Environmental Grants

Rose Foundation administers numerous environmental grants funds, including two separate grassroots-oriented funds in California; watershed-oriented funds in California, Washington and Oregon; and placed-based funds which generally operate on a county-specific level, as well as other specialized funds. Each fund generally has its own unique issue focus and/or geographic scope, and most funds have separate application processes. Prospective applicants should carefully review the following fund descriptions, and follow the application instructions for the fund which is the best fit for their program.

Applicants from small organizations, or those who have minimal experience applying for a foundation grant, should probably start by looking at the Northern California Grassroots Environmental Fund, the California Wildlands Grassroots Fund, or the grassroots grants element of the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund.

Grassroots Funds
Our Grassroots Funds award small grants to small community-based groups. Applicants' previous fiscal year's expenses must be $100,000 or less to be eligible. We currently have three grassroots funds in California and the Puget Sound.
California Watershed Protection Fund
The California Watershed Protection Fund accepts applications for projects designed to benefit the water quality of many of California's watersheds. Due to fluctuations in the funding that supports the Watersheds Fund, the specific watersheds that are eligible may change periodically. Check the Eligibility Section for current watersheds.
Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund
The Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund is dedicated to protecting the water quality of Puget Sound. It has both a Watershed Grants element and a Grassroots Grants element.
Puget Sound/Salish Sea Watershed Fund
The Puget Sound/Salish Sea Watershed Fund supports physical projects or other on-the-ground work for physical improvements for the benefit of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea in the Whatcom, Skagit or San Juan County area.
Central Valley Disadvantaged Community Water Quality Grants Program
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is developing a grants program that would maximize the benefits to disadvantaged communities working on water quality issues in the Central Valley and Sacramento Valley areas.
Grays Harbor/Chehalis River Watershed Fund
The Grays Harbor/Chehalis River Watershed Fund was established in order to improve the water quality of the Chehalis River Watershed and the Grays Harbor Estuary in Washington State.
Columbia River Fund
The Columbia River Fund supports non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting and restoring the Columbia River watershed, and honoring the historical uses of the watershed while preserving fish and wildlife so that the Columbia River watershed will be healthy and productive in perpetuity.
The Mike Chappell Fund for the Spokane River
The Mike Chappell Fund for the Spokane River supports environmental project activities that will improve the water quality of the Spokane River Watershed.
Southeast Madera County Responsible Growth Fund
The Southeast Madera County Responsible Growth Fund was created to fulfill the intent of a settlement between the Madera Oversight Coalition and Castle and Cooke to encourage comprehensive environmental planning and responsible growth policies in Madera County.
Anthony Grassroots Prize
The Anthony Grassroots Environmental Prize was established by environmental activist Juliette Anthony in 1999. The Anthony Prize recognizes an outstanding example of grassroots environmental stewardship over the previous year with a $1,000 award.
Kern County Air Pollution Mitigation Fund
The Kern County Air Pollution Mitigation Fund fulfills the intent of a series of settlements between the Sierra Club and residential building developers in the Bakersfield area. It supports direct, pro-active projects in Kern County designed to reduce particulate or ozone air pollution.