Puget Sound/Salish Sea Watershed Fund

About the Fund

The Puget Sound/Salish Sea Watershed Fund was created by a legal settlement between Bellingham-based RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and Pacific International Terminals (PIT) which resulted in an $825,000 mitigation payment. As required by the settlement, the funds may only be used for construction of physical projects or other on-the-ground work for physical improvements for the benefit of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. Read more about why this funding opportunity exists…

Past Deadlines

  • Pre-Proposals must be received by 5PM, January 13, 2017. Strongly encouraged for all projects larger than $25,000.
  • Final applications must be received by 5PM, February 10, 2017.

* This fund is currently not accepting any requests.  Please sign up here to receive notifications of future grant opportunities.

How To Apply

It is anticipated that grants in 2017 will be awarded in the range of $10,000 – $100,000, and it is anticipated that grants will be awarded at both ends of this range. Applicants who want to explore ideas prior to submitting the proposal can contact Kevin Hendrick at khendrick@rosefdn.org.

Please check all eligibility requirements before starting the online application. Click here to read the instructions for applications and how to use our online system.

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Eligibility and Priorities

To be eligible for a grant from the Puget Sound/Salish Sea Watershed Fund (the Fund), the applicant and project must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Project must be located in Whatcom, Skagit or San Juan Counties. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate significant past experience operating in these counties and/or are based in these counties.
  • The project must be designed to improve (or prevent degradation) of the water quality of coastal wetlands, shorelines and nearshore waters associated with the Samish River, Nooksack River and other coastal watersheds within Whatcom, Skagit or San Juan Counties.
  • The applicant must demonstrate the capacity to complete the proposed project, including experience in successfully conducting similar or otherwise related work in the past. Preference will be extended to projects that can demonstrate a long-term management and/or stewardship plan to preserve the project extending well beyond the end of the grant period.
  • Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate matching funds. Applicants seeking funding for more than $50,000 must be prepared to demonstrate a 1:1 match. If such a proposal is selected for funding, the applicant will be required to provide written documentation of the committed matching funds before the grant would be paid.
  • The proposed project must be designed to make a meaningful contribution to coastal ecosystem restoration or enhancement in the Puget Sound/Salish Sea watershed, especially the coastal wetlands of Whatcom, Skagit or San Juan Counties. Preference shall be extended to projects that fit into existing plans, such as the Dept. of Ecology Watershed Characterization and Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project. Preference shall also be extended to projects that can be completed within two years of the grant award.
  • 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.

Click here to check the full eligibility requirements and to see examples of eligible projects.

Grant Reporting Instructions

If your group is awarded a grant, you must provide a final grant report within one year of receiving the money, or before your group can receive additional funding. Click here for the full grant reporting instructions.

Funding Board

The Puget Sound/Salish Sea Watershed Fund is advised by a local funding board of individuals with deep knowledge of Puget Sound issues. Click here to read their bios.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

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