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Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Governmental and Tribal Entities, and IHEs for Projects Related to Water Quality

Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund

GrantWatch ID# 179821
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Rose Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington: Puget Sound and the Salish Sea

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/17/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $40,000 to Washington nonprofit organizations, governmental and tribal entities, and IHEs for projects related to water quality in eligible regions. Projects addressing equity and having strong involvement and participation of the community are especially encouraged to apply. Funding is intended for applicants who serve Puget Sound and its watershed.

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.

Geographic Focus:

  • South Sound, especially Budd Inlet, Muck Creek, Nisqually River, and Commencement Bay, including Hylebos Waterway.
  • Skagit River watershed, and associated reaches of Puget Sound in the Mt. Vernon area
  • Green River, Black River, plus Limited Funds: Duwamish River and Central Sound

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.

Here are some examples of the types of projects that are eligible for funding. These are only examples. A project does not have to cover all of the topics or activities listed:
  • Water Quality Monitoring & Testing
  • Innovative Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects
  • Policy Development & Legal Services
  • Environmental Education
  • Community Leadership & Capacity Building

For more information on project examples, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization, fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3, or a governmental or tribal entity. If your small neighborhood-based organization is not a 501(c)3 or already has a fiscal sponsor, but has a compelling project, the Rose Foundation may be willing to act as your fiscal sponsor for this grant proposal. Nonprofit colleges, universities, university clinics, and graduate programs are eligible to apply, but university overhead is limited to 5% of grant award.

The following activities or types of projects will not be funded:
- Endowment, land acquisition, capital improvement (unless proposed project directly improves water quality) or other similar projects.
- Grants to individuals.
- Grants to for-profit businesses.
- Grants for general operating support.
- Grants for projects that are not Puget Sound or Salish Sea-related

Pre-Application Information
Spring Round:
- Applications are due March 17, 2023.
- Grant awards will be announced by late May 2023.

Organizations that have been funded may re-apply in the next cycle after their grant report has been submitted. After three consecutive years of funding, groups must wait two years before reapplying.

- Eligibility and Priorities:
- For the online grant submissions instructions, see:
- Watch the How to Apply workshop:

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $40,000. If your organization has an annual budget of $100,000 or less, the Foundation recommends applying for a grant of $10,000 or less.

Term of Contract
Most grants are for a one-year period; however, you do not have to ask for a one-year grant. It is permitted to request a shorter or longer grant period if that is what you need.

Contact Information
Apply online:;

For more information, contact:

Jodene Isaacs, Mitigation Funds Director

Tim Bell, PNW Program Officer

Rose Foundation
201 4th Street, Suite 102
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 658-0702

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