California Watershed Protection Fund

About the Fund

The California Watershed Protection Fund supports projects designed to benefit the water quality of many of California’s watersheds and their ecosystems. Due to funding fluctuations, the specific watersheds eligible for grants may vary – please check the list of currently eligible watersheds. Please understand that this funding process is very competitive, and most grants are awarded to well-established organizations with a strong track record of community-based water quality stewardship. If your organization is new or small (under $100,000 annual expenses), we urge you to consider applying to our Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund instead.


Spring Round

  • Letters of Inquiry are due February 15th at 5PM PST
  • Invited Applications are due April 14th at 5PM PST
  • Grant awards will be announced May 2017

Fall Round

  • Letters of Inquiry are due August 15th at 5PM PST.
  • Invited Applications are due October 10th at 5PM PST
  • Grant awards will be announced December 2017

Eligibility and Priorities

The California Watershed Protection Fund is currently accepting applications related to the following: watersheds and coastal waters of Southern California Bight with an emphasis on the Los Angeles Area and the Santa Ana River, especially in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, Monterey Bay (including Pajaro River, Elkhorn Slough and local Santa Cruz County watersheds), Humboldt Bay, Sacramento River, San Joaquin River, Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, and Russian River. In order to make space for new applicants, grantees who received funding within the last 12 months are discouraged from applying this round. Click here for more on eligibility and priorities.

How To Apply

Please check all eligibility requirements before starting the online application. Click here to read the instructions for LOIs and applications and how to use our online system.


If your group is awarded a grant, you must provide a final grant report within one year of receiving the money, or before your group can receive additional funding. Click here for the grant reporting instructions.


Tim Little, Executive Director
Email: tlittle[AT] (please replace AT with @)

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