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Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) Grant Program

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, Public Agencies, and
Irrigation and Improvement Districts to Address Water Quality

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB)

Deadline Date:

02/26/21 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 water and improve water quality. Applicants are advised to obtain required 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 the theme is ‘water security,’ encouraging projects that reduce water pollution, protect or restore natural assets (e.g. wetlands) that provide water quality or quantity benefits, or reduce the occurrence of water advisories in drinking water systems.

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:

  • Build a collaborative approach to water management;
  • Promote more uniform standards and best practices throughout the valley;
  • Increase knowledge sharing;
  • Create 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 our 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:

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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.) In many cases, partial OBWB funding may be awarded to a project.

Term of Contract:

The OBWB asks that projects be completed by March 31, 2021.

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
- Research/development projects that are associated with ‘for-profit’ business activities
- Any project outside of the Okanagan Basin

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
- Previously undertaken work

Ineligible expenses include:
- Ongoing operational expense including overhead and administration charges
- Wages of employees already employed by the organization

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Friday, February 26, 2021 at 4 PM Pacific time.

Successful applicants will be notified in April.

Applicants should contact their local government at least four weeks ahead of the application deadline to ensure they receive a letter of support before the deadline.

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.

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Contact Information:

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

or by mail 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

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