The Selection Process

The EDRF Committee evaluates your application using multiple criteria. Initially, we look to identify the scope and significance of the Environmental impact. Once the scope of the environmental impact or threat has been determined, we evaluate your application using the following criteria:

  • Your financial eligibility and need.
  • Does your application meet our internal objectives of protecting the environment and increasing the legal capacity of lawyers and citizens in BC?
  • The potential law reform value of the legal action.
  • Amount of your Client Contribution.
  • Public Interest.
  • Legal significance.
  • Amount of the grant request.

The committee will assess your application and make one of the following three decisions:

  1. Grant Approved: If your grant is approved, the EDRF staff will begin to work with you on your EDRF file. We will draft your grant documents and send them to you within a week. It is also possible that the committee will approve your application, but place conditions on the grant. In the event this happens, an EDRF staff member will contact you immediately to discuss the conditions of the grant with you.
  2. Grant Deferred: The EDRF committee defers grants when they identify merit within the application, but decide they need more information to make an informed decision. When the committee defers a grant an EDRF staff member will work with you to address the concerns raised by the committee. The applicant is then invited to reapply for the next EDRF application deadline.
  3. Grant Denied: If the EDRF committee determines that your application does not meet all of the EDRF funding criteria or if we do not have enough funds to support your project, your application will be denied. In the event that your application is denied there is no appeal process and the EDRF committee will not reconsider an amended application.