Eligibility and Priorities Puget Sound Grassroots Fund

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a Puget Sound Grassroots Grant, the applicant and project must meet the following criteria:

  • The project must be designed to improve (or prevent degradation) of the water quality of Puget Sound. Preference will be given to projects that directly relate to Elliott Bay or Central Puget Sound 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.
  • In addition to 501(c)(3) organizations or those fiscally-sponsored by a 501(c)(3), and governmental or tribal entities, the Grassroots Fund also accepts proposals from unincorporated associations such as neighborhood groups, school clubs, and other largely volunteer-driven organizations that may lack formal recognition of non-profit tax status.

Examples of Allowable Projects and Proposals

Here are some examples of the types of projects 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.
  • Innovative low impact development or green infrastructure projects intended to reduce stormwater pollution or other water quality impacts.
  • Water quality-related policy development and associated public outreach.
  • Shoreline or riparian restoration and other hands-on stewardship activities.

Examples of Projects that are Not Allowable

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

  • Endowment, land acquisition, capital improvement (unless proposed project directly improves water quality) or other similar projects.
  • Grants to individuals.
  • Grants to for-profit businesses.
  • Grants for general operating support.
  • Grants for projects that are not Puget Sound-related


Tim Little, Executive Director
Email: tlittle[AT]rosefdn.org (please replace AT with @)

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