Eligibility and Priorities Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund

In the 2018 grants cycle, the Fund is open to organizations of any size. Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $25,000. 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.


To be eligible for a Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund grant, the applicant and project must meet the following criteria:

  • Projects Supported: The project must be designed to improve (or prevent degradation of) the water quality of  Puget Sound and its watershed. Funding is particularly targeted to the following areas:
    • Eastern shore of Puget Sound from Olympia to the Canadian border, including the eastern part of the Salish Sea.
    • Central Sound and Elliott Bay, including the Green Duwamish River watershed and Hamm Creek.
    • The North Central Sound, including Quilceda Creek and Snohomish River Estuary.
    • There are also limited funds for Nooksack River and the Lummi River watershed.
  • Applicant requirements: The applicant must demonstrate the capacity to complete the proposed project, including experience in successfully conducting similar or otherwise related work in the past.
  • Nonprofit status: The applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization, fiscally-sponsored by a 501(c)3, or a governmental or tribal entity. If you work with a small organization that lacks non-profit status but has a compelling project, the Rose Foundation may be willing to act as your fiscal sponsor for this grant proposal.
  • Environmental Justice: While this is not specifically an environmental justice fund, supporting environmental and social justice is a core organizational value that guides all of our grantmaking. Projects that advance environmental justice as well as water quality will receive preference.
  • Frequency of Applying: Organizations that are funded may re-apply after one year if their final grant report form has been submitted and accepted.
  • Duration of Support: Most grants are for a one year period; however, you do not have to ask for a one year grant. It is permitted to request a shorter or longer grant period if that is what you need. However, even if you are asking for multi-year support, the maximum request cannot exceed $25,000. After three consecutive years of funding, groups must wait two years before reapplying.


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.

  • Water quality monitoring and testing including sediment impact analysis, 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.
  • Public education and environmental education, especially if the project also includes an element that mobilizes community members and/or students around specific actions to protect water quality.
  • Shoreline or riparian restoration and other hands-on stewardship activities.
  • Public access in disadvantaged and urbanized areas, which traditionally have disproportionally less areas dedicated to parks and open spaces.

Most people think of “watershed protection” as restoring river banks and testing water samples. While these are certainly core watershed activities, many other types of projects are also eligible to apply. For example:

  • Advocacy promoting public transit and transit equity help people reduce private automobile use (oil, grease and metals from cars are a major contaminant of urban runoff).
  • Facilitating public access to shorelines fundamentally builds long-term community watershed stewardship.
  • Infrastructure improvements such as rain gardens in disadvantaged communities can lead to significant reductions in stormwater pollution as well as help improve public spaces, and projects with strong community participation elements can help build community cohesion and leadership, and become springboards for other community-driven programs.
  • Opposing poorly-planned development and preserving open space can reduce paved areas, helping to recharge groundwater, and reduce runoff volume and pollution.


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 or Salish Sea-related

Click here to begin your Application


Kevin Hendrick, Grants Manager
Email: khendrick-at-rosefdn.org

Tim Little, Executive Director
tlittle -at- rosefdn.org
(510) 658-0702 x301

For technical questions or assistance with the application system, please contact:

Laura Fernandez, Program Officer
lfernandez -at- rosefdn.org
(510) 658-0702 x304

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