Eligibility and Priorities Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund

In the 2021 grants cycle, the Fund is open to organizations of any size. Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $30,000. If your organization has an annual budget of $100,000 or less, we recommend applying for a grant of $10,000 or less.

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. Project proposals centered around equity and with strong community involvement and participation are especially encouraged to apply.

We welcome 1st-time grant seekers and want to help new applicants and emerging organizations navigate the grant application process. Please contact us if you have any questions or need help navigating the application.


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

  • Geographic Focus: Projects designed to improve (or prevent degradation of) the water quality of Puget Sound and its watershed, especially projects that would benefit:
    • The Duwamish River Watershed and associated reaches of the Central Sound, with a preference for projects that relate to the intersection of water quality and human health, including aerial deposition of pollutants, in the Duwamish River Watershed and associated food chains.
    • The waters of South Sound, especially Budd Inlet, Muck Creek, and Nisqually River.
  • Types of Projects Supported: We are especially encouraging projects that involve impacted communities, benefit vulnerable populations, and are centered around principles of equity and environmental justice.
  • 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.
  • Environmental Justice: Supporting environmental and social justice is a core organizational value that guides the Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund and the Rose Foundation’s programs. Applications from environmental justice and equity-centered organizations are strongly encouraged, and projects that benefit underserved and impacted communities will receive preference.
  • 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. Even if you are asking for multi-year support, the maximum request cannot exceed $30,000.
  • Frequency of Applying:  Organizations that have been funded may only re-apply in the next cycle after their grant report has been submitted and approved. Organizations with an active grant from this Fund are not eligible to reapply. After three consecutive years of funding, we ask groups to step back and wait two years before reapplying – this creates space for new applicants to have the opportunity to share in the funding.
  • Non-profit Status: The applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization, fiscally-sponsored by a 501(c)3, or a governmental or tribal entity. If your small neighborhood-based organization has a compelling project, the Rose Foundation may be willing to act as your fiscal sponsor for this grant proposal. Please contact us for details. Nonprofit colleges, universities, university clinics, and graduate programs are eligible to apply, but university overhead is limited to 5% of grant award.



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 underserved and urbanized areas, which traditionally have disproportionally fewer 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 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 that benefit the Puget Sound.
  • 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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