Check Eligibility for a Mini-Grant California Environmental Grassroots Fund

Your group is eligible for a mini-grant if you have received a grant from the California Environmental Grassroots Fund (Grassroots Fund) in the last four years, and your organization’s annual budget is below $150,000. If you have not received a grant from the Grassroots Fund, then you are not eligible.

Each group is eligible to receive up to $500 per year in mini-grants.

Eligibility Questions & Answers

Q: My group already used the $500 last year, are we still eligible?
A: Yes, if it is within four years of your last Grassroots Fund grant. A group is eligible for a $500 Mini-Grant each calendar year, for four years after you received your grant from the California Environmental Grassroots Fund.

Q: I am interested in attending a training or webinar on behalf of my group and would like to apply for Mini-Grant funds to support registration costs. How do I know if the training is eligible for funding under the Mini-Grant?
A: Mini-Grants support grantees in attending trainings that will help build their administrative and organizational skills and support the professional development of their staff and volunteers. They cannot be used on the direct program work of the organization. If you have any questions about whether or not a training qualifies for the Mini-Grant, please contact Program Officer Aurora Heying at aheying[at]rosefdn.org or (510)-658-0702.

Q: We don’t have an active Grassroots grant, are we still eligible?
A: As long as you have received a Grassroots Fund grant within the last four years, you are still eligible to receive a mini-grant. Our philosophy is that the training and organizational growth support should extend well past the point where you may have spent the original grant.

Q: We received a grant a few years ago, but the last time we applied for a grant we were rejected. Can we still apply for a mini-grant?
A: As long as you received a grant within the last four years and are still generally “grassroots-sized,” you are still eligible.

Q: We received a grant, but now we are not eligible because we are too big. Can we still apply for a mini-grant?
A: How large has your budget grown since your last Grassroots grant?  If your annual income/expense is still averaging under $150,000, or if your group had a large one-time donation or pass-through event, you may still be eligible to receive a mini-grant. If you are unsure about your group’s eligibility, please contact Program Officer Aurora Heying at aheying[at]rosefdn.org or (510)-658-0702 to check before applying for the Mini-Grant.

Travel Stipends

If you travel more than 75 miles round trip to attend a training, you are also eligible for a travel stipend. Travel stipends are provided based on distance and does NOT count toward the $500 annual mini-grant cap.

  • If your round-trip mileage to the training is less than 75 miles, reimbursement is $0.
  • If your round-trip mileage is between 76 – 125 miles, reimbursement is $25.
  • If your round-trip mileage is between 126 – 175 miles, reimbursement is $50.
  • If your round-trip mileage is 176 miles or more, reimbursement is $75.
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