Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund

Grants to Washington Nonprofits and Agencies to Protect
Water Quality and Improve Infrastructure of Puget Sound

GrantWatch ID#: 179821
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Washington nonprofits, governmental and tribal entities for programs that protect and improve the water quality of Puget Sound. Programs can also be in the areas of citizen science, restoration, conservation, shoreline access, environmental justice, and environmental education.

Preference will be given to projects that directly benefit the Green-Duwamish River watershed, and Central and North Puget Sound from Tacoma to Mt. Vernon.

Some of the grant funds are reserved for smaller grassroots organizations. Proposals from local, volunteer-based groups are encouraged. Applications from environmental justice organizations are strongly encouraged.

Here are some examples of the types of projects that are eligible for funding. These are only examples. A project does not have to cover all of the topics or activities listed.

- Water quality monitoring and testing including settlement impact analysis, especially if the project also includes an element that uses the data to promote enhanced water quality.
- Innovative low impact development or green infrastructure projects intended to reduce stormwater pollution or other water quality impacts.
- Water quality-related policy development and associated public outreach.
- Public education and environmental education, especially if the project also includes an element that mobilizes community members and/or students around specific actions to protect water quality.
- Shoreline or riparian restoration and other hands-on stewardship activities.

Most people think of “watershed protection” as restoring river banks and testing water samples. While these are certainly core watershed activities, many other types of projects are also eligible to apply. For example:

- Advocacy promoting public transit and transit equity help people reduce private automobile use (oil, grease and metals from cars are a major contaminant of urban runoff).
- Facilitating public access to shorelines fundamentally builds long-term community watershed stewardship.
- Infrastructure improvements such as rain gardens in disadvantaged communities can lead to significant reductions in stormwater pollution as well as help improve public spaces, and projects with strong community participation elements can help build community cohesion and leadership, and become springboards for other community-driven programs.
- Opposing poorly-planned development and preserving open space can reduce paved areas, helping to recharge groundwater, and reduce runoff volume and pollution.

Grants will be awarded up to a maximum amount of $25,000.

Most grants are for a one year period; however, it is permitted to request a shorter or longer grant period.

The applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization, fiscally-sponsored by a 501(c)3, or a governmental or tribal entity. If you have a compelling project and do not have 501(c)(3 status, the Rose Foundation may be willing to act as your fiscal sponsor for this grant proposal.

Groups of any size are eligible to apply.

The applicant must demonstrate the capacity to complete the proposed project, including experience in successfully conducting similar or otherwise related work in the past.

Preference will be given to projects that directly benefit the Green-Duwamish River watershed and Central and North Puget Sound from Tacoma to Mt. Vernon.

The following activities or types of projects will not be funded:

- Endowment, land acquisition, capital improvement (unless proposed project directly improves water quality) or other similar projects
- Grants to individuals
- Grants to for-profit businesses
- Grants for general operating support
- Grants for projects that are not Puget Sound-related.

Organizations with an annual budget of $100,000 or less are encouraged to apply for a grant of $10,000 or less.

Eligibility requirements:

Instructions on how to apply:

- Spring 2017 applications are due March 1, 2017.
- Fall 2017 applications are due September 1, 2017.

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

Apply online:

Kevin Hendrick, Grants Manager

Tim Little, Executive Director

Laura Fernandez, Grants Associate

Rose Foundation
1970 Broadway, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612-2218

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