(Al Westnedge photo)

(Al Westnedge photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo offer stewardship funding for watershed projects

Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 per project

The Regional District of Nanaimo is accepting applications for funding for community-level projects that monitor, restore or enhance regional watercourses.

The Drinking Water and Watershed Protection’s Stewardship Seed Funding grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 per project and multi-year projects can apply annually for up to three consecutive years.

There is no deadline to apply as funding is first-come, first-served based on project merit until year’s end or the available funding is exhausted.

To be eligible, projects must:

• be led by a non-profit organization and involve community volunteers,

• be jointly funded by other partners, donors or with in-kind contributions,

• acquire all the necessary permissions and permits for work to be carried out,

• and actively enhance or monitor stream, river, lake, estuary or wetland health, hydrology or function.

Projects that pursue recommendations from RDN supported stream assessments or water quality monitoring, such as the Community Watershed Monitoring Network (rdn.bc.ca/community-watershed-monitoring), will be prioritized.

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For program details, how to apply for funding and application forms, visit rdn.bc.ca/stewardship-seed-funding.

Applications and questions about the application process, how to get started with a project or to get connected with stewardship organizations in your area, email waterstewardship@rdn.bc.ca.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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