About the Fund
The Anthony Grassroots Environmental Prize was established in 1999 by environmental activist Juliette Anthony. Every year, the Prize recognizes an outstanding example of grassroots environmental activism in California with public recognition and a $1,000 cash award. Learn more about the eligibility and nomination process here.
Our 20 years of Anthony Grassroots Prize winners include Comité Progreso de Lamont, Theresa Harlan, Marily Woodhouse, Winnemem Wintu Tribal Chief Caleen Sisk, Chris Hwang, Regina Chichizola, and so many more. Read detailed biographies about past Anthony Grassroots Prize winners and their work here.
Find more information about eligibility and the nomination process here.
About Juliette Anthony
The Anthony Grassroots Prize was established in 1999 by environmental activist, Juliette Anthony. Ms. Anthony devoted most of her life to protecting natural habitats and promoting renewable energy – almost always as a volunteer helping to mobilize grassroots community power. She is recognized for helping to prohibit a development in the Santa Monica Mountains which successfully resulted in the acquisition of the 2000 acre Ahmanson Ranch in 2005, and the 440 acre Soka University property (the former Gillette Ranch) in early 2005 for permanent dedicated open space.
Her long and varied professional career included working as a Research Librarian at Harvard College Library, the New York Public Library on 42nd Street, the University of Virginia Library, and the UCLA Theatre Arts Library. She also served as Film & Music Librarian at the Beverly Hills and Santa Monica Libraries. But her true passion in life was the preservation of our fragile planet, and she was a politically active and passionate supporter of environmental causes and social justice. In addition to her long tenure on the Rose Foundation’s Advisory Board, over the course of her lifetime she maintained deep volunteer relationships with Heal the Bay, Coalition for Clean Air and Communities for a Better Environment, and numerous successful movements to preserve open space in California. She was a long-time renewable energy consultant and was an early advocate for solar power. In addition to her environmental work, she volunteered at the Venice Family Clinic, Lieu-Cap Shelter for Women and Children in Venice, CA and CLARE Foundation and most recently, for the REST program in San Rafael, CA.
Juliette’s commitment to the power of grassroots environmental stewardship led her to serve on the Rose Foundation’s pre-launch Advisory Board, helping catalyze the launch of the Rose Foundation in 1993. She endowed the Anthony Grassroots Prize in 1999 and for many years Juliette led the Prize’s annual review of nominations. Juliette passed away in 2022, and the Rose Foundation is proud to continue the Anthony Grassroots Prize as a living testament to Juliette’s activism: caring for other people and fighting for a more just, healthy and compassionate world.