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 of 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, almost $6M 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.
- Applications are due March 12, 2021. RPF will be released the first week of February.
- Grant awards will be announced in May 2021.
- Applications are due September 17, 2021.
- Grant awards will be announced in late November 2021.
*First time applicants and organizations who do not directly engage in water quality efforts, but are invested in environmental justice work impacting communities in the Puget Sound are encourage to watch the recording from our Grant Workshop for Grassroots Environmental Justice in Puget Sound.
Eligibility and Priorities
Attention small groups! In addition to anticipating proposals from larger organizations, we’ve specifically reserved some of the grant funds for smaller grassroots organizations and we encourage proposals from local, volunteer-based groups and environmental justice oriented organizations. If your organization has an annual budget of $100,000 or less, we recommend applying for a grant of $10,000 or less.
Please understand that the funding process is very competitive, and most grants are awarded to organizations with a strong track record of community-based water quality stewardship. Click here for more on eligibility and priorities.
If your organization is thinking about proposing work related to scientific research and advocacy projects around orcas, we urge you to consider applying to our Orca Fund instead.
How To Apply
Grants will be awarded up to a maximum amount of $30,000. 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.
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GRANT REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS
If your group was awarded a grant within the last 12 months, may only re-apply in the next cycle after your grant report has been submitted and approved. Click here for the full grant reporting instructions.
Organizations with an active grant from this Fund are not eligible to reapply. After three consecutive years of funding, groups must wait two years before reapplying – this creates space for new applicants to have the opportunity to share in the funding.
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.
The Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund is advised by a local funding board of individuals with deep knowledge of Puget Sound issues. Meet the Board Members here.
For More Information
Kevin Hendrick, Grants Manager
Email: khendrick[AT]rosefdn.org (please replace AT with @)