Funding Priorities

The Pierce Conservation District works with the community to improve water quality, promote sustainable agriculture, create thriving habitat, and build a just and healthy food system for all, through education, community engagement, and financial and technical assistance. Project proposals should align with our mission and core program areas and reference at least one strategy and/or five-year target from our 2016 -2020 Strategic Plan, found here: Please limit the listed strategies and/or five-year targets to no more than 3; it is not necessary to list every strategy and target your project aligns with, simply choose those that the project aligns with best.

Projects that do not directly align with strategies or five-year targets may select the “Other” category. If selecting the “Other” category, two additional questions will appear that must be answered pertaining to a) how the project provides significant ecosystem and/or community benefit; and b) how the project supports the District’s mission by filling a service gap not identified in our Strategic Plan.

*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.

Students learn about beekeeping with Sustainable Roots.


Project Criteria:

To qualify for a grant from the Green Partnership Fund, projects must address one of the above mentioned Funding Priorities and serve citizens in one of the following jurisdictions:

City of Bonney Lake, City of Buckley, City of Dupont, City of Fircrest, City of Gig Harbor, City of Lakewood, City of Milton, City of Orting, City of Puyallup, Town of Steilacoom, City of Sumner, City of Tacoma, City of University Place, or unincorporated Pierce County

In addition, projects will be evaluated on:

  • Alignment with Strategic Plan: Project aligns with at least one strategy and/or 5-year target in the District’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.
  • Measurable Benefits: Project will show measurable benefits in Pierce County within five years.
  • Project Partners: Project involves multiple partner groups or agencies.
  • Community Involvement: Project implements an effective strategy to involve the public.
  • Evaluation Strategy: Project demonstrates the means to measure its effectiveness.  
  • External Resources:  Project uses Green Partnership Funds to leverage additional resources (i.e. additional funding sources).
  • Project Sustainability: Project demonstrates ability to maintain the measurable benefits beyond the grant period.

Example Strategies and Associated Targets*:

  • Strategy 3.5.A: Promote and implement Green Stormwater Infrastructure (e.g.: rain gardens, pavement removal), which will increase water infiltration that will in turn reduce runoff.
    • Five Year Target: By 2021, new District projects will contribute to 750,000 gallons of stormwater infiltrated annually.
  • Strategy 3.13: Implement Native Plantings, restore priority areas and increase native plantings, particularly in riparian areas.
    • Five Year Target: By 2021, District programs will plant 35,000 trees and shrubs, 50-acres, and 4-stream miles.
  • Strategy 1.5: Sustaining the Community Based Food System – support people to develop leadership abilities and become competent in the skills necessary to successfully manage a community food project in collaboration with neighbors.
    • Five Year Target: By 2021, we will have 100 Community Food Projects throughout Pierce County.

Example Project(s)*:

  • Rain Garden Installation: Rain Gardens are on-the-ground projects that protect water quality, but also included project-specific and ongoing education and outreach opportunities with the finished product.
  • Stream Restoration and Plantings: Clean water and functioning native habitat are two of core ecosystem values and planting projects help achieve our goals in both of those categories.
  • Community Garden Improvement: Projects that create greater food access by either improving or expanding an existing garden; doing an outreach campaign to historically underserved members of the community to join the garden; or a project that improves the environmental impacts of the garden such as stormwater catchment, reducing heat-island effect, or fruit tree plantings that help clean the air.
  • Environmental Education Projects: These projects should engage school-age children with hands on learning opportunities tied to the District’s Ecosystem Values and/or lead citizens to take action to directly conserve or protect the natural resources defined in Pierce Conservation District’s strategic plan.

*This is by no means an exhaustive list, please review our 
Full 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan to identify the most applicable Strategies and Actions for your project.  If you have a project idea that doesn’t fit these examples and you’re unsure of how it fits with our funding priorities, please reach out to the grant manager to discuss your idea.