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 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: You get $330 each calendar year.

Q: We don’t have an active Grassroots grant, so 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.  And just because you were rejected, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reapply for a grant in the future. Call to get feedback on your last application, and maybe we can help you better position your group for a grant from the Rose Foundation and other funders too.

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.  Please send us an email, or call to check before you apply 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 against 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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