past Grant Projects

2018-23 Action Agenda

Lu Winsor Memorial Environmental Grants: 2019 Cycle Closed

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 2019. 

To apply: all grant applications must be submitted through the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation's online grant application portal or by mail following the instructions and supporting documents on their website.    

Grant applications were due March 31, 2019. The next grant round will occur in early 2020. For more information or to submit a grant application, visit the Lu Winsor Grant Program page.