California Watershed Protection Fund

About the Fund

The California Watershed Protection Fund is enabled by court-ordered environmental mitigation payments. Most of the mitigation payments relate to federal Clean Water Act problems and are limited to supporting projects designed to benefit the surface 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. Maximum grant amount of $40,000 with most grants expected to range between $10,000 and $30,000. All applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong track record of community-based water quality stewardship.  The Rose Foundation welcomes proposals from small grassroots conservation and environmental justice groups, but if your organization is really new or very small we urge you to consider applying to our California Environmental Grassroots Fund instead.


There will be a round of funding in fall of 2024. Check back to this page for updates or sign up for RFP alerts by clicking here.

Eligibility and Priorities

This funding process is competitive, and most grants will be awarded to community-oriented grassroots groups as well as to organizations with a strong track record of community-based water quality work. We especially encourage projects that involve impacted communities, benefit vulnerable populations, and that are centered around principles of equity and environmental justice.

View the fund’s eligibility, priorities, and geographic restrictions. 

Note: In order to make space for new applicants, organizations that have been funded may only re-apply in the next cycle after their grant report has been submitted and approved. This means that organizations with an active grant from this Fund are not eligible to reapply.


How To Apply

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

If you would like to schedule a time to speak with a Rose Foundation Program Officer about the California Watershed Protection Fund, please use this link.



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. Any signage or publicly distributed materials related to a funded project must display the following acknowledgement:

Support for (Project Name) was provided by the California Watershed Protection Fund, a grantmaking fund administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment with support from several key citizen enforcement organizations. (NOTE: Your grant contract will specify which of the following organizations should be acknowledged).



Gabriel Rosenstein, Grants Administration and Contracts Lead
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Jodene Isaacs, Mitigation Funds Director
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