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. We anticipate that this funding process will be very competitive and most grants awarded will be in the $7,500 – $25,000 range. While the Rose Foundation welcomes proposals from small grassroots conservation and environmental justice groups, 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 14, 2020.
  • Invited Applications are due April 17, 2020.
  • Grant awards will be announced May.


Fall Round

  • Letters of Inquiry are due August 14, 2020. The application process will open July 15, 2020.
  • Invited Applications are due October 16, 2020.
  • Grant awards will be announced December, 2020.


Eligibility and Priorities

View the fund’s eligibility and priorities. 

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 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.


Laura Fernandez, Program Officer
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