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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, Businesses, and
Municipalities for Environmental Stewardship Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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Columbia Basin Trust

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Deadline Date:

11/28/20 2:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM MT


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Grants of up to $60,000 to British Columbia nonprofit organizations, businesses, municipalities, and regional districts for environmental stewardship projects in eligible locations. Applicants must submit an EOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for activities that are initiated and supported by the community. Projects 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.

The Trust welcomes project ideas in each of the project categories that address climate resilience:

  • Ecosystems
    • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 Size of Grant:

Requests of more than $5,000 are accepted. The Trust will, in most cases, limit contributions to $60,000. Applicants can request up to a maximum of 75% of the total project costs from the Trust.

Term of Contract:

The Trust recommends that applicants plan to start funded activities no sooner than February 15, 2021. Multi-year projects will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include nonprofits, 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.

Applicants operating outside the Basin must 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.

Projects that have received multi-year funding from Environment Grants in the past may not be prioritized.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Session for Expressions of Interest:

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT

Dial-In: 1.855.950.3717
Passcode: 272595

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
• Tuesday, June 16, 2020: Environment Grants EOI opens online
• Wednesday, July 8, 2020: Information Session
• Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. MT: Deadline for EOIs to be submitted online
• Wednesday, September 25, 2020: Applicants notified regarding decision on EOIs
• November 28, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. MT: Deadline to complete full application online (by invitation only)
• January 24, 2021: Final notifications to applicants

Applicants may apply for more than one project.

Contact Information:

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

Submit an Expression of Interest online:

Staff are also available to answer questions one-on-one while you prepare your EOI. Contact

Mike Hounjet, Environment Lead
Phone: 1.800.505.8998

Grant Coverage Areas:

Columbia Basin Trust Region:

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;

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