The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment has announced a Request for Proposals for projects designed to preserve California's wildlands.
Through its California Wildlands Grassroots Fund, the foundation will award grants of up to $7,500 in support of projects aimed at permanently protecting intact public and private wildlands in order to help preserve California’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.
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, litigation, and regulatory watchdogging at the local, state, and federal levels if the project objective is to protect wildlands.
To be eligible, applicants must be a California-based nonprofit organization focused protecting and preserving wildlands and open space in California. In addition, organizations must have annual expenses $150,000 or less and annual income of $150,000 or less.
Cal Wildands accepts applications at any time, and funding decisions are made on a quarterly basis. The application deadline for the fall review is 5:00 p.m. PST on August 15.
See the Rose Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.