Grassroots Grantees

Of the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund

This list only contains grassroots grantees from 2014 and 2013. For an interactive database of all of our grantees click here.

Spring 2014
(announced March 27, 2014)

350 Sacramento
For Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change
Sacramento County
$2,000
For a town hall meeting that will bring together individuals, organizations, agencies, and elected officials to develop creative solutions and empower people to take action on climate change.

All One Ocean
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Earth Island Institute
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Sonoma Counties
$5,000
For a community-generated response to marine pollution in Northern California by educating and empowering beachgoers to clean up beach trash (80% of ocean trash comes from the land).

Arc Ecology
For General Support
Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Solano Counties
$4,000
To provide technical services and support to disadvantaged communities so they can assert their voice in projects and policies that affect their health and environment. Projects include radiologic and toxics threats to residents on Treasure Island, a Hunters Point Shipyard cleanup, and remediation of Yosemite Slough from PCBs and other toxins in San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood.

Central Coast Forest Watch
For Forest and Watershed Protection
Calaveras, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Tuolumne Counties
$5,000
To protect the forests and watersheds of California's Central Coast and the Sierra Nevada in order to protect old growth forests, promote Coho salmon recovery, protect public drinking water sources, and reduce clear-cutting.

The Compost Club
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: North Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council
Sonoma County
$2,750
For waste reduction education and the construction of 3 to 5 vermiculture composting systems at schools, a senior center and a Boys and Girls Club in Sonoma County. Their current 15 sites divert more than 45,000 pounds per year of compost and food waste from landfills.

Friends of Calwa, Inc.
For Champions for Parks & Recreation Project
Fresno County
$2,500
To improve the health of Calwa residents by creating healthy spaces for people to live and play. 90% of Calwa residents are Latino and 40% live in poverty. Residents lack access to healthy and affordable food, are exposed to air pollutants and other toxics, and lack access to public green spaces.

Friends of Del Norte Conservation Council
For Restoring the West's Largest Coastal Lagoon to Wildness Project
Del Norte County
$5,000
To seek permanent protection for the wildlands and wetlands of the Lake Earl Lagoon region, the largest coastal lagoon in the western U.S. and an important wildlife refuge on the Pacific Flyway.

Great Shasta Rail Trail Association
For General Support
Shasta and Siskiyou Counties
$2,000
To perform trail maintenance, develop promotion materials and create signs for the 80-miles of railroad corridor that is being converted to a recreational trail that connects 2 rural towns, and will preserve the surrounding natural environment, aquatic wildlife, and habitat.

Growing Together
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: People United For A Better Life in Oakland (PUEBLO)
Alameda County
$5,000
To help underserved Bay Area residents plant fruit trees in their neighborhoods. The trees will make urban spaces greener and more attractive, provide residents with healthy food, and help build a stronger sense of community.

Higher Gliffs / Community Rejuvenation Project
For Seeds of Style: Urban Garden Murals in Richmond
Contra Costa County
$2,500
To engage disadvantaged youth in their communities through a mural project that will create food justice themed murals at several community gardens in Richmond. The murals will help promote the community gardens, increase youth participation in the gardens, and promote healthy eating.

Noyo Food Forest
For General Support
Mendocino County
$5,000
To increase the amount of produce grown at their community gardens so they can provide most of the produce used by the 2,000-student school district in Fort Bragg. Other projects include a summer youth internship program, nutrition and cooking classes, and a Learning Garden at Fort Bragg High School.

Noyo Headlands Unified Design Group
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Cloud Forest Institute
Mendocino County
$1,500
For remediation, restoration, and redevelopment of the 434-acre oceanfront property in downtown Fort Bragg that was formerly a lumber mill. Efforts include working to daylight and restore two creeks and advocating for the cleanup of toxics on the former mill site.

Red, Bike and Green
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: East Bay Bicycle Coalition
Alameda and San Francisco Counties
$2,500
Promotes bike riding amongst African Americans and engages riders on issues of health, environmental justice, access to transportation and sustainable development, all of which are inextricably linked to urban, low-income communities of color.

SPAWNERS
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: The Watershed Project
Contra Costa County
$3,000
To enhance and protect the health of the San Pablo Creek Watershed, including water quality monitoring, creek restoration and re-vegetation workdays, native plant demonstration gardens and service-learning workdays for students.

Sustainable Fairfax, Inc.
For General Support
Marin County
$2,000
To empower people to take action on issues such as climate change, zero waste, food security, and water conservation. They will build a "Sustainable Garden" in downtown Fairfax that will demonstrate low-water sustainable gardening and provide an educational space for workshops and events.

Watertrough Children's Alliance
For The CEQA Litigation Project
Fiscal Sponsor: O.W.L. Foundation
Sonoma County
$5,000
For litigation to ensure that large-scale vineyard conversions in Sonoma County undergo proper environmental review, specifically the effects of pesticide drift on the 700 children attending school next to a proposed vineyard on Watertrough Road.

Wolf Creek Community Alliance
For General Support
Nevada County
$5,000
To protect and restore the Wolf Creek watershed through water quality monitoring, invasive plant removal, replanting native plants, meadow restoration, assessing the impact of abandoned mine sites on the watershed, and advocacy for low-impact development, creek setbacks and creek friendly landscaping.


Winter 2013

(announced December 16, 2013)

Community Garden Network of Sonoma
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Daily Acts
Sonoma County
$5,000
To increase access to healthy, affordable food by strengthening community gardens throughout the county, with a special emphasis on lower income neighborhoods.

El Quinto Sol de America
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Pesticide Action Network NA
Tulare County
$5,000
To educate Tulare County residents about air and water pollution in their communities, and to mobilize them to advocate for policies that prevent or reduce pollution.

Foothills Water Network
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Alliance
El Dorado County
$5,000
To improve aquatic health, restore salmon and enhance recreational opportunities along 300 river miles of the Yuba, Bear and American rivers through collaborative negotiations in the relicensing of three hydropower projects.

Go Next Generation
For Green Schools - Youth In Nature Initiative
Marin County
$2,500
For hands-on learning in school gardens, eco-adventure field trips and school-wide ecological learning events for schools in Marin County with a high number of students who come from low-income families.

Habitat 2020
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Environmental Council of Sacramento
Sacramento County
$4,000
To curb urban sprawl and preserve the world-class natural resources of the Sacramento Valley with a regional conservation vision for parks, preserves, and agriculture.

Incorporate Olympic Valley
For Incorporation of Olympic Valley
Fiscal Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Alliance
Placer County
$5,000
For a grassroots effort to incorporate Olympic Valley as a town, giving the local community control over land-use planning to avert a large-scale development in the valley that would nearly double the number of living units in the valley.

Morro Coast Audubon Society
For Turning the Tide: Sweet Springs Preserve Restoration
San Luis Obispo County
$2,000
For restoration of severely degraded coastal dune scrub habitat in a nature preserve located along the shores of the Morro Bay National Estuary, a major stopover for migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway.

Movimiento
For General Support
Alameda County
$2,500
Supports underserved youth in Oakland and Nevada City in becoming leaders through urban-rural cultural exchange, leadership training, backpacking and outdoor experiences, farming, indigenous gatherings, and a service learning trip.

Oakland Food Policy Council
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Earth Island Institute
Alameda County
$5,000
To establish an equitable and sustainable food system in Oakland. The 21-seat council advances forward-thinking policies that will protect natural resources while increasing access to affordable, healthy, and sustainable food.

Re-volv
For General Support
San Francisco County
$5,000
Re-volv conducts grassroots financing to support community-based solar energy projects that benefit nonprofit organizations, reducing the threat of climate change and building local community resilience.

Sacramento Area Creeks Council
For Creek Week 2014
Sacramento County
$3,000
For Creek Week, where more than 2,000 volunteers will remove 20-tons of man-made garbage and 115-cubic yards of invasive plants at 60 sites on 32 miles of waterways and natural streams in Sacramento County.

Sierra Club Redwood Chapter
For Redwood Chapter Forest Protection Campaign
Fiscal Sponsor: The Sierra Club Foundation
Sonoma and Mendocino County
$5,000
To protect forest habitats in Sonoma and Mendocino counties from environmentally harmful conversion of forests to vineyards.

Sierra Water Work Group
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Alliance
El Dorado County
$5,000
To protect and enhance water quality, water supply, and watershed health by developing a cooperative regional response to protect and enhance Sierra watersheds, which supplies 60% of water used statewide.

Small World
For Sierra House Elementary Growing Dome Project
Fiscal Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Alliance
El Dorado County
$5,000
To teach students and the community good nutrition, how to grow food sustainably, and about energy efficient design by planning, constructing and managing a self-sufficient growing dome at Sierra House Elementary.


Fall 2013
(announced October 18, 2013)

California Hydropower Reform Coalition
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Friends of the River
Statewide
$5,000
To advocate for increased stream flow, improved water quality and better habitat conditions during the relicensing of hydropower facilities across the state.

Friends of Knowland Park

For Knowland Park Media and Legal Campaign
Fiscal Sponsor: East Bay Chapter, California Native Plant Society
Alameda County
$4,000
To protect native wildlife habitat and preserve open space in Knowland Park from a plan to expand the Oakland Zoo. Knowland Park is the largest remaining parcel of wildlands open space in Oakland and is owned by the City.

Growing Leaders

For General Support
Alameda County
$2,000
To train at-risk high school youth to be cooking and gardening peer educators and employ them at the cooking and gardening program at Willard Middle School in Berkeley.

High Sierra Rural Alliance
For General Support
Sierra County
$5,000
To protect valuable habitat, natural resources, and wildlands in Sierra and Plumas Counties from unwise development.

McCloud Local First Network
For Great Shasta Rail Trail Concept Plan
Siskiyou County
$5,000
To convert 80-miles of an old railway to a trail that will connect two rural towns, preserve a historic and scenic railroad corridor, and protect the surrounding natural environment, aquatic wildlife, and habitat.

River Otter Ecology Project
For General Support
Marin County
$5,000
To foster public and organizational participation in restoration and conservation of watersheds across the Bay Area by illustrating the linkages between the recovery of local river otter populations and healthy waterways.

Save Auburn Ravine Salmon & Steelhead
For General Support
Placer County
$5,000
To return salmon and steelhead to the thirty-three mile length of Auburn Ravine, and to serve as a model for organizations serving other spawning sites along the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers.

Sierra Club, Santa Lucia Chapter
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: The Sierra Club Foundation
San Luis Obispo County
$5,000
For projects that reduce climate change, restore the health of our oceans, and protect wildlife habitat and local ecosystems.

Southeast Greenway Campaign
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy
Sonoma County
$5,000
To work towards the creation of a 2-mile, 300-foot wide greenway through southeast Santa Rosa. The greenway holds the potential for bike, running and walking paths, safe routes to schools, community gardens, pocket parks, wildlife corridors, native trees and plant restoration.

Watershed Alliance of Marin

For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Marin Link
Marin County
$2,000
To serve as an information center, policy advocate and to provide legal support for groups working to protect Marin's watersheds, salmonids and natural resources.

Women's Mountain Passages

For Digging In: Experiential Agroecology
Plumas County
$5,000
For a nutrition education program in Plumas County that increases elementary students' understanding of agriculture's relationship to the environment and the interconnected nature of agriculture, ecology, and society.


Summer 2013
(announced July 1, 2013)

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
Alameda County
$4,000
For summer youth programs and year-round urban farm that creates a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth and families in the low-income area of East Oakland.

AGUA-La Asociacion de Gente Unida por el Agua
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
Tulare County
$4,500
To educate the public and policymakers about water contamination in the San Joaquin Valley, and to organize communities to advocate for effective regulatory measures to protect drinking water.

Conservation Action Fund for Education
For General Support
Sonoma County
$3,500
To organize and empower the next generation of grassroots environmental leaders in Sonoma County, by organizing 5 core teams, conducting trainings, and building skills by working on local environmental campaigns.

Eel River Recovery Project
For ERRP 2013 Water Temperature and Flow Monitoring Project
Fiscal Sponsor: Trees Foundation
Humboldt County
$4,000
For volunteer water quality and fisheries monitoring, including placement of temperature probes and time lapse cameras to monitor flow. Findings will be posted on their website and publicized through meetings to promote community action to improve the Eel River.

Indigenous Permaculture
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Ecology Center
Alameda County
$1,000
Workshops for Native American youth about indigenous methods of land stewardship and food production including alternative energy and efficient water technologies.

Klamath Forest Alliance
For General Support
Humboldt County
$4,000
To protect millions of acres of remote and rugged North Coast watersheds by monitoring timber sales on public land, documenting the effects of fire suppression, and through litigation.

League of Women Voters of Fresno
For CEQA Lawsuit Appeal
Fresno County
$4,000
For a legal challenge of a proposed 2,500-unit retirement community which lacks adequate transportation or municipal infrastructure and whose wastewater treatment facility will be adjacent to the San Joaquin River flood plan.

Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center
For General Support
Siskiyou County
$4,000
To protect the natural environment of Mount Shasta and the Sacramento River watershed from industrial threats such as a geothermal facility that threatens the aquifer and sacred Native American sites.

No Penny Opera
General Support
San Francisco County
$4,000
To grow, collect and distribute organic, locally grown produce and bread through a free farm stand for low-income residents.

OneFam/Bikes 4 Life
For Re-Cycle a Bike Program
Alameda County
$4,000
To improve the air quality and health of residents in West Oakland, by promoting bicycle transportation through a job-training program which employs formerly incarcerated youth to repair used bicycles and sell them to low-income residents at an affordable price.

ORV Watch Kern County
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Peace Development Fund
Kern County
$1,500
To curb illegal off-road vehicle use on public and private lands, including areas around the Pacific Crest Trail and Native American cultural sites.

Placer Group Sierra Club
For Environmental Protection and Conservation in Placer County
Fiscal Sponsor: The Sierra Club Foundation
Placer County
$4,000
To protect natural resources and conserve land zoned as agriculture, farm, and open space from environmentally destructive projects in Placer County.

Raptors are the Solution
For Faces of Rat Poison Campaign
Fiscal Sponsor: Earth Island Institute
San Francisco County
$3,000
To educate the public about the dangers of using rat poisons to wildlife, pets and children.

Sugar Pine Foundation
For Student Sugar Pine Planting in Tahoe
El Dorado County
$3,000
To conduct two field trips with middle school students to plant 500 blister rust resistant sugar pines on 10 acres in South Lake Tahoe.

Tolowa Dunes Stewards
For Stop ORVs and Youth Connect with Wetlands and Dunes
Fiscal Sponsor: Smith River Alliance
Del Norte County
$4,000
To protect and restore 11,000 acres of unique coastal dune, estuarine and wetland habitats bordering the Pacific Ocean that is threatened by illegal off-road vehicles and invasive exotic species.

Washoe Meadows Community
For Protect Washoe Meadows Project
Fiscal Sponsor: Resource Renewal Institute
El Dorado County
$3,000
To protect Washoe Meadows State Park and its natural, cultural and recreational resources from the impacts of a proposed golf course.

WildPlaces
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
Tulare County
$4,000
For on-the-ground stewardship and restoration activities in the Sequoia National Monument by youth from underserved communities and adult volunteers.


Spring 2013
(announced 4/1/2013)

All One Ocean
For Beach Clean Up Station and Education Project
Earth Island Institute
Marin County
$3,000
For beach cleanup stations at 12 beaches; to promote local schools and businesses to conduct beach cleanups; and for a pilot program to educate students about the dangers of marine debris, especially plastic trash, to marine life, ocean ecosystems and human health.

Campesinas Unidas Del Valle De San Joaquin
For General Support
Tulare County
$5,000
To educate low-income campesina (farmworker) communities about the health hazards of pesticide drift, and to help them advocate for more health-protective pesticide policies.

Central Coast Forest Watch
For Forest and Watershed Protection
Santa Cruz County
$2,000
To protect the forests and watersheds of California's Central Coast and the Sierra Nevada in order to protect old growth forests, promote Coho salmon recovery, and protect public drinking water sources.

Friends of Del Norte Conservation Council
For Restoring the Largest Coastal Lagoon in the West
Del Norte County
$5,000
To seek permanent protection for the wildlands and wetlands of the Lake Earl Lagoon region, the largest coastal lagoon in the western US and an important wildlife refuge on the Pacific Flyway.

Green Sangha
For Teen Environmental Leadership Academy
Marin County
$5,000
For a hands-on summer environmental leadership program for underserved teens who will learn sustainability practices with an emphasis on permaculture and indigenous practices, public speaking and advocacy

Growing Together
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: PUEBLO
Alameda County
$5,000
To help underserved Bay Area residents plant and nurture fruit trees in their neighborhoods. The trees will make urban spaces more green and attractive, provide healthy food, and create a stronger sense of community through neighborhood planting days and distributing the harvest.

Lake County Community Radio
For Clear Lake Watershed Watch
Lake County
$5,000
Support for the nonprofit community radio station KPFZ to provide ongoing education about the protection of the Clear Lake watershed, the largest fresh water lake in California. KPFZ will host a bi-weekly radio show called "Watershed Watch" and conduct 3 water quality monitoring days in conjunction with the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians.

Noyo Food Forest
For Garden Within Reach
Mendocino County
$2,500
For a handicap accessible community garden with raised beds at wheelchair and standing height, so that seniors and people with developmental disabilities can grow healthy organic food.

Partners for Sustainable Pollination
For General Support
Sonoma County
$5,000
To improve the health of honeybees and other pollinators through the Bee Friendly Farming (BFF) initiative, a self-certification program for farmers, gardeners, schools, and others who adopt practices that support bees.

Sonoma County Water Coalition
For Russian River ISRP Peer Reviews
OWL Foundation
Sonoma County
$5,000
To give community input on an assessment process of the Russian River watershed including the ecological impact of human ground and surface water usage.

Sustainable Fairfax, Inc.
For General Support
Marin County
$3,000
For a town-wide zero waste initiative in Fairfax; workshops on beekeeping, composting, and food preservation; events including a film series, Eco Festival and holiday crafts fair; and advocacy on toxic reduction and GMO labeling.

Wolf Creek Community Alliance
For General Support
Nevada County
$5,000
For water quality monitoring of Wolf Creek; to assist city and county resource managers on proper stream management and wetland protection; restoration programs that remove invasive non-native plants and replant native plants; and public education and outreach programs.