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Applying to the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund

If you are working in your community to protect BC’s natural environment, and you need legal assistance, then the EDRF can help. We want to fund groups that are building their community’s environmental voice and will work in partnership with their lawyer to win an environmental victory. 

Funding goes towards the costs of hiring a lawyer (and possibly experts or mediators where that’s part of a legal strategy) at a legal-aid rate of $80/hr.  The applicant is responsible for confirming a private lawyer, and any other experts involved in the case, prior to making an application. 

We have two types of grants:

  • Stage 1: Community Legal Action Seed Grant – An initial, one-time grant of up to $2,500 focused on legal advice and representation to take strategic action to address an important community-based environmental issue. Grant recipients with the ability to run a broader community-based campaign, including raising their own funds for legal fees, will be favored (view this webinar for more information on developing a campaign). Approximately 16 Stage 1 grants will be made per year.  (For more informnation about Community Legal Action Seed Grants, see the application form in Word or pdf format below)


  • Stage 2: Community Legal Action Grants – Individuals and organizations that have a demonstrated ability to use legal tools effectively as part of a broader campaign, and have a larger legal project (often a legal challenge or appeal), may apply for grants of up to $12,000.  Roughly 5 of these grants will be made per year.  (For more informnation about Community Legal Action Grants see the application form in word or pdf format below)


We recommend that all interested applicants contact the EDRF staff before filling out an application form. If we determine that you meet the criteria and are eligible to apply for an EDRF grant, you will be invited to submit an EDRF application.

Applications are received 4 times per year, in January, March/April, July and October.  Application deadlines for our two quarterly next meetings are March 30th, 2017 and July 6th, 2017.

For more information on applying, see the Stage 1 and Stage 2 application forms and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. The application forms below were created in 2016 and remain valid.