Central Coast Community-Based Water Quality Grants Program

About the Fund

The Central Coast Community-Based Water Quality Grants Program supports projects that water quality related projects in the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s jurisdiction, with an emphasis on projects that advance environmental justice and/or provide water quality benefits to underrepresented communities. This inaugural 2024 grant opportunity is enabled by a settlement received by the Central Coast Water Board to resolve alleged water permit violations by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company at its Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. The Rose Foundation is partnering with the Central Coast Water Board and the Bay Foundation of Morro Bay to offer this funding opportunity.  

Deadlines + Important Dates

  • Application available in our online grants portal May 6, 2024 
  • Applications due June 28, 2024 by 5:00 PM PT 
  • Grant awards will be announced by December 2024 
  • Grant projects to begin no earlier than January 1, 2025 


Please sign up here to receive notifications on Rose Foundation funding opportunities. 

Eligibility Criteria

Projects must be conducted within the jurisdiction of the Central Coast Water Board, identified as Region 3 on this map. Region 3 includes Southern Santa Clara (Morgan Hill and south), Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties, and small portions of Ventura, Kern, and San Mateo Counties. 

Projects must address one or more of the preferred topic areas to receive funding. Please see attached RFP for full eligibility and project type criteria: https://rosefdn.org/wp-content/uploads/Central-Coast-RFP-FINAL-2.pdf

To understand how your proposal will be evaluated, please review the Ranking and Selection Criteria document: https://rosefdn.org/wp-content/uploads/Central-Coast-Ranking-Criteria-FINAL.pdf

How To Apply

Start your application here: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=rosefdn 

A webinar recording reviewing the fund details and walking through the application process is available at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJkaIp9oEhU

a) Check Eligibility: Please check all eligibility requirements before starting the application.

b) Read the Application Instructions: Please read all of the instructions carefully and follow them step-by-step. To access our online application system instructions, please visit rosefdn.org/instructions 

c) Start your Application: The application must be submitted via our online system. Once you log onto the system, please specifically answer each question, and please be aware of the character limits that will be specified for your responses to each question.

Note that the application has several parts and may take some time to complete so it is recommended you start well in advance of the application deadline. You can view a PDF of the application questions at this link: rosefdn.org/wp-content/uploads/CC-question-list.pdf 

Applications for this fund are due June 28, 2024 at 5:00 PM PT.


Funding Board Members 

The Fund will be advised by a volunteer funding board of individuals who have tremendous expertise in water management and the Central Coast region of California. Click the heading above to read the bios of funding board members. 

Get In Touch

All questions regarding the Central Coast Community-Based Water Quality Grants Program should be directed by email to: 

Gabriel Rosenstein, Grants Administration and Contracts Lead
Email: grosenstein-at-rosefdn.org (please replace at with @) 

Jodene Isaacs, Mitigation Funds Director
Email: jisaacs-at-rosefdn.org (please replace at with @) 

Additionally, the Rose Foundation is offering 15-minute video call consultations for perspective applicants to this fund. If you would like to schedule a time to speak with a Rose Foundation Program Officer, use one of the links below. 

Schedule a meeting between May 28-June 28: https://calendly.com/grosenstein-rose/central-coast-grants-program-consultation 

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