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Grants to Southeastern British Columbia Nonprofits, Tribes,
Agencies, and Businesses in Eligible Areas for Environmental Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Columbia Basin Trust

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Deadline Date:

11/12/19 2:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM MT


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Grants starting at $5,000 to southeastern British Columbia nonprofit organizations, municipalities, regional districts, public and indigenous organizations, and businesses in eligible areas for community-based environmental projects. Eligible focus areas include climate, ecosystems, water, and environmental education. Funding is intended to support community-initiated and community-supported projects.

The project must take place within the Columbia Basin Trust region consisting of all the watersheds that flow into the Columbia River in Canada. The region encompasses nearly 80,000 square kilometers in southeastern British Columbia.

Projects must demonstrate the ability to address one of these categories:

1. Ecosystems

  • Enhance or conserve ecosystems and/or species of conservation concern.
  • Reduce the threat of significant invasive species to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

2) Climate Projects

  • Support adaptation to the impacts of climate change at community-wide or regional scales.
  • Make long-term contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions at
    community-wide or regional scales. 

3) 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. 

4) Environmental Education Projects

  • Provide education to Basin residents that help develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world and motivates ecologically informed decisions and actions. 

Priority is given to projects with confirmed cash contributions from the applicant organization or other funders. Projects that demonstrate that fundraising efforts have been made and/or are being undertaken are more likely to receive funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156659

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests of more than $5,000 are accepted. The Trust will, in most cases, limit contributions to $60,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding from this program can be used over the course of more than one year, generally up to a maximum of $60,000 over the duration of the project.

Projects can start after receiving funding approval from the Trust.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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

Applicants outside the Basin need to partner with community-based organizations in the Basin to be eligible.

Projects are not eligible if they:
- Do not address one of the categories above;
- Take place outside the Basin;
- Involve paying for core or ongoing operating expenses of Eligible Applicants;
- Relieve any level of government of its obligations;
- Have the primary purpose of fulfilling post-graduate degree requirements;
- Are focused on agriculture, including gardening;
- Propose to build or improve infrastructure on private land; or
- Will undertake activities of political parties, advocacy or lobby groups or of organizations that are exclusive or discriminative in nature.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Trust will be hosting two information meetings to review the Environment Grants Program and answer questions about the application and selection processes. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information meeting. Information meetings will be hosted by teleconference and the same content will be covered at both information meetings.

September Information Meeting:
Date: Tuesday September 10th, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT

October Information Meeting:
Date: Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT.

The review process usually takes up to eight weeks.

Applicants may apply for more than one project.

Grant money can only be put toward approved project expenses that occur after having received funding confirmation.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Mike Hounjet, Environment Lead
Phone: 1.800.505.8998

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia