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Irrigation and Improvement Districts to Address Water Quality

Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) Grant Program

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Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB)

Deadline Date:

02/28/22 4:00 PM PT Receipt


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Grants of up to $30,000 to British Columbia community and nonprofit organizations, local agencies, and irrigation or improvement districts in eligible locations for collaborative projects to conserve and protect water sources. Applicants must obtain local government approval well in advance of the deadline. Applicants must be located in the Okanagan Valley Region.

Each year the Water Board announces an annual theme, prioritizing funding for projects that address current issues or gaps. Applications that address the annual theme can receive up to 10 bonus points during the selection process.

This year’s theme is Source Protection, awarding up to 10 bonus points for projects that directly protect or restore source waters, reduce source water pollution or develop source protection plans at an appropriate jurisdictional level.

The OBWB recognizes the importance of enabling projects that enhance water quality and conserve water quantity in the Okanagan Valley. This program is intended to:

  • Encourage a collaborative approach to water management;
  • Promote more uniform standards and best practices throughout the valley;
  • Increase knowledge sharing;
  • Support innovative solutions;
  • Help local organizations address water issues and enhance valley-wide sustainable water use; and
  • Assist projects that might otherwise lack funds to move forward in a timely manner

To encourage projects that are inter-jurisdictional in scope, enhance partnerships, and reflect the nature of shared water in the valley, funding will be provided to projects with the most merit according to the OBWB board-approved scoring criteria, regardless of location.

Eligible projects must:

  • Demonstrate water savings or improvements to water quality
  • Be supported by local government through a letter of support
  • Be consistent with water management planning objectives in their respective jurisdictions

Eligible Activities:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167455

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Successful projects will receive between $3,000 and $30,000. (Maximum $30,000 per project, even with multiple partnering organizations.)

Term of Contract:

Projects should be completed, including reporting requirements, by March 31 of the grant year

Multi-year projects are eligible for funding, but a new application must be submitted for each year of additional funding, and ongoing funding is not guaranteed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include Okanagan:
- Municipalities
- Regional districts
- Irrigation/improvement districts (must be water suppliers and recognized under the Local Government Act and Community Charter)
- Okanagan First Nations
- Nonprofit community organizations

Ineligible applicants include:
- Senior government agencies (i.e. provincial or federal)
- Consulting firms (or consultant-led projects)
- Businesses

Ineligible projects include, but are not limited to:
- Bylaw compliance and enforcement programs
- Capital projects that are growth-driven and should be funded by development cost charges
- Work for private water utilities
- Projects that were completed in the past/previously undertaken work
- Research/development projects that are associated with ‘for-profit’ business activities
- Projects outside of the Okanagan Basin

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Monday, February 28, 2022 at 4 PM Pacific time.

Successful applicants will be notified in April.

Applicants MUST contact the local government where the project will occur well in advance of the grant deadline for a letter of support. Applicants should contact the local government at least four weeks ahead of the application deadline to ensure they receive a letter of support before the deadline. Applications without the support of a local government will not be considered for funding. For further information, see:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Operations and Grants Manager with any questions about the eligibility of their project, or with any questions or concerns about the grant program. Any other source of information may be incorrect, and can lead to incorrect applications.

Organizations may submit more than one application, but each application must be accompanied by a separate letter of support from the local government in the project area, or a letter clearly stating all the projects that are being supported.

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

Please submit completed applications by email to

Okanagan Basin Water Board
WCQI Grant Program
1450 KLO Rd
Kelowna, B.C. V1W 3Z4

For more information, please contact the Operations and Grants Manager at 250-469-6270 or at the above email address.

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