Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund

Grants to Northern California Nonprofits for
Environmental Preservation and Protection

GrantWatch ID#: 175430
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment


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Grants 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.

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.

Up to $5,000

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.

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

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

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)

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.

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

For more information:

Megan Mubaraki, Grants Assistant

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

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