Eligibility and Priorities Grays Harbor/Chehalis River Watershed Fund

This Fund is currently not accepting applications. Continue reading for eligibility information and priorities for our 2016 grant cycle.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a grant from the Grays Harbor/Chehalis River Watershed Fund (the Fund), the applicant and project must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be locally based in the Grays Harbor/ Chehalis River Watershed;
  • The project must be designed to improve (or prevent degradation) of the water quality of Grays Harbor Estuary and the Chehalis River Watershed. Preference will be given to projects that directly relate to the Grays Harbor Estuary, the Chehalis River and their related watersheds;
  • The applicant must demonstrate the capacity to complete the proposed project, including experience in successfully conducting similar or otherwise related work in the past; and
  • The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit, or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) non-profit; or a governmental or tribal entity.

Examples of Allowable Projects and Activities

Here are some examples of the types of projects and activities that are eligible for funding. These are only examples. A project does not have to cover all of the topics or activities listed, and the Fund is open to proposals that may include activities or issues in addition to the following list:

  • Water quality monitoring and testing, especially if the project also includes an element that uses the data to promote enhanced water quality;
  • Enhancement or restoration of habitat in riparian and wetland areas;
  • Educational activities, if associated with direct water quality habitat restoration or enhancements;
  • Restoration and enhancement projects may include educational and interpretive elements (such as sign and brochures) to educate the public;
  • Watershed and water quality related public outreach and media outreach;
  • Community organizing and litigation to prevent degradation of the watershed;
  • Water quality-related policy development and associated public outreach;
  • Shoreline or riparian restoration and other hands-on stewardship activities;
  • Reasonable organizational expenses, including staff, related to watershed improvement projects;

Examples of Projects that are Not Allowable

The following activities or types of projects will not be funded:

  • Endowment, capital improvement or other similar projects (unless the proposed project directly improves water quality);
  • Grants to individuals;
  • Grants to for-profit businesses;
  • Grants for general operating support;
  • Grants for projects that are not Grays Harbor/ Chehalis River Watershed related;
  • No electoral involvement;
  • No lobbying.


Kevin Hendrick, Grants Manager
Email khendrick[AT]rosefdn.org (please replace AT with @) or call (707) 951-1734.

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