The Fund’s goal is to mitigate past pollution runoff by supporting community-based efforts to protect or improve the water quality of Puget Sound.
In addition to anticipating proposals from larger organizations, the Foundation has specifically reserved some of the grant funds for smaller grassroots organizations and it encourages proposals from local, volunteer-based groups and environmental justice-oriented organizations. Project proposals centered around equity and with strong community involvement and participation are especially encouraged to apply.
Types of Projects Supported: Projects designed to improve (or prevent degradation of) the water quality of Puget Sound and its watershed. Project activities include water stewardship, advocacy, outreach and education, restoration, and watershed protection. Project proposals with strong community involvement and participation are especially encouraged.
Local Community Focus: The Rose Foundation has a strong preference towards supporting locally-based, community-led projects. If your organization is statewide or national in scope, or has a large multi-million dollar budget, we encourage you to partner with a locally-based group in your proposal.
Environmental Justice: Supporting environmental and social justice is a core organizational value that guides the Fund and the Rose Foundation. Applications from environmental justice-oriented organizations are highly encouraged. Projects that involve impacted communities and are centered around principles of equity will be given preference.
For more information on project examples, see: https://rosefdn.org/puget-sound-stewardship-mitigation-fund/eligibility