Environment Grants

If you have an idea that will strengthen environmental well-being, this program could help support it.

Environment Grants funds community-initiated and community-supported projects in the areas of ecosystems, water or environmental education. This program aligns with the Columbia Basin Management Plan 2020-2022) Strategic Priorities and Integrated Priorities of Ecosystem Enhancement and Climate Resilience and Working with Indigenous Peoples.

Your project must take place within Columbia Basin Trust’s region and demonstrate the ability to address one of the categories below.

  1. ECOSYSTEMS PROJECTS:
  • Enhance or conserve ecosystems and/or species of conservation concern.
  • Reduce the threat of significant invasive species to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Ecosystem related research projects that contribute to ecosystem conservation and/or enhancement.
  1. WATER PROJECTS:
  • Support the protection, enhancement or restoration of water resources that are important for species and/or ecosystems of conservation concern.
  • Carry out water quality and/or quantity research that is scientifically sound and will contribute knowledge to the management of water resources for the benefit of ecosystems, communities and watershed stakeholders.
  1. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROJECTS:
  • Provide education to Basin residents that helps develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world and motivates ecologically informed decisions and actions.

Additional consideration may be given to projects in the above categories that:

  • incorporate Indigenous perspectives or partnerships with Indigenous Peoples,
  • incorporate climate change mitigation and adaptation into enhancement and/or restoration practices that increase ecosystem resilience, and
  • create local employment/economic benefits.

Eligible applicants include non-profits, First Nation communities, municipalities and regional districts. Businesses may be considered depending on the project and its broad community impact. The project must not mainly benefit the interest of the business.

Your project must take place within the Columbia Basin Trust region.

  • The EOI deadline is August 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. MT. We will not accept submissions after this deadline.
  • If the project is selected to move forward, you will hear from us by September 14, 2021, and your full application will be due by October 26, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. MT.

The application for an Environment Grant request involves two stages. This process provides applicants more support and time for project and application development.

  1. Download and review the Program Guide and Worksheet.
  2. Applicants will first complete an Expression of Interest (EOI).
    The application for an Environment Grant request involves two stages: an Expression of Interest; and then a selection and invitation to submit a full application.
  3. Use the optional Worksheet to develop your EOI offline if you so choose.
  4. First-time users of the Trust’s application website will need to create an account.

Here are examples of past projects that have been approved for grants:

These projects may not reflect our current funding priorities. If your organization is based outside the Basin, we will consider your project if it involves a significant partnership with a Basin community or organization.