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Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund

Grants and In-Kind Support to Northern California
Nonprofits for Environmental Preservation and Protection

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment

Deadline Date:

11/01/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 and in-kind support to Northern California nonprofit organizations for environmental preservation and protection programs and projects in the following regions: the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Bay Area, Central Valley, Central Coast, and North Coast. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, environmental health and justice, land management and urban sprawl, habitat and wilderness protection, sustainable forestry, water resources, agriculture, sustainability, and pollution.

Fund objectives are to:
-Strengthen and diversify the capacity of the grassroots base of California’s environmental movement.
-Provide grantees with training opportunities, as well as scholarship funds, to develop skills in budgeting, communications, strategic planning, computer software, working with volunteers and more.
-Enable communities that often fall through the cracks of traditional funding processes to gain crucial recognition and support.
-Offer fiscal sponsorship to allow groups that lack 501(c)3 status to receive grant funds.

Funding will be provided as general support for organizations with an environmental mission, or as project support for strategies such as community-based advocacy, technical assistance, litigation, restoration projects, organizing expenses, grassroots campaigns, and environmental education.

Constituencies served and mobilized are similarly broad, ranging from monolingual farmworkers, native communities, urban and rural youth, recent immigrants, seniors, business owners, and more.

The Foundation works with grantees to increase their capacity and efficiency through its training and travel scholarship program, by providing grantees with fundraising resources, and by convening grantees once a year for training and collaboration. The Foundation also works one-on-one with groups to help them develop a competitive application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175430

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant size is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Most grants are for a one year period. Since a goal of the Grassroots Fund is to support the development and creation of small, new nonprofit groups, after three years of funding, groups need to wait two years before reapplying.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a grassroots grant, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

Geographic Scope: Project impact must be in Northern California (Includes the entire Sierra Nevada Mountains, Bay Area, Central Valley, Central Coast, and North Coast).

Organization Size: Annual income or expenses of $100,000 or less (for exceptions, see application)

Tax Status: Applicants may be a nonprofit, be fiscally sponsored by another nonprofit, or ask for fiscal sponsorship from the fund.

Frequency of Applying: Organizations whose proposals are rejected may re-apply after one year. Organizations that are funded may re-apply after one year if their evaluation form has been submitted and accepted.

Not Eligible for Support: Capital campaigns, annual fundraising appeals, government agencies, colleges or universities and individuals.

If you are uncertain if your organization is eligible, please call or email the Foundation before applying.

Pre-Application Information:


The Grassroots Fund has an application deadline every 3 months. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on the deadline date of:
-February 1st
-May 1st
-August 1st
-November 1st

If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or official holiday, then submissions are due at 5pm on the next business day. Applications may be submitted at anytime. If they are submitted after the deadline, they will automatically be rolled over to the next grant round. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

The funding board usually meets 6 – 7 weeks after the application deadline. Notices of the funding decisions are sent within a week of the board meeting. If your application to the Grassroots Fund is successful, you will have a check in hand 6 to 8 weeks after the deadline date.

How to apply:

Fund Objectives:

Instructions for Online Application:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to access the online application:

If you are absolutely unable to use the online system, you can email Megan Mubaraki to request a Word document version of the application:

Megan Mubaraki, Grants Assistant

Rose Foundation
201 4th Street, Suite 102
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 658-0702
Fax: (510) 658-0732

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Northern California, including the entire Sierra Nevada Mountains, Bay Area, Central Valley, Central Coast, and North Coast