Current and Past Grantees Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund

This list only contains grassroots grantees from 2016 and 2015. Click here for an interactive database of all of our grantees.

Spring 2017
(announced March 10, 2017)

American River Watershed Institute
For Stop Centennial Dam Campaign Phase 4
Sierra Nevada
$5,000
To stop the proposed Centennial Dam and instead establish protections for one of the last free flowing stretches of the Bear River through early stakeholder education and grassroots organization.

Art & Science for Kids interested in Media & Education (ASK ME)
For Broader Impacts
Fiscal Sponsor: Ink People, Inc.
North Coast
$5,000
To follow and document the activity of UC Berkeley scientists with the goal to produce and distribute scientific web streams and a short documentary about microbial and Eel River ecology with an emphasis on cyanobacteria.

Ascend Wilderness Experience
For Ascend Tenderfoot Trip
North Coast
$5,000
To host a five-day excursion for local youth ranging in age from 9-18 years old into the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area in Northern California.

AsianWeek Foundation/Florence Fang Asian Community Garden
For Developing Sustainable Community Garden
San Francisco Bay Area
$5,000
To add sustainability to San Francisco’s only community garden focused on Asian communities/traditions through building garden infrastructure (including more planter boxes, irrigation and rainwater reclamation), and by building capacity through creation of a farm stand program to sell extra produce to local residents.

Committee for a Better Shafter
For General Support
Central Valley
$5,000
To establish a community garden that successfully improves access to organically grown food and educates the residents about nutrition and effects of pesticides while advocating for community development projects.

Kids With A Conscience
For General Support
San Francisco Bay Area
$3,000
To teach the community how to create and sustain edible gardens that will empower them with a voice through gardening and education.

NorCal Community Resilience Network
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Empowerment Works
San Francisco Bay Area
$5,000
To support the expansion of the network’s regional hub, building resilience through low-cost, nature-inspired, community-based projects.

Pollinator Posse 
For Clean Streets in Old Oakland Neighborhood
Fiscal Sponsor: Oakland East Bay Garden Center Inc. (OEBGC Inc.)
San Francisco Bay Area
$1,600
To create pollinator habitats by building a pollinator pathway that radiates out from Oakland’s notable pollinator garden at Lake Merritt, resulting in the installation of pollinator gardens at three sites in Old Oakland.

Sacramento Area Creeks Council 
For Sacramento Area Creeks Council Creek Week
Sacramento Valley
$3,000
To help Sacramento Area Creeks Council improve their creek week trash clean-up and purchase more and new supplies for the actual clean-up.

Valley Improvement Projects 
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Social Environmental Entrepreneurs
Central Valley
$5,000
To improve the quality of life of underrepresented and marginalized residents of California’s Central Valley by promoting social and environmental justice issues through youth outreach, education, technology, and art.

Wolf Creek Community Alliance 
For General Support
Sierra Nevada
$4,000
To protect and restore Wolf Creek and its watershed to a condition of optimal health and integrity for the benefit of present and future generations.

Yahi Group of the Sierra Club 
For Lassen Forest Preservation Project
Fiscal Sponsor: Sierra Club Foundation
Sierra Nevada
$2,000
To positively affect the outcomes on all significant projects located on national forest lands in northeastern California for the protection of local communities and environment, by mobilizing the public to participate in the forest planning process for Lassen and Plumas national forests.

 


Winter 2016
(announced Dec 21, 2016)

Brown Girl Surf
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Social Good Fund
San Francisco Bay Area
$2,000
To create a welcoming surf culture that celebrates our diverse experiences, placing joy and environmental reverence at the center, so that together we can create a healthier planet.

Community Action Project
For Protecting the Environment through the Calaveras County General Plan Update
Fiscal Sponsor: Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch
Sierra Nevada
$5,000
To prepare and submit detailed Environmental Impact Report scoping comments to the County. These comments will identify environmental protection policies, programs, implementation measures, and mitigation measures. Community Action Project will promote these environmental protections in public presentations.

Forest Unlimited
For Ground Truth: Under Reported Deforestation
San Francisco Bay Area
$3,500
To investigate what percentage of forest and woodlands are being converted from ecosystems to vineyards and many other wine related projects, and then share the findings with the public and its public agencies.

Friends of Willow Creek of Sausalito
For Willow Creek Upper Reach: Restoration, Education and Engagement
San Francisco Bay Area
$4,500
To restore habitat in the upper reach of the Willow Creek Daylighting Plan and create an integrated outdoor learning environment for students and teachers. This project provides an opportunity for continued participation and engagement of the community to work together to provide an unparalleled on-campus outdoor learning experience for children.

Gallinas Watershed Council
For Civic Center Watershed Restoration Project
Fiscal Sponsor: MarinLink
San Francisco Bay Area
$2,500
To show how native Flora & Fauna improve water quality in the Marin Civic Center Lagoon.

Nevada County Climate Change Coalition Education Group
For Climate Change Agents Camp 2017
Fiscal Sponsor: Full-Circle Learning
Sierra Nevada
$3,850
To offer high-potential, underserved youth a chance to increase their potential as current and future change makers. The group offers multi-night camp scholarships to those who could not otherwise attend, and provides a rite of passage that motivates youth to expand their knowledge and apply life skills, creativity and purpose as they serve climate change victims, and to demonstrate to the public the high stakes related to this goal.

Noyo Headlands Unified Design Group
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Cloud Forest Institute
North Coast
$3,000
To advocate a thorough clean-up and environmental restoration of a 400 acre mill site closed in 2002. In anticipation of completion of clean-up of the final section, NHUDG is pulling the community together to daylight two creeks that were covered during mill operation and restore 60 acres of wetlands.

Sacramento Food Policy Council
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Pesticide Action Network North America
Sacramento Valley
$4,000
To propel collective action toward an equitable and sustainable food system by building alignment, advancing policies, and convening advocates, policy makers, and organizations around a shared agenda.

Safe Strawberry Monterey Bay Working Group
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Pesticide Action Network
Central Coast
$5,000
To catalyze the fledgling movement on pesticide issues in the rural south county of the Monterey Bay area, home to some of the poorest and most disenfranchised people in the area, whose voices have been entirely missing heretofore. The group will establish regular meetings of a new SASS branch in Greenfield with the goal of joining the broader coalition’s work watchdogging the decision-making processes, building a local movement, and maintaining a media presence.

Sierra National Monument Project
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Trust for Conservation Innovation
Central Valley
$1,000
To create a national monument that protects about one million acres of federal land between Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. The monument will end commercial logging and mining (patented claims remain), and phase out grazing, while reviving non-motorized recreation and a trail system and protecting wildlife, watersheds and the quiet beauty of the natural world.


Fall 2016
(announced September 28, 2016)

Environment in the Public Interest
For Citizen-Science Training: From Observing Environmental Harms to Solving Environmental Problems
Central Coast
$4,000
Funds will support technical training of student and citizen observers participating in EPI’s Central Coast environmental protection campaign.

Farms to Grow, Inc.
For General Support
San Francisco Bay Area
$4,500
To assist African American and other underserved farmers and urban gardeners in creating and maintaining sustainable farms, and to motivate the next generation of farmers to learn and utilize farming methods that strive to preserve our natural resources for future generations.

Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
For Central Valley Green Business Outreach Project
Fiscal Sponsor: Fresno Metro Black Chamber Foundation
Central Valley
$4,925
For providing support and outreach in getting local disadvantaged business communities educated and reformed to go green.

Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center
For General Support
North Central & East
$2,500
To work towards the permanent protection of the Medicine Lake Highlands, that has been under threat from geothermal fracking for the past several years. Protecting and restoring Panther Meadow, in conjunction with the USFS and the Winnemem Wintu tribe continues to be the focus of the H.O.M.E. project. Preparing for the effects of climate change is also an area of work.

North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council
For General Support
San Francisco Bay Area
$4000
Funds support sustainable agriculture and communities with 4 major project areas: (a) “Bee Patches” pollinator habitat protection working with local youth to increase biodiversity and improve agricultural sustainability for crops dependent on pollination, (b) “Rain Catchers” water conservation actions for rainwater collection and re-use systems, (c) Vermiculture Waste-to-Compost deployment in schools to help divert their food wastes and recycle the waste into rich compost material, and (d) “Cultivating Commerce” for new/expanded agricultural entrepreneurship to increase sustainable farming.

PLACE for Sustainable Living
For Rooted in PLACE Community Garden Work Days
Fiscal Sponsor: Create Peace Project
San Francisco Bay Area
$3,000
To invite the community to work in the garden, take part in educational and creative workshops on sustainability, enjoy food cooked on site, support seasonal harvesting from the garden, develop important skills in resilience, build community, and utilize public land for the betterment of the community.

Regeneration/Regeneración
For Advancing a Climate Justice Initiative in the Pájaro Valley, California
Fiscal Sponsor: Rose Foundation
San Francisco Bay Area
$5,000
To support a quickly growing newly emerged climate justice group in the underserved Pájaro Valley, this project will engage a facilitator to coalesce strategic priorities from the many needed initiatives in the region to help the group achieve early success, build a donor and volunteer base, engender confidence of collaborators and donors, and establish social media presence.

River Otter Ecology Project
For General Support
San Francisco Bay Area
$3,000
To research and link river otter population recovery to watershed health and conservation through citizen science, research, outreach and education.

Save the Klamath-Trinity Salmon
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Trees Foundation
North Coast
$4,000
To support the fisheries and water protection work of the local communities of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers, and to advocate to effective policy change.

Siskiyou Land Conservancy
For Smith River Estuary Enhancement Program
North Coast
$3,000
Siskiyou Land Conservancy’s Smith River Estuary Enhancement Program seeks reduction and elimination of 300,000 pounds of highly toxic pesticides applied annually, and in a relatively small area, to Easter lily fields that surround the ecologically vital estuary of the Smith River, as well as the town of Smith River, in the far northwest corner of California.

Tolowa Dunes Stewards
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Friends of the Dunes
North Coast
$5,000
To expand the targeted restoration area, while building collaboration with the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, a Natural Resources Career Pathway for local youth within Building Healthy Communities programming, and relationships with other identified partners to support restoration on the Tolowa Coast.

Washoe Meadows Community
For Protect Washoe Meadows
Fiscal Sponsor: Resource Renewal Institute
Sierra Nevada
$5,000
To protect Washoe Meadows State Park and its rare natural, cultural and recreational resources from the impacts of a proposed golf course.

Summer 2016
(announced June 13, 2016)

Battle Creek Alliance
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: SOL Communications
North Central & East
$4,000
To study the effects of logging on water quality by collecting long-term, year-round water quality data on streams that are downstream from areas that are clearcut and excessively salvage logged.

Bay Area Environmental Health Collaborative
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
San Francisco Bay Area
$5,000
To support and build capacity among a broad partnership of organizations representing low-income and communities of color heavily burdened by and especially vulnerable to pollution exposure in the San Francisco Bay Area.

California Environmental Health Initiative
For Review of Ecological-Agriculture Pest Management and Other Benefits in California
Fiscal Sponsor: Pesticide Action Network North America
Statewide
$2,500
To shift California Department of Food & Agriculture’s pest management away from hazardous pesticides through the preparation of a comprehensive report on ecological agriculture’s benefits and policy vehicles for incorporating this approach.

Conservation Action Fund for Education
For Save Our Sonoma Coast
San Francisco Bay Area
$3,500
To ensure free public access at Sonoma Coast State Park and preserve the Park’s natural resources and habitat.

Idle No More SF BayIdle No More SF Bay
For 2015 Indigenous Women of the Americas Defenders of Mother Earth Treaty Compact and Northern California Direct Actions Project
Fiscal Sponsor: Indigenous Environmental Network
San Francisco Bay Area
$5,000
For outreach and education in Native American and San Francisco Bay Area communities to address the harmful effects of environmental degradation and climate change.

MyValleySprings.com
For General Support
Sierra Nevada
$4,500
For grassroots advocacy promoting responsible land use planning and the protection of oak woodlands, agricultural rangelands, and forests in Calaveras County.

The Plant Exchange
For General Support
San Francisco Bay Area
$3,500
For events and monthly demonstrations emphasizing gray water recycling, worm bins, composting, natural pest management, drought-resilient gardening, and other sustainable living practices.

Sierra Water WorkgroupSierra Water Workgroup
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Sacramento River Watershed Program
Sierra Nevada
$5,000
To engage Integrated Regional Water Management stakeholders throughout the Sierra Nevada and facilitate regional efforts to protect and enhance water quality, water supply, and watershed health.

Small World
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Social Good
Sierra Nevada
$2,500
For school and community gardens throughout South Lake Tahoe, nutrition and composting classes, the promotion of energy efficiency in schools, and the development of family-oriented biking and walking routes to and from schools.

West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
For General Support
San Francisco Bay Area
$2,000
For community advocacy, research, policy development, and air quality monitoring programs in West Oakland, a neighborhood with disproportionately high levels of asthma, respiratory disease, and cancer.

WildPlaces
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
Central Valley
$5,000
To build organizational capacity and support programs that address environmental degradation of rivers, enhanced meadow restoration, drought impacts in California’s Central Valley, and protection of wild spaces.

 


Spring 2016
(announced April 6, 2016)

350 Sacramento350 Sacramento
For Continuing to Build Capacity
Sacramento Valley
$4,000
To improve organizational capacity and continue environmental education and advocacy around local climate issues in Sacramento.

AGUA
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
Central Valley
$5,000
To support a grassroots coalition of 118 members from 22 low-income communities and communities of color dedicated to securing safe, clean, and affordable drinking water in the San Joaquin Valley.

American River Watershed Institute
For Stop Centennial/Parker Dam Campaign Phase 3
Sierra Nevada
$5,000
For early stakeholder education and grassroots organizing to stop the proposed Centennial/Parker Dam and to protect one of the last free flowing stretches of the Bear River.

Citizens for a Sustainable Point Molate
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Ocean Awareness Project Inc. dba Blue Frontier Campaign
San Francisco Bay Area
$2,000
To permanently protect over 100 acres at Point Molate in Richmond, one of the last undeveloped headlands on the shores of San Francisco Bay.

Committee for a Better Shafter
For General Support
Central Valley
$5,000
To build capacity, administer a community garden, and advocate for environmental health and community development projects in the Central Valley.

Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative
For Alameda and Regional County Goods Movement Plan Implementation
Fiscal Sponsor: San Francisco Study Center
San Francisco Bay Area
$5,000
To community support to reduce the harm caused by the movement of goods throughout the Bay Area, especially in low-income communities of color that already bear a disproportionate health burden from these activities.

Fairmead Community & Friends
For General Support
Central Valley
$5,000
To advocate for safe and affordable drinking water, improved access to transit, and improved air quality through community engagement and empowerment in Fairmead, CA.

GrassRoots Oakland West IncubatorGrassRoots Oakland West Incubator
For Free-er Way Garden
Fiscal Sponsor: Social Good Fund
San Francisco Bay Area
$3,000
For a community garden in West Oakland that grows a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables of significant cultural, historical, and nutritional value and offers cooking classes, gardening demonstrations, and other community building opportunities to local residents.

Humboldt Baykeeper
For Healthy Waterways, Safe Communities Initiative, Phase II
Fiscal Sponsor: Northcoast Environmental Center North Coast
$5,000
To identify and quantify sources of bacterial pollution and inform action plans to clean up waterways in Humboldt County that were recently designated as Impaired under the Clean Water Act.

Movimiento
For General Support
Statewide
$2,500
For an Outdoor Mental Health program supporting underserved youth in developing a robust connection to the environment, enabling them to become long-term environmental stewards and advocates.

Watertrough Children’s Alliance
For Complete CEQA Education and Litigation around Toxics, Agriculture, and Children
Fiscal Sponsor: O.W.L. Foundation
San Francisco Bay Area
$5,000
For community-based advocacy to protect local school children and the Russian River from pesticide drift from a large winery located near an elementary school and adjacent to Russian River tributary Atascadero Creek.


Winter 2015
(announced December 15, 2015)

California Environmental Justice Coalition
For Capacity Building and Advocacy Project
California Environmental Justice CoalitionFiscal Sponsor: Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
Statewide
$4,000
To build the capacity of a statewide environmental justice coalition to undertake new campaigns, stipend a new part time coordinator, and help the 57 member groups take action, advocate, and speak out at key state policy forums.

Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Trees Foundation
Del Norte and Humboldt Counties
$2,500
To engage local community members, educate leaders, and offer alternative perspectives focused on sustainability and livability to change transportation planning priorities on the North Coast.

Committee for a Better Alpaugh
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
Tulare County
$5,000
For movement building and critical environmental justice work in the areas of water and air quality, pesticides, and public health in the small rural community of Alpaugh.

Community Action Project
For An Outreach Coordinator
Fiscal Sponsor: Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch
Calaveras County
$2,500
To protect the natural resources of Calaveras County and prohibit unwise development by hiring an outreach coordinator to participate in the Calaveras County General Plan process.

Community Health Watch Lake Almanor
For General Support
Plumas County
$4,000
For air and water compliance monitoring in the low-income community of Chester, which houses a waste-to-energy plant and witnessed an excessive spike in illness and sudden death incidences in recent years.

Eastern Sierra Wildlife CareEastern Sierra Wildlife Care
For General Support
Inyo and Mono Counties
$2,000
For wildlife rehabilitation services to over 400 wild patients per year in the Eastern Sierra, and classroom and outreach programs that educate the local community about the importance of cohabitating with native wildlife.

Energy Solidarity Cooperative
For Building Solidarity With Community-Owned Solar
Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
$4,000
For installing a solar system at the East Oakland Boxing Association and reinvesting the money into other community-owned clean energy systems in local underserved communities.

Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: The Watershed Project
Contra Costa County
$3,000
For community outreach, volunteer stewardship, and restoration of the Pinole Creek Watershed. Continued grassroots engagement is essential for the survival and recovery of federally protected steelhead trout in San Francisco Bay tributary Pinole Creek.

Great Shasta Rail TrailGreat Shasta Rail Trail Association
For General Support
Shasta and Siskiyou Counties
$3,000
To convert a former railroad corridor into a public recreation trail by embarking on important maintenance tasks such as bridge rehabilitation and trailhead development.

Nevada County Climate Change Coalition Education Group
For Mobilizing Young Climate Change Agents
Fiscal Sponsor: Full-Circle Learning Nevada County
$3,200
For the Climate Change Agents Camp, a weeklong overnight camp where high-potential, underserved youth are given the tools to be climate change agents in their community.

Paula Lane Action Network
For General Support
Sonoma and Marin Counties
$3,000
For protection of upland habitat and wildlife movement in Sonoma County’s Petaluma River Watershed. Paul Lane Action Network will support advocacy to prevent urban sprawl and destruction of open space in Sonoma County.

People for Clean Air & Water of Kettleman City
For Kettleman City Youth Protecting Our Planet
Fiscal Sponsor: Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice
Kings County
$5,000
To organize and educate youth in Kettleman City on environmental justice issues affecting their community.

Safe Strawberry Monterey Bay Working Group
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Pesticide Action Network North America
Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties
$5,000
For coalition work and community engagement to reduce pesticide threats in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. The Central Coast region, where much of the nation’s produce is grown, suffers a disproportionate burden of pesticide pollution, resulting in contaminated runoff that damages water quality in the watersheds of Monterey Bay, and public health threats including increased community risk of cancer, reproductive and developmental harm, and nervous system damage.


Fall 2015

(announced September 24, 2015)

Burrowing Owl Preservation Society
For Reclaiming “Lost ” Burrowing Owl Habitat
Sacramento, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sutter, and Yolo Counties
$3,000
To protect burrowing owl habitat in the Sacramento Valley by advocating for protective mitigation projects that are required when burrowing owl habitat is destroyed by development projects.

Community Bike Kitchen at Jefferson SchoolCommunity Bike Kitchen at Jefferson School
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Redwood Community Action Agency
Humboldt County
$3,000
To provide low and no cost bicycles, along with the resources necessary to maintain and repair them, to disadvantaged residents of Eureka, CA. Support will also help the bike kitchen transition to a new permanent location.

Farms to Grow, Inc.
For General Support
Statewide
$4,000
To promote sustainable farming and innovative agricultural practices, inspire a new generation of farmers, and assist African-American and other underserved farmers and gardeners in creating and maintaining sustainable farms.

Freedom Breathers
For General Support
Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties
$3,000
For air quality monitoring by high school students in Pittsburg, CA. Students will educate their peers and the larger community about environmental health concerns and advocate for the reopening of an air quality monitoring station.

Friends of Knowland ParkFriends of Knowland Park
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: East Bay Chapter, California Native Plant Society
Alameda County
$3,000
To protect Knowland Park, the largest remaining open space in Oakland, from a planned zoo expansion that will irreparably damage the park by leveling hilltops, cutting down oak and other native trees, damaging native grasslands, and threatening wildlife species.

Friends of Outlet Creek
For A Lawsuit to Stop Asphalt Plant
Fiscal Sponsor: Willits Environmental Center
Mendocino County
$3,000
For a lawsuit to protect Outlet Creek and the Eel River from a proposed asphalt plant that would threaten water quality and three species of threatened salmonids.

Green Schools InitiativeGreen Schools Initiative
For Greenhouse Gas Reductions at K-12 Schools in Disadvantaged Communities
Fiscal Sponsor: Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
Statewide
$2,000
For a grassroots campaign to guarantee that underserved K-12 schools receive California Air Resources Board cap-and-trade funds for green schoolyards, waste reduction, transit, energy conservation, and climate literacy.

High Sierra Rural Alliance
For General Support
Plumas and Sierra Counties
$3,000
To protect valuable habitat, natural resources, and wildlands in Sierra and Plumas Counties from premature and unwise development.

Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center
For General Support
Modoc, Shasta, and Siskiyou Counties
$2,500
To protect Mount Shasta’s watersheds, forests, and stunning landscapes from unsustainable development and implement a climate adaptation initiative.

Oroville Dioxin Education Committee
For Oroville Toxics and Dioxin Identification and Education Program
Fiscal Sponsor: Butte Environmental Council
Butte County
$5,000
To collect data on the high levels of dioxin pollution from a wood treatment plant in the City of Oroville, compel public policy makers to pursue cleanup or remediation of the affected areas, and to issue public health advisories to residents.

Reimagine! Movements Making Media, Race, Poverty & the EnvironmentReimagine! Movements Making Media, Race, Poverty & the Environment
For Building a Beat: Environmental and Climate Justice in Northern California
Fiscal Sponsor: Movement Strategy Center
Statewide
$3,000
To inspire activists, educate policy makers, and mobilize our communities by publishing and disseminating photo essays, narratives, and interviews about the effects of climate change on low-income people and communities of color.

Sacramento Food Policy Council
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Pesticide Action Network
Sacramento County
$1,500
To bring community voices to the local planning processes in order to promote healthy food and sustainable farming in Sacramento County.

Sacramento Valley Water Justice Network
For Community-Based Environmental Justice Reporting Through IVAN
Fiscal Sponsor: Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties
$3,000
To support the expansion of the Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods (IVAN) app into the Sacramento Valley. The IVAN app allows residents to report environmental violations directly to local and statewide enforcement agencies and has been used successfully in other areas of the state.

School Garden Network of Sonoma CountySchool Garden Network of Sonoma County 2
For General Support
Sonoma County
$3,000
To support sustainable garden and nutrition-based learning programs in K-12 schools throughout Sonoma County. The School Garden Network addresses significant obstacles school gardens face by providing trainings, financial support, and mentoring to school garden programs.

Sierra National Monument Project
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Trust for Conservation Innovation
Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa Counties
$3,000
To create a new national monument between Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. The monument would include approximately one million acres of land renowned for its spectacular beauty and biodiversity, create wildlife corridors, and encompass three major watersheds.

Siskiyou Land Conservancy
For the Smith River Estuary Enhancement Program
Del Norte and Humboldt Counties
$3,000
To eliminate threats to the estuary and wildlife of California’s wildest river, the Smith River, and to promote restoration projects. Foremost amongst these threats are Easter lily bulb farms, which annually apply more pound-per-acre of toxic pesticides than anywhere else in the state.

Soul Flower FarmSoul Flower Farm
For General Support
Contra Costa County
$2,500
To provide hands-on lessons in growing food and medicine, fostering community resilience, and developing healthy urban food systems for underserved communities and people of color. Soul Flower Farm partners with dozens of Bay Area organizations and schools for educational farm tours, classes, workshops, and work opportunities.

SPAWNERS
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: The Watershed Project
Contra Costa County
$2,000
For grassroots community action to enhance and protect the San Pablo Creek Watershed. SPAWNERS leads monthly creek restoration and water quality assessment workdays, maintains native plant demonstration gardens, holds creek cleanups, and leads service-learning workdays for students.

Stop the Spray! Committee of Fair Oaks and Carmichael
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Pesticide Action Network
Sacramento County
$1,500
To oppose the mandatory chemical spraying of the Japanese beetle by CA Department of Food and Agriculture in suburban Sacramento County and to promote equally effective green alternatives. Urban runoff from chemically treated lawns drains into the nearby American River.Tolowa Dunes Stewards 2

Tolowa Dunes Stewards
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Friends of the Dunes
Del Norte County
$5,000
To engage youth and other volunteers for targeted, urgently needed dune and wetland restoration at the mouth of the West’s largest coastal lagoon in Del Norte County.

Valley Improvement Projects
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
Fresno, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Counties
$4,000
To promote responsible waste management practices in Stanislaus County and end waste incineration in the unincorporated territory of Crows Landing. Waste incineration threatens air quality and has a disproportionate impact on low-income, Latino communities.


Summer 2015
(announced June 26, 2015)

Battle Creek Alliance
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: SOL Communications
Shasta and Tehama Counties
$4,000
To study the effects of logging on water quality by collecting long-term, year-round water quality data on streams that are downstream from areas that are clearcut and excessively salvage logged.

California Environmental Health InitiativeCalifornia Environmental Health Initiative
For Review of Ecological Agriculture Pest Management
Fiscal Sponsor: Pesticide Action Network
Alameda County
$5,000
To research and report on how ecological farming practices can be used for pest management, crop nutrition, climate change adaptation, pollinator health, and soil health and to use this information to shift the state’s pest management practices away from the current heavy dependence on extremely hazardous pesticides.

Fort Ord Environmental Justice Network
For Communicating Through Community Voices to Achieve Local Solutions
Monterey County
$3,500
To inform and empower community residents about the health risks posed by the former Fort Ord Army Base. Health risks include contaminated groundwater, open burning that releases toxic smoke, soil contamination at small arms ranges, and the detonation of munitions.

Friends of the Napa RiverFriends of the Napa River
For Watershed Education
Napa County
$3,000
For environmental education programs in Napa County schools and the development of the Napa Youth Watershed Stewardship Council, a youth program that engages high school student leaders in the watershed, supports their growth through project based learning, and provides training to support extending hands-on, innovative environmental education to their peers.

 

Idle No More SF BayIdle No More SF Bay
For 2nd Annual Connect-The-Dots Refinery Corridor Healing Walks
Fiscal Sponsor: Polaris Institute USA
Contra Costa and Sonoma Counties
$4,000
To support Native-led walks that bring attention to the second largest concentration of refineries in the United States by visiting a cluster of five fossil fuel refineries in the San Francisco Bay Area. These refineries process Bakken crude and Alberta Tar Sands oil and negatively impact nearby residents who are primarily low income people-of-color.

Klamath Forest Alliance
For Defending the Wildlife and Watersheds of Northern California
Del Norte, Humboldt, and Siskiyou Counties
$5,000
To defend wildlife habitat, mature forests, and watersheds within the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forest by working closely with small rural river communities, the Karuk Tribe, watershed and firesafe councils, and local agencies.

Nature’s Voices Project
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Green Schools Alliance
Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Solano, and Sonoma Counties
$3,000
For an online project to honor and amplify the voices of young people whose lives have been transformed by environmental education programs. Nature’s Voices Project will create a platform to lift youth stories and perspectives and build support for environmental literacy as a fundamental component of a high-quality 21st Century education.

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Raptors Are the Solution
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Earth Island Institute
Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Mendocino, and San Francisco Counties
$4,000
To increase public awareness about the dangers to children, pets, and wildlife from rat poison, and to promote alternatives to rodenticides.

 

Sierra Water Work Group
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Sierra Nevada Alliance
Sierra Nevada
$4,000
To participate in regional efforts in the Sierra Nevada to protect and enhance water quality, water supply, and watershed health, with a focus on serving disadvantaged communities and Native American tribes.

Sugar Pine FoundationSugar Pine Foundation
For Western White Pine Restoration
Alpine, El Dorado, and Placer Counties
$2,000
To plant and monitor western white pine seedlings at several locations around Tahoe. About 200 local students, volunteers, and field crews will participate in this project to restore the western white pine population and enhance forest health and wildlife habitat.

Urban Farmacy
For Urban Farmacy Curriculum and Food Hack Shipping Containers
Fiscal Sponsor: Earth Island Institute
Alameda County
$3,000
To increase food production in urban areas, create economic viability within urban agriculture, educate communities about food entrepreneurship, and improve the health of the community by harvesting, foraging, and processing locally grown food and herbs.

WildPlacesWildPlaces
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
Fresno, Kern, and Tulare Counties
$5,000
For habitat restoration and education projects targeting low-income communities and communities of color in the Central Valley, and to support capacity-building targets such as the creation of a five-year strategic plan and the development of an advisory board.

 


Spring 2015
(announced March 27, 2015)

350 Sacramento
For Building Capacity for Climate Action Plan
Sacramento County
$3,000
For capacity building, media and community outreach, and implementation of a Climate Action Plan, which will empower people and communities to take action on climate change.

All One Ocean
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Earth Island Institute
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties
$3,000
For a community-generated response to marine pollution in Northern California by providing beachgoers with information and practical tools to clean up ocean trash, 80% of which comes from the land.

Candlestick Point Neighborhood Committee
For Oversight of Candlestick Stadium Demolition Dust Management
San Francisco County
$5,000
To oversee the dismantling of Candlestick Stadium to prevent further damage to local air quality in an underserved neighborhood, where there already exists a disproportionate number of residents with respiratory illnesses resulting from toxic pollution from shipyards, power plants and industrial worksites.

Committee for a Better Shafter
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
Kern County
$5,000
For environmental health advocacy, community development projects, and a community garden that will allow low-income residents to grow food organically and improve their nutrition without exposure to toxic pesticides.

Eel River Recovery Project
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Trees Foundation
Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties
$5,000
To restore the Eel River, one of the last wild river ecosystems in Northern California, so that it is swimmable, drinkable and fishable. This grant will support membership recruitment, improved outreach, and volunteer coordination for the “Is it Swimmable” and toxic algae detection programs.

Gallinas Watershed Council
For Marin Civic Center Watershed Restoration
Fiscal Sponsor: MarinLink
Marin County
$2,500
To improve the water quality of the Marin Civic Center lagoon and the nearby Gallinas Creek, a tributary to San Francisco Bay, through fostered community stewardship, engagement of local volunteers in hands-on restoration projects, and innovative watershed restoration methods.

Growing Together
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: People United for a Better Life in Oakland
Alameda County
$5,000
To reforest urban Oakland neighborhoods in order to improve the environment, build community, and create a long-term source of local healthy food in neighborhoods classified as food deserts.

Humboldt Baykeeper
For Healthy Waterways, Safe Communities Initiative
Fiscal Sponsor: Northcoast Environmental Center
Humboldt County
$5,000
To identify and quantify sources of bacterial pollution runoff in Humboldt Bay and adjacent coastal watersheds. This data will inform action plans to clean up waterways recently designated as Impaired under the Clean Water Act.

Lake County Community Radio
For Access to Water
Lake County
$2,500
For a collaborative grassroots campaign to provide the residents of Lucerne with safe and affordable drinking water by establishing community control over the local water supply, which is currently privately owned and controlled.

Mission Community Market
For Increasing Healthy Food Benefits in San Francisco’s Mission District
Fiscal Sponsor: San Francisco Parks Alliance
San Francisco County
$2,500
To increase access to healthy fruits and vegetables among low-income, urban households, at an independent weekly community market in the Mission District. This program will match Cal Fresh (formerly called food stamps) and other food aid programs 1 to 1, providing access to fresh, healthy food in a neighborhood that has elevated rates of diet related chronic disease.

Mountain Meadows Conservancy
For Development of A Local Trail Alliance
Lassen, Plumas, and Tehama Counties
$2,000
To support a diverse coalition in rural northeastern California working to map and promote an existing network of recreational trails on three local lakes in the Upper Feather River watershed.

PLACE for Sustainable Living
For General Support
Fiscal Sponsor: Create Peace Project
Alameda County
$3,000
For a grassroots experiential learning center in Northwest Oakland that showcases sustainable living practices for the general public through community workshops and outreach programs focused on urban homesteading, neighborhood community building, community resilience and preparedness, social justice, and artistic expression.

Watertrough Children’s Alliance
For CEQA Project Renewal and Advancement
Fiscal Sponsor: O.W.L. Foundation
Sonoma County
$5,000
For advocacy to ensure that large-scale vineyard conversions in Sonoma County undergo proper environmental review to determine impacts to Russian River water quality and public health, especially the effects to Russian River tributary Atascadero Creek and the 700 children attending school next to a proposed vineyard on Watertrough Road.

Wolf Creek Community Alliance
For General Support
Nevada County
$5,000
To protect and restore Wolf Creek, part of the Sacramento River watershed, through water quality monitoring, invasive plant removal, replanting native plants, meadow restoration, assessing the impact of abandoned mine sites on the watershed, and advocacy for low-impact development, creek setbacks and creek friendly landscaping.

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