Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program

The Okanagan Basin Water Board’s grant program for water conservation and quality improvement projects is looking for a few good applicants. This is the second year of the grant program which awards up to $300,000 of grants throughout the Okanagan Valley. Eligible recipients are local governments (regional districts or municipalities) or community groups and improvement districts whose projects have been endorsed by a local government sponsor. “Last year’s program was highly successful”, notes Program Manager Greg Armour, “and we expect to see lots of high caliber submissions this year.” In 2006, $645,987 worth of eligible proposals were submitted for the $300,000 allocation. The Water Board is looking for projects that demonstrate innovative and collaborative ways of promoting water conservation and quality improvements for the Okanagan Valley. Applications with measurable outcomes or those who have matching funding in place will also be given priority.

Completed applications must be submitted to sponsoring regional districts or municipalities, who will forward endorsed projects to the Water Board. All applications must be submitted to your municipality or regional board for endorsement by Friday March 9 and grants will be awarded May 1, 2007. Grant application forms and other information can be found at www.obwb.ca or by calling the water board at 550-3768.

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If you would like more information on this topic, please contact Genevieve Doyle at the Okanagan Basin Water Board at (250) 550-3768, [email protected]