Columbia Basin Trust Environmental Grants (More than $5000)

Columbia Basin Trust

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Grant amount: C $5,000 - C $60,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 12, 2020 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

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What is the Environment Grants Program?

Our Environment Grants fund community-initiated and community-supported projects in the areas of ecosystems, climate, water or environmental education. Learn about the Trust’s Environment Strategic Plan 2014–2019 at

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

Ecosystem Projects

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

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.

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 helps develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world and motivates ecologically informed decisions and actions. 

How Much Can I Apply For?

The Trust will, in most cases, limit contributions to $60,000. The Environment Grants intake has a total of $800,000 available. We strive to distribute these funds equitably across communities, organizations and project types. If you are requesting a large amount of funding, your project must demonstrate significant regional impacts, community-wide collaboration, and substantial confirmed funding contributions from other sources.

How Much Of My Project Will The Trust Fund?

Priority is given to projects with confirmed cash contributions from the applicant organization or other funders. Projects with unconfirmed cash contributions will be considered; however, if approved, funding from the Trust may not be released until after all other funding sources have been confirmed. The Trust prefers not to be the sole funder of projects.

Projects that demonstrate that fundraising efforts have been made and/or are being undertaken are more likely to receive funding. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants include registered non-profits, public organizations, municipalities, regional districts and First Nations communities. Businesses may be considered depending on the project and its broad community impact. The project must not mainly benefit the interest of the business.
    • Regardless of which type of eligible organization you are applying on behalf of, your project
    • should demonstrate that it will benefit the Basin and that the primary beneficiary is not the
    • applicant or solely the members of a membership based organization.
  • Your 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. 
  • 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. 


  • The Trust retains the right to determine individual project eligibility. 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.