Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment Invites Applications for Orca Fund

Deadline: October 1, 2020 (Pre-proposals: August 14, 2020)

The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment invites proposal for its Orca Fund.

In 2017, a salmon farming net-pen near Puget Sound’s Cypress Island collapsed and spilled over 300,000 Atlantic salmon infected with an exotic virus into Puget Sound, threatening native salmon throughout Puget Sound and the Salish Sea and compromising the primary food source of the region’s iconic and beleaguered Southern Resident Orcas. As a result of legal action initiated by the Wild Fish Conservancy, Cooke Aquaculture, the owner of the net-pens, agreed to create a mitigation fund exceeding $1 million to support projects designed to improve the water quality and/or aquatic habitat of Puget Sound. In the fund's initial round, approximately $250,000 in grants is available.

The fund is interested in proposals that contribute to ongoing studies that result in the creation of current individual health assessments and long-term health monitoring of the Southern Resident Orca (SRO) Distinct Population segment; use non-invasive methods to collect and analyze biological samples to assess proximate health parameters (i.e., stress hormones, nutrition hormones, pregnancy hormones, toxicant levels, and other environmental factors such as microplastics); and collect behavioral data to assess critical habitat use throughout the SRO range (i.e., important areas for resting, foraging, socializing).

Preference will be given to projects that advance the knowledge and conservation of endangered Southern Resident Orcas, with a primary focus on research projects focused on monitoring the physiological health of the SRO Distinct Population Segment and furthering understanding of the limiting factors that contribute to the population’s decline; propose long-term monitoring of SRO health and related issues; articulate an outreach or educational component that utilizes project data in advocacy for policies or regulations that would improve the health of Southern Resident Orcas; and include the robust participation of community-based organizations.

Grants of up to $75,000 over five years will be awarded. Applicants seeking more than $40,000 should submit a pre-proposal by August 14 summarizing the project before submitting a full proposal.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, fiscally-sponsored by a 501(c)(3), a governmental or tribal entity, or a Canadian-registered charitable organization. University applicants are limited to a maximum 5 percent general university overhead load, and university applicants are strongly encouraged to include a community-based partner in their project.

See the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Deadline: October 01, 2020