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Funding Eligibility

The Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund provides financial support to people who would not otherwise be able to afford to engage the law to resolve their environmental disputes. To determine if you are eligible for an EDRF grant, answer the following four questions:

  1. Are you an individual, community group, or not for profit organization?
  2. Do you have an environmental dispute?
  3. Can you establish financial need?
  4. Would the involvement of a lawyer significantly increase the likelihood of resolving the environmental dispute?

If you answered yes to all of the above questions, you are eligible to apply for an EDRF grant! If you want to discuss these criteria, and whether you meet them, contact Barb Everdene by phone at (604)601-2503 or email her directly at beverdene@wcel.org.

What We Don’t Fund

EDRF funding is not available to any level of government – Federal, provincial, or municipal. In addition, we do not fund any application involving an act of civil disobedience.
EDRF funding cannot be used for:

  • Paying adverse cost awards (costs awarded by the court as a result of a decision not in your favour for opposing party's legal fees).
  • The purchase of land.
  • The cost of a client’s clerical, coordination, administrative or campaign activities.