California Wildlands Grassroots Fund Offers Support to Preserve Natural Landscapes

The California Wildlands Grassroots Fund, a component fund of the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, was established to support the efforts of activists to preserve California's wildlands.

CWGF supports conservationists advocating for the permanent protection of intact wildlands on both public and private lands in order to help preserve California's wilderness and native biological diversity. The fund defines "wildlands" as natural habitats, privately or publicly owned, that are (or have the potential to be) permanently preserved through legislation or deed restrictions.

CWGF provides a broad range of support to promote the capacity of activists and organizations working to protect wildernesses in the state. Specifically, the fund focuses on small nonprofit organizations (budgets of $100,000 or less) and individual activists with an eligible sponsoring organization who show a demonstrated ability and commitment to conserve California's natural landscapes, ecosystems, plants, and wildlife; and on geographic areas and advocacy efforts that have not received significant foundation support.

The fund supports a range of strategies, including but not limited to grassroots organizing, citizen participation in public meetings and hearings, public education, legislative advocacy, media campaigns, lawsuits, listing petitions, conferences and meetings, skills and leadership trainings, restoration, scientific research, coalition building, and developing partnerships with government agencies, private entities, nonprofit organizations, and communities.

Typical grant amounts range between $1,000 and $3,500 and will not exceed $5,000. Grants can be used to support activities such as mailings; paid advertising; advocacy-related travel; research; the hiring of technical, legal, or scientific experts and consultants; equipment purchase or rental; training; retreats; monitoring activities; mapping; and advocacy-related personal expenses.

To be eligible, applicants must be a California-based 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organization with an annual budget of $100,000 or less.

See the CWGF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.