Eligibility and Priorities Columbia River Fund

The Fund is not currently accepting applications.

Eligibility for a 2016 grant from the Columbia River Fund (the Fund), the applicant and project met all of the following criteria:

  • The project must be designed to protect clean water in the Columbia River. In the 2016 grants opportunity, there was a strong preference towards proposals that directly relate to addressing the impacts or threats of toxic pollution and temperature change on the Columbia River, including work in Spokane, Tri-Cities, the Columbia River Gorge, the Portland and Vancouver Metropolitan Area or the Columbia River Estuary.
  • The applicant must demonstrate the capacity to complete the proposed project, including experience in successfully conducting similar or otherwise related work in the past.
  • The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit, or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) non-profit; or a tribal entity.
  • Columbia Riverkeeper is not eligible to apply.

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 2016:

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.


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

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