Discretionary Fund Grant Program

The Discretionary Fund, established under Section 25A.20.020 (3)(b) of the Snohomish County Code, is available to assist private landowners, community groups, and/or local agencies in undertaking small-scale projects to improve water quality on private or public property anywhere in the Stillaguamish River Clean Water District (CWD). The Discretionary Fund is managed by the Surface Water Management Division of Snohomish County’s Department of Public Works.


Important Notes for Applicants


  • Effective November 23, 2016, SWM Management has temporarily suspended approval of any new CWD Discretionary Fund grant applications until further notice because of an immediate shortage of surface water revenues within the CWD. This revenue shortage is primarily due to non-payment of CWD fees by certain federal agencies since approximately 2011. Snohomish County is continuing to try to negotiate with these federal agencies for payment of assessed CWD fees. SWM is going to develop a draft list of projects or programs that will be considered for potential reductions in budgets and spending for the remainder of 2016 as well as 2017. The draft list will be presented to the CWD Advisory Board for feedback sometime within the next month or two. Depending on when SWM compiles its draft list of projects and programs being considered for potential reductions, the CWD Advisory Board will discuss this issue either at a special meeting in December or the next regular meeting on January 26th.
  • Effective April 2, 2015, a preliminary application for onsite septic system (OSS) repair projects must first be submitted to Snohomish County's new Savvy Septic program, using that program's forms. If the proposed project does not meet eligibility requirements of the Savvy Septic program or the program's grant funding for the year has run out, CWD residents may apply for a Discretionary Fund grant.
  • Effective January 1, 2014, applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis rather than monthly. To be considered within a given quarter, applications must be submitted no later than the first day of the following months: February, May, August, and November.
  • Effective June 1, 2013, the application guidelines include a reduced grant cap ($10,000) and an increased cost share (50%) for OSS repair projects. In addition, OSS projects for properties on which OSS repairs were previously funded by a Discretionary Fund grant are not eligible.
  • Costs incurred prior to the date of application are not eligible.

Eligible Projects


Proposed projects must be within the boundaries of the CWD. Use the PDF map of the CWD, large format map of the CWD or interactive map (not compatible with Google Chrome) to determine if project falls within the boundaries.
The following types of projects are eligible:
  • Reduce fecal coliform bacteria contamination
  • Reduce contaminated stormwater runoff
  • Reduce groundwater contamination
  • Protect waterbodies from livestock
  • Install buffer plantings and bioswales
  • Conduct water quality education and outreach
Ineligible Project Costs
The Discretionary Fund may not be used to support planning, coordination, design, or mitigation projects.
Discretionary Fund Project Application
To apply, please complete the application, and submit it to Sean Edwards (see sidebar information).