Eligibility and Priorities Columbia River Fund

2017 grant eliginility from the Columbia River Fund (the Fund), the applicant and project must meet he following criteria:

  • Projects Supported: Projects designed to protect clean water in and benefit the Columbia River from Richland downstream to its mouth at Astoria. However projects that benefit the entire Columbia River watershed may be considered.
  • Applicant requirements: The applicant must demonstrate the capacity to complete the proposed project, including experience in successfully conducting similar or otherwise related work in the past.
  • Non-profit Status: The applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization, fiscally-sponsored by a 501(c)3, or a governmental or tribal entity.If your community-oriented organization lacks charitable status but has a compelling project, the Rose Foundation may be willing to act as your fiscal sponsor for this grant proposal.
  • Environmental Justice: While this is not specifically an environmental justice fund, supporting environmental and social justice is a core organizational value that guides all of the Rose Foundation’s programs. Applications from environmental justice organizations are strongly encouraged.
  • Duration of Support: Many applicants seek a one year grant. It is permitted to request a shorter or longer grant period if that is what you need. However, even if you are asking for multi-year support, the maximum request cannot exceed $25,000. After three consecutive years of funding, groups must wait two years before reapplying.


Examples of Allowable Projects and Activities

Here are some examples of the types of projects and activities that are eligible for funding. A project does not have to cover all of the topics or activities listed. While the Fund is open to proposals that may include activities or issues in addition to the following list, due to limited funds, applicants should recognize that the following types of projects have been designated as priorities for 2017:

Water quality monitoring and testing, especially if the project also includes an element that uses the data to promote enhanced water quality.
Watershed and water quality related public outreach and media outreach.
Community organizing advocacy and innovative legal strategies to prevent degradation of the watershed.
Policy development and/or and regulatory advocacy directed towards protecting the watershed.
Reasonable organizational expenses, including staff, related to these watershed improvement projects.

Examples of Projects that are Not Allowable

The following activities or types of projects will not be funded:

  • Endowment, capital improvement or other similar projects.
  • Grants to individuals.
  • Grants to for-profit businesses.
  • Grants for general operating support.
  • Grants for projects that are not primarily related to the Columbia River Watershed.
  • Grants for electoral involvement.
  • Grants for lobbying.
  • Grants for Columbia Riverkeeper.


Kevin Hendrick, Grants Manager
Email: khendrick-at-rosefdn.org

Laura Fernandez, Program Officer
lfernandez -at- rosefdn.org
(510) 658-0702 x304

Tim Little, Executive Director
tlittle -at- rosefdn.org
(510) 658-0702 x301

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