Rose Foundation administers a series of grantmaking funds (all listed below). Each fund has distinct eligibility criteria and scope of work that it supports. Each fund has distinct and separate application processes and deadlines. The Foundation generally discourages applicants from applying to more than one fund at the same time. Prospective applicants should:
- Review our grantmaking Funds (listed below),
- Determine the best fit for your organization and if it is accepting LOIs or applications,
- Read the application instructions for that Fund and apply by the deadline using our online system, and
- Sign for up our RFP alerts for future grant opportunities by clicking here.
ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTS | GRASSROOTS FUNDS
CONSUMER PROTECTION & PRIVACY GRANTS
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP PROJECT
HOW TO APPLY | REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS
Rose Foundation administers numerous environmental grants funds, including two separate grassroots-oriented funds in California; watershed-oriented funds in California, Washington and Oregon; and placed-based funds which generally operate on a county-specific level, as well as other specialized funds. Each fund generally has its own unique issue focus and/or geographic scope, and most funds have separate application processes. Prospective applicants should carefully review the following fund descriptions, and follow the application instructions for the fund which is the best fit for their program.
Applicants from small organizations, or those who have minimal experience applying for a foundation grant, should probably review the Grassroots Grants below.
The California Watershed Protection Fund accepts applications for projects designed to benefit the water quality of many of California’s watersheds. Due to fluctuations in the funding that supports the Watersheds Fund, the specific watersheds that are eligible may change periodically. Check the Eligibility Section for current watersheds.
A new grants program designed to maximize the benefits to disadvantaged communities working on water quality issues in the Central Valley and Sacramento Valley areas.
The Columbia River Fund supports non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting and restoring the Columbia River watershed, and honoring the historical uses of the watershed while preserving fish and wildlife so that the Columbia River watershed will be healthy and productive in perpetuity.
The Grays Harbor/Chehalis River Watershed Fund was established in order to improve the water quality of the Chehalis River Watershed and the Grays Harbor Estuary in Washington State.
The Kern County Air Pollution Mitigation Fund fulfills the intent of a series of settlements between the Sierra Club and residential building developers in the Bakersfield area. It supports direct, pro-active projects in Kern County designed to reduce particulate or ozone air pollution.
The Puget Sound/Salish Sea Watershed Fund supports physical projects or other on-the-ground work for physical improvements for the benefit of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea in the Whatcom, Skagit or San Juan County area.
The Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund is dedicated to protecting the water quality of Puget Sound. It has both a Watershed Grants element and a Grassroots Grants element.
The Southeast Madera County Responsible Growth Fund was created to fulfill the intent of a settlement between the Madera Oversight Coalition and Castle and Cooke to encourage comprehensive environmental planning and responsible growth policies in Madera County.
The Mike Chappell Fund for the Spokane River supports environmental project activities that will improve the water quality of the Spokane River Watershed.
Our Grassroots Funds award small grants to small community-based groups. Applicants’ previous fiscal year’s expenses must be $100,000 or less to be eligible. We currently have three grassroots funds in California and the Puget Sound.
The Anthony Grassroots Prize was established by environmental activist Juliette Anthony in 1999. The Anthony Prize recognizes an outstanding example of grassroots environmental stewardship over the previous year with a $1,000 award.
To support efforts to preserve California’s wildlands. Applications are reviewed quarterly. Emergency requests for funding are accepted.
The Grassroots Fund supports small grassroots groups throughout greater northern California (Santa Barbara and Kern Counties and all California counties to the north) that are tackling tough environmental problems including toxic pollution, urban sprawl, sustainable agriculture, climate change, environmental degradation of our rivers and wild places, as well as, of our communities and our health. Maximum grant size is $5,000.
Applicants whose annual income/expenses are below $100,000 are strongly encouraged to apply to the Grassroots Fund. Grassroots Grants will range from $1,000 – $10,000. After receiving a grant, all Grassroots Fund grantees will also become eligible for supplemental organizational capacity-building assistance, including scholarships to attend trainings related to accounting, fundraising, planning, board development, communications, media, database development and similar topics.
CONSUMER PROTECTION & PRIVACY GRANTS
Rose Foundation administers consumer funds to address the issues of consumer privacy and financial education. Please review the individual fund descriptions and eligibility requirements to determine which fund is the best fit for your project.
The Consumer Financial Education Fund supports projects that relate to consumer financial education, with an emphasis on issues related to large financial institutions, basic banking, access to financial services and retail banking accounts.
The goal of the Consumer Privacy Rights Fund is to support projects that promote and preserve the privacy rights of consumers through public education campaigns, advocacy of consumer privacy rights, and/or research related to the preservation of consumer privacy rights.
The Consumer Products Fund was created to help consumers understand product labeling and the potential health impacts of product ingredients by promoting awareness about the nature of the ingredients in the products they purchase, such as whether products are “natural,” and to promote truth-in-labeling and required warnings and disclosures.
The Community Leadership Project is a joint effort of the David and Lucile Packard, James Irvine and the William and Flora Hewlett foundations to build the capacity of community-based organizations serving low-income people and communities of color. As a part of Community Leadership Project (or CLP) the Rose Foundation will support 9 San Francisco Bay Area organizations over a 3-year period to help them strengthen their leadership, become more financially stable and resilient to changing conditions. The Community Leadership Project grantees have been chosen. It is not possible to apply to this fund.
How To Apply
We have several of our grantmaking funds on an online grant system. Please read these tips before starting your application. You can also return to an application you’ve already started by clicking on the link below.
If your group is awarded a grant, you must provide a grant report by the date listed in your grant contract.