Funding for the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative (the “Fund”) is provided by the British Columbia (BC) government as part of its far-ranging Pandemic Response and Economic Recovery initiative supporting all sectors that have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The Fund will help to create jobs and support coastal communities as they recover from the COVID-19 economic downturn and loss of tourism. The Fund also supports BC’s work on addressing marine debris, as recommended in the 2020 What We Heard on Marine Debris in BC report, and the 2019 CleanBC Plastics Action Plan.
The Fund is directed toward marine coastal Indigenous Nations, Indigenous organizations and local governments in BC, as well as BC non-profits and organizations / individuals that have expertise in shoreline and marine debris clean-up and/or removal of derelict vessels.
The Fund will support two types of projects:
Marine shoreline clean-up: Conduct and coordinate shoreline clean up in marine coastal BC locations.
Derelict vessel removal: Conduct and coordinate derelict vessel removal in coastal BC locations.