Rose Foundation Invites Applications for Projects to Protect California Wildlands

The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is inviting applications for projects designed to preserve California's wildlands.

Through its California Wildlands Grassroots Fund, the foundation awards grants of up to $7,500 to projects aimed at permanently protecting intact wildlands on both public and private lands in California, with the goal of helping preserve the state’s wilderness and native biological diversity. Cal Wildlands defines "wildlands” as natural habitats that are (or have the potential to be) permanently preserved through legislation or deed restrictions and are on a scale necessary to support significant native plant and animal life.

Efforts to advance wildlands and open space protection through county general plans and other local planning mechanisms may be eligible for funding. Cal Wildlands also supports policy advocacy and litigation and regulatory watchdogging at the local, state, and federal levels if the project objective is designed to protect wildlands.

If relevant, applicants are asked to describe how strategies will be affected by social distancing requirements and the overarching COVID focus of the current media landscape. The foundation also encourages requests to fund efforts aimed at converting from in-person advocacy and outreach to online or virtual engagement strategies. In light of current circumstances, the foundation is relaxing its focus on project-specific requests and will fully accept general support proposals from organizations whose overall work aligns directly with the fund’s objectives to preserve and protect California’s unique and precious wild places.

To be eligible, applicants must be a California-based nonprofit organization focused on protecting and preserving wildlands and open space in California. In addition, organizations must have annual expenses of $150,000 or less and annual income $150,000 or less.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Rose Foundation for the Communities and Environment website.

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Deadline: October 27, 2020