Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund

About the Fund

The Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund was created by a record legal settlement between the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (Soundkeeper) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, and has since been supplemented by several other pollution mitigation payments involving Soundkeeper and other Clean Water Act enforcers. More recently we received two large mitigation payments, one from Total Terminals International LLC and another one from Waste Action Project v. Port Olympia.

The Fund’s goal is to mitigate past pollution runoff by supporting community-based efforts to protect or improve the water quality of Puget Sound. Since inception in 2012, over $5.7 million in grants have been awarded for projects in Puget Sound related to conservation, restoration, citizen science, environmental justice, shoreline access, and environmental education.

The Puget Soundkeeper Alliance’s Clean Water Act enforcement program enforces federal water quality laws against serious violators. Lawsuits are brought on behalf of Soundkeeper’s citizen members, each of whom has a legal right to swimmable and fishable waterways. In bringing pollution-related lawsuits, Soundkeeper’s goal is to achieve negotiated settlements that bring polluters into compliance with the law and the permitting system. Settlement funds are then donated to local environmental groups to help them repair damage done to the Sound. The $1.5 million BNSF Balmer Yard settlement which launched the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund is one of the largest ever in a citizen enforcement action involving stormwater discharges. Click here to read more about how citizen enforcement of the Clean Water Act created this funding opportunity.


Spring Round

  • Applications are due March 6, 2020. The application process will open in February.
  • Grant awards will be announced at the end of April 2020.

Fall Round

  • Applications are due September 18, 2020. The application process will open by mid August
  • Grant awards will be announced December 2020.


Eligibility and Priorities

Eligible watersheds will be announced in February when the Request for Proposals is released.

Please understand that the funding process is very competitive, and most grants are awarded to well-established organizations with a strong track record of community-based water quality stewardship. Click here for more on eligibility and priorities.

How To Apply

Grants will be awarded up to a maximum amount of $40,000. In addition to larger organizations, we’ve specifically reserved some of the grant funds for smaller grassroots organizations and we encourage proposals from local, volunteer-based groups. Groups of any size are eligible to apply. If your organization has an annual budget of $100,000 or less, we encourage you to apply for a grant of $10,000 or less.

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

Please sign up here to receive notifications of future grant opportunities.


If your group is awarded a grant within the last 12 months your are discouraged from applying this round. This means you must provide a final grant report before your group can apply for more funding. Click here for the full grant reporting instructions.

Any signage or publicly distributed materials related to a funded project must display the following acknowledgement:

Support for (Project Name) was provided by the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, a grantmaking fund created by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment.

Funding Board

The Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund is advised by a local funding board of individuals with deep knowledge of Puget Sound issues. Click here to read the member bios.

For More Information

Kevin Hendrick, Grants Manager
Email: Khendrick[AT]rosefdn.org (please replace AT with @)


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