Check Eligibility for a Mini-Grant Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund

Your group is eligible for a mini-grant if you have received a grant from the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund (Grassroots Fund) in the last four years, and your organization’s annual budget is below $100,000. If you have not received a grant from the Grassroots Fund, then you are not eligible.

Each group is eligible to receive up to $330 per year in mini-grants.

Eligibility Questions & Answers

Q: My group already used the $330 last year, are we still eligible?
A: Your group is eligible for a $330 Mini-Grant each calendar year.

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: We can only fund trainings or webinars that support back-end training and capacity-building resources. Before submitting a request, we recommend that you review the training agenda to confirm how it will benefit your group’s organizational capacity building skills. The Mini-Grant does not support attendance of conferences related to your organization’s program work unless you can show a clear connection to capacity-building or training for staff/volunteers. If you have any questions about whether or not a training qualifies for the Mini-Grant, please contact Program Officer Megan Mubaraki at mmubaraki[at]rosefdn.org or (510)-658-0702 x307.

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 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 $100,000, 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 Megan Mubaraki at mmubaraki[at]rosefdn.org or (510)-658-0702 x307 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 $330 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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