The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is accepting applications for the Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund, which was created by a record legal settlement between the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (Soundkeeper) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, and has since been supplemented by several other pollution mitigation payments, including Trident Seafoods, Total Terminals, SSA Terminals, and Louis Dreyfus Company Washington LLC. The fund's goal is to mitigate past pollution runoff by supporting community-based efforts designed to protect or improve the water quality of Puget Sound. Since inception in 2012, around $2.5 million in grants have been awarded in support of projects in Puget Sound related to conservation, restoration, citizen science, environmental justice, shoreline access, and environmental education.
Priority will be given to projects that directly benefit the Green-Duwamish River watershed and Central and North Puget Sound from Tacoma to Mt. Vernon. While this is not specifically an environmental justice fund, supporting environmental and social justice is a core organizational value that guides all of the Rose Foundation's programs. Applications from environmental justice organizations are strongly encouraged.
In addition to larger organizations, the foundation specifically reserved some of its grant funds for smaller grassroots organizations and encourages proposals from local volunteer-based groups.
To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate the capacity to complete the proposed project, including experience in successfully conducting similar or otherwise related work in the past. In addition, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization, fiscally-sponsored by a 501(c)3, or a governmental or tribal entity.
See the Rose Foundation for the Communities and the Environment website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.