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NOTICE: The Rose Foundation is a hybrid-remote organization. The best way to contact us is via email. If you have questions about grant modifications, please contact your program officer with your specific questions. If you are not sure who to contact, please email

Rose Foundation administers a series of grantmaking funds (all listed below). Each fund has distinct eligibility criteria and scope of work that it supports. Each fund has distinct and separate application processes and deadlines. The Foundation generally discourages applicants from applying to more than one fund at the same time. Prospective applicants should:

  • Review our grantmaking Funds (listed below),
  • Determine the best fit for your organization and if it is accepting LOIs or applications,
  • Read the application instructions for that Fund and apply by the deadline using our online system, and
  • Sign for up our RFP alerts for future grant opportunities by clicking here.



The Anthony Grassroots Environmental Prize was established in 1999 by environmental activist Juliette Anthony. Every year, the Prize recognizes an outstanding example of grassroots environmental activism in California with public recognition and a $1,000 cash award. Nominations will be open from February 28th to March 22nd. Learn more about the eligibility and nomination process here.


Rose Foundation administers numerous environmental grants funds, including two separate grassroots-oriented funds in California; watershed-oriented funds in California, Washington, and Oregon; and place-based funds which generally operate on a county-specific level, as well as other specialized funds. Each fund generally has its own unique issue focus and/or geographic scope, and most funds have separate application processes. Prospective applicants should carefully review the following fund descriptions, and follow the application instructions for the fund which is the best fit for their program.

Applicants from small organizations, or those who have minimal experience applying for a foundation grant, should probably review the Grassroots Grants below.

California Watershed Protection Fund

The California Watershed Protection Fund accepts applications for projects designed to benefit the water quality of many of California’s watersheds. Due to fluctuations in the funding that supports the Watersheds Fund, the specific watersheds that are eligible may change periodically. Check the Eligibility Section for current watersheds.

Central Valley Disadvantaged Community Water Quality Grants Program

A new grants program designed to maximize the benefits to disadvantaged communities working on water quality issues in the Central Valley and Sacramento Valley areas.

Columbia River Fund

The Columbia River Fund supports non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting and restoring the Columbia River Watershed, and honoring the historical uses of the watershed while preserving fish and wildlife so that the Columbia River watershed will be healthy and productive in perpetuity.

Grays Harbor/Chehalis River Watershed Fund

The Grays Harbor/Chehalis River Watershed Fund was established in order to improve the water quality of the Chehalis River Watershed and the Grays Harbor Estuary in Washington State.

Kern County Air Pollution Mitigation Fund

The Kern County Air Pollution Mitigation Fund fulfills the intent of a series of settlements between the Sierra Club and residential building developers in the Bakersfield area. It supports direct, proactive projects in Kern County designed to reduce particulate or ozone air pollution.

Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund

The Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund is dedicated to protecting the water quality of Puget Sound. It is open to a wide range of groups, from tiny grassroots groups to larger, established organizations.

Southeast Madera County Responsible Growth Fund

The Southeast Madera County Responsible Growth Fund was created to fulfill the intent of a settlement between the Madera Oversight Coalition and Castle and Cooke to encourage comprehensive environmental planning and responsible growth policies in Madera County.

The Mike Chappell Fund for the Spokane River

The Mike Chappell Fund for the Spokane River supports environmental project activities that will improve the water quality of the Spokane River Watershed.

California Wildlands Rapid Response Fund

To provide immediate support for the defense of California’s federal public lands against unprecedented threats to weaken, if not completely eliminate, America’s bedrock environmental laws and policies.

Grassroots Training Institute

To help grassroots environmental and social justice groups build community power by providing them with the skills, training, systems, and resources they need for long-term success.


Our Grassroots Funds award small grants to small community-based groups. We currently have three grassroots funds in California and one nationwide. Our Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund also grants to groups of grassroots size.

Anthony Grassroots Prize

The Anthony Grassroots Prize was established by environmental activist Juliette Anthony in 1999. The Anthony Prize recognizes an outstanding example of grassroots environmental stewardship over the previous year with a $1,000 award.

California Wildlands Grassroots Fund

To support efforts to preserve California’s wildlands. Applications are reviewed quarterly. Emergency requests for funding are accepted.

Grassroots Leadership Fund

To support local activists across the country, and the small groups they lead, with immediate resources to address the climate-driven urban flooding that impacts low-income, historically marginalized communities.

California Environmental Grassroots Fund

The Grassroots Fund supports small grassroots groups across California that are tackling tough environmental problems including toxic pollution, urban sprawl, sustainable agriculture, climate change, environmental degradation of our rivers and wild places, as well as, of our communities and our health. Maximum grant size is $5,000.


Rose Foundation administers consumer funds to address the issues of consumer privacy and financial education. Please review the individual fund descriptions and eligibility requirements to determine which fund is the best fit for your project.

Consumer Financial Education Fund

The Consumer Financial Education Fund supports projects that relate to consumer financial education, with an emphasis on issues related to large financial institutions, basic banking, access to financial services, and retail banking accounts.

Consumer Privacy Rights Fund 

The goal of the Consumer Privacy Rights Fund is to support projects that promote and preserve the privacy rights of consumers through public education campaigns, advocacy of consumer privacy rights, and/or research related to the preservation of consumer privacy rights.

Consumer Products Fund

The Consumer Products Fund was originally created to help consumers understand product labeling, advertising, and marketing claims, and the potential health impacts of product ingredients by promoting awareness about the performance and nature of the ingredients in the products they purchase, including whether products are “natural,” and to promote truth-in-labeling and required warnings and disclosures.


Instructions for Online Grant Submissions

We have several of our grantmaking funds on an online grant system. Please read these tips before starting your application. You can also return to an application you’ve already started by clicking on the link below.

APPLY NOW using our Online Grant System


Grant Reporting Instructions

If your group is awarded a grant, you must provide a grant report by the date listed in your grant contract.

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