The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment welcomes applications to the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund,. an initiative to mitigate past pollution runoff by supporting community-based efforts to protect or improve the water quality of Puget Sound. Since its inception in 2012, the fund has awarded more than $5.7 million in grants for conservation, restoration, citizen science, environmental justice, shoreline access, and environmental education projects related to Puget Sound.
To that end, grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded to projects designed to improve or prevent the degradation of the water quality of Puget Sound and its watershed. The foundation is particularly interested in proposals that will benefit water quality in the following areas: the waters of central Puget Sound, especially Elliott Bay; the Duwamish River watershed, 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; Commencement Bay in the Tacoma area; and the waters of South Sound, especially Budd Inlet. Limited funds are also available for the Eastern shore of Puget Sound, from Mt. Vernon to the Canadian border, including the eastern part of the Salish Sea.
Examples of projects eligible for funding include but are not limited to water-quality monitoring and testing; 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; and public access in underserved and urbanized areas, which traditionally have disproportionally less areas dedicated to parks and open spaces.
The foundation encourages proposals from grassroots and local volunteer-based groups and environmental justice-oriented organizations.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, have a fiscal sponsor with such status, or be a governmental or tribal entity. If an applicant’s small neighborhood-based organization has a compelling project, the foundation may be willing to act as a fiscal sponsor for the proposal.
See the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.