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.

Deadlines

Spring Round

  • Letters of Inquiry are due February 16th at 5PM PST
  • Invited Applications are due April 13th at 5PM PST
  • Grant awards will be announced May 2018

Fall Round

  • Letters of Inquiry are due August 17th at 5PM PST.
  • Invited Applications are due October 12th at 5PM PST
  • Grant awards will be announced December 2018

Eligibility and Priorities

The California Watershed Protection Fund is currently accepting applications related to the following: Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta and their watersheds (including American River, Feather River, and Lake Oroville), Southern California Bight and Los Angeles area watersheds (including Santa Ana River and San Gabriel River), Humboldt Bay, Mad River, San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, 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.

GRANT REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

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