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 maintain a roster of lawyers willing to take on EDRF cases and can provide referrals upon request.
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. In Stage 1, you may apply for a grant of up to $3,600.
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). In Stage 2, you may apply for up to $17,500 at a time. 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.
We can provide funding of up to a total of $35,000 to any one environmental case.
Please see the application form downloads below in both PDF and Microsoft Word .doc formats. This application form can be used for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 grant applications.
For more information, please contact:
(or toll-free at 1-800-330-9235 ext. 203)
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 $116/hour. Please note that the EDRF expects that lawyers taking on public interest environmental cases will offer a pro bono discount on their regular hourly rate for services according to a sliding scale. For full details, please refer to the application form.
When to apply
Applications are received five times per year. Our upcoming application deadlines are:
September 15, 2021
November 10, 2021
Please contact us if you are facing urgent timelines. It may be possible for the EDRF to review your application on an emergency basis.
How should I submit my application?
Please submit your application by email to Barbara Everdene (EDRF Project Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can be reached at 1-800 330-WCEL (toll free in BC). Please refer to the checklist below to ensure your application is complete.