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Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Governmental and Tribal Entities,
and IHEs for Projects Related to Water Quality

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Rose Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/18/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $40,000 to Washington nonprofit organizations, governmental and tribal entities, and IHEs for projects related to the water quality of eligible bodies of water. Preference will be given to projects that benefit underserved communities. Funding is intended to improve or prevent degradation of the water quality of Puget Sound and its watershed.

The Fund’s goal is to mitigate past pollution runoff by supporting community-based efforts to protect or improve the water quality of Puget Sound. Project proposals centered around equity and with strong community involvement and participation are especially encouraged to apply. Applications from environmental justice and equity centered organizations are strongly encouraged.

The Foundation particularly encourages proposals that will benefit water quality in the following areas:

  • The waters of central Puget Sound, especially
    • Elliott Bay
    • Duwamish River Watershed, with a preference for projects that relate to the intersection of water quality and human health, including aerial deposition of pollutants, in the Duwamish River watershed and associated food chains.
    • Commencement Bay in the Tacoma area
  • The waters of South Sound, especially Budd Inlet
  • There are limited funds for the Eastern shore of Puget Sound from Mt. Vernon to the Canadian border, including the eastern part of the Salish Sea

Here are some examples of the types of projects that are eligible for funding:

  • 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 underserved and urbanized areas, which traditionally have disproportionally fewer areas dedicated to parks and open spaces.

For additional examples, see https://rosefdn.org/puget-sound-stewardship-mitigation-fund/eligibility.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179821

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $40,000. If your organization has an annual budget of $100,000 or less, the Foundation recommends applying for a grant of $10,000 or less.

Term of Contract:

Most grants are for a one year period; however, you do not have to ask for a one year grant. It is permitted to request a shorter or longer grant period if that is what you need.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In the 2020 grants cycle, the Fund is open to organizations of any size.

The applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization, fiscally-sponsored by a 501(c)3, or a governmental or tribal entity. If your small neighborhood-based organization has a compelling project, the Rose Foundation may be willing to act as your fiscal sponsor for this grant proposal. Please contact the Foundation for details. Nonprofit colleges, universities, university clinics, and graduate programs are eligible to apply, but university overhead is limited to 5% of grant award.

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.

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 are due March 6, 2020. The application process will open in by February.
- Grant awards will be announced at the end of April 2020.

Fall Round:
- Applications are due September 18, 2020. The application process will open by mid-August
- Grant awards will be announced December 2020.

Organizations that have been funded may re-apply after their grant report has been submitted and approved. After three consecutive years of funding, the Foundation asks groups to step back and wait two years before reapplying.

Instructions for Online Grant Submissions: https://rosefdn.org/instructions
Eligibility and Priorities: https://rosefdn.org/puget-sound-stewardship-mitigation-fund/eligibility

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://rosefdn.org/onlineapplication

For more information, contact:

Kevin Hendrick, Grants Manager
khendrick@rosefdn.org
510-658-0702

Tim Little, Executive Director
tlittle@rosefdn.org
(510) 658-0702 x301

For technical questions or assistance with the application system, please contact:
Laura Fernandez, Program Officer
lfernandez@rosefdn.org
(510) 658-0702 x304

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

phone (510) 658-0702
fax (510) 658-0732

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