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Apply to the EDRF

Apply to the EDRF

We recommend that all interested applicants contact 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, we will help you determine your funding stage and invite you to submit an application.

We offer two types of grants:

Stage 1 Grant – A smaller, one-time grant focused on legal advice and representation to take strategic action to address an important community-based environmental issue. This grant may also be used to obtain a legal opinion on whether a more in-depth legal challenge has the potential for success.  

Stage 2 Grant – A larger grant for applicants with 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). Grant recipients with the ability to run a broader community-based campaign, including raising funds towards a client contribution towards their legal fees, will be given priority. For more information on developing a campaign around your issue, check out this webinar.  

Please see application form downloads below for each stage in both PDF and Microsoft Word .doc formats.

You may contact our EDRF Liaison Lawyer, Erica Stahl, at erica_stahl@wcel.org or 604-684-7378 (or toll-free at 1-800-330-9235)

What we fund

EDRF funding can be used only to fund the fees and approved disbursements of lawyers and experts. The EDRF reimburses fees of lawyers and experts at $80/hour and cannot reimburse work billed above $160/hour.

The applicant is responsible for confirming a private lawyer, and any other experts involved in the case, to complete their application. The EDRF can provide referrals to lawyers and experts as needed. We do not fund clerical or administrative expenses. While we encourage community education and organizing, we do not fund the costs of this work.

Client contributions

We require all applicants to raise a contribution towards the cost of their legal work. We call this a “client contribution” and ask you to pay this as a percentage of each of your lawyer or expert’s invoices. Your application should clearly outline your plan to raise your client contribution.

When to apply

Applications are received five times per year. Upcoming application deadlines are:
September 14, 2017
November 17, 2017
January 18, 2018
March 1, 2018
June 7, 2018