Is my project eligible for funding?
The fund was established through the cooperative efforts of the District’s member city and town councils, the Pierce County Council, and the Pierce Conservation District Board of Supervisors. Green Partnership Fund money is drawn directly from Pierce Conservation District operating funds. Fund expenditures are governed by Chapter 89.08.220 RCW (Conservation District Spending), and by districts under the direct oversight of the Washington State Conservation Commission, a legislative commission. District mandates are established in state law and through ongoing guidance from the state legislature.
In accordance with these mandates, projects must take place in one of the following jurisdictions:
- City of Bonney Lake
- City of Buckley
- City of Dupont
- City of Fircrest
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- City of Lakewood
- City of Milton
- City of Orting
- City of Puyallup
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- City of Tacoma
- City of University Place
- Town of Steilacoom
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To qualify for a grant from the Green Partnership Fund, applicants must identify themselves as one of the following:
- A registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization, affiliated with a tax-exempt organization, or a community group/association with a demonstrated ability to complete a project of this scale
- A public or private school, college, or university
- A local government, Native American Tribe, or a Washington state agency
- Project must demonstrate community benefit; funds cannot be used to benefit an individual
- Farm projects eligible for PCD Cost Share and/or NRCS EQIP Funding are strongly encouraged to apply for funding via the dedicated funding sources for those projects found here and here respectively. Projects that are eligible for these other funding sources will need to make a compelling case for why Green Partnership Funds should be used to support their project.
Green Partnership Fund recipients must be willing to:
- Work with Pierce Conservation District staff when applicable
- Post a Pierce Conservation District cooperator sign near project
- Share GPF funded public involvement opportunities with PCD
- Present at a PCD Board of Supervisors Meeting (February – December 2018)
- Provide a table top display of the project at the PCD Annual Meeting (March 2018)
- If applicable, obtain any necessary permits, which are the sole responsibility of the applicant and must be obtained prior to the start of the project. All projects must follow Pierce County code requirements. It is the Project Sponsor’s responsibility to hire and oversee any contractors that may be installing the project, and that the contractor specifications, any designs supplied by the District engineer, and any County permit requirements if applicable. The Pierce Conservation District will not reimburse any costs charged by the contractor for corrections to the project due to the contractor not following the specifications and designs.
- If applicable, upon completion of the project, it is the responsibility of the Project Sponsor to submit appropriate documentation of County approval of permitted projects. Any deviation from the permitted activity and any subsequent mitigation requirements are the sole responsibility of the landowner and may result in delay or denial of cost share reimbursement.
List all costs associated with completing this project from start to finish. Labor may not be more than 20 percent of your total budget. Food costs may not be more than 10 percent of your total budget. Include match and volunteer time in budget to best represent total project budget.