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Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund

Grants to Washington Nonprofits and Agencies to
Protect Water Quality in Puget Sound and the Salish Sea

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Washington nonprofits and governmental and tribal entities for programs that protect and improve the water quality of the Salish Sea and/or Puget Sound and their ecosystems. Preference will be given to proposals that also advance environmental justice.

In addition to anticipating proposals from larger organizations, the Foundation has specifically reserved some of the grant funds for smaller grassroots organizations and encourages proposals from local, volunteer-based groups and environmental justice oriented organizations.

Projects Supported: The project must be designed to improve (or prevent degradation of) the water quality of Puget Sound and its watershed. Funding is particularly targeted to the following areas:

- Eastern shore of Puget Sound from Olympia to the Canadian border.
- South Sound, including the Tacoma Narrows area and the Puyallup watershed.
- Central Sound and Elliott Bay, including the Green Duwamish River watershed and Hamm Creek.
- The North Central Sound, including Quilceda Creek and Snohomish River Estuary.
- Nooksack River and the Lummi River watershed.

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 sediment 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.
- Public access in disadvantaged and urbanized areas, which traditionally have disproportionally less areas dedicated to parks and open spaces.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179821

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded up to a maximum amount of $25,000. Organizations with an annual budget of $100,000 or less are encouraged to apply for a grant of $10,000 or less.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 or Salish Sea-related.

Pre-Application Information:


Spring Round
- Applications due March 2, 2018.
- Grant awards announced April 2018

Fall Round
- Applications due September 14, 2018.
- Grant awards announced November 2018

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Contact Information:

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
(510) 658-0702 x301

For technical questions or assistance with the application system, please contact:

Laura Fernandez, Program Officer
(510) 658-0702 x304

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Puget Sound and the Salish Sea