REFBC Funds Community Engagement, Energy Planning, and Watershed Governance Research

river bending around a copse of trees

The Fraser River, near Prince George, BC. (Photo: Stephanie Butler)

The Real Estate Foundation of BC’s Board of Governors approved 10 grants at the Foundation’s September 2017 grants meeting, totaling $854,674. To date, REFBC has awarded more than $80 million in grants to support sustainable land use projects in communities across BC.

September 2017 grants are listed in alphabetical order, by grantee, below the break.

Our next grant submission intake is for the Real Estate Industry Grant stream. Applications are due by December 15, 2017.

Our next intake of General Grant applications is in February2018. For details, visit our grants page or contact Nick Davies, Grants Coordinator, at


Community Energy Association ($80,000) to support a program to accelerate local government leadership on energy and climate action.

Cowichan Valley Regional District ($50,000) for events and community engagement on a place-making program that will strengthen residents’ connection to neighbourhoods, community, and nature.

Fraser Basin Council ($105,000) for work with the Nechako Watershed Roundtable to undertake three initiatives to help advance the implementation of the Nechako Watershed Strategy.

POLIS Project on Ecological Governance ($405,000) to support three years of research, regulatory reform, capacity building, and engagement on water governance and implementation of the Water Sustainability Act (WSA).

Regional District of East Kootenay ($7,500) to identify and map areas of high cultural and heritage value in the Columbia Valley - including historic use, topography, settlement patterns, cultural adaptions, and environmental attributes— as part of an Archeological Overview Assessment.

Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society ($10,274) to support a multi-sector watershed planning team in reviewing and updating the Salmo/Pend d’Oreille Watershed Aquatic Ecosystem Health Improvement Plan (SWAP), and to share the model with other communities in the Columbia Basin.

SFU Faculty of Health Sciences ($24,400) to host a two-day symposium with the aim of creating a shared Framework for Action on Health and Climate Change, bringing together issues of health, land use, and climate change to develop better community and regional planning.

Sierra Club of BC Foundation ($90,000) for mapping endangered rainforest ecosystems and conservation values on South Vancouver Island, to inform regional planning, support First Nations-led land use planning, facilitate financing options, and strengthen a shared conservation vision.

Vancouver Economic Commission ($40,200) to research underutilized industrial sites in Vancouver and advance understanding of industrial trends, challenges, and barriers to collocation, in order to provide practical solutions and guide policy development for industrial real estate.

Vancouver Island University (Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute) ($42,300) to undertake a multi-year wetland mapping and monitoring project with the Regional District of Nanaimo, leading to the development of a wetlands and groundwater action plan and policy recommendations.