The California Wildlands Grassroots Fund, a component fund of the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, was established to support the efforts of activists to preserve California's wildlands.
CWGF supports conservationists advocating for the permanent protection of intact wildlands on both public and private lands in order to help preserve California's wilderness and native biological diversity. The fund defines "wildlands" as natural habitats, privately or publicly owned, that are (or have the potential to be) permanently preserved through legislation or deed restrictions.
CWGF provides a broad range of support to promote the capacity of activists and organizations working to protect wildernesses in the state. Specifically, the fund focuses on small nonprofit organizations and individual activists with an eligible sponsoring organization who show a demonstrated ability and commitment to conserve California's natural landscapes, ecosystems, plants, and wildlife; and on geographic areas and advocacy efforts that have not received significant foundation support.
The fund supports a range of strategies, including but not limited to communications campaigns (including mailings, web-based communications and social media, paid advertising, etc.); strategic campaign planning and implementation; advocacy-related travel or other expenses; research; hiring technical, legal, or scientific experts or consultants; equipment purchase or rental; training; conferences; retreats; monitoring; mapping; and restoration and trail maintenance.
The maximum grant amount is $7,500. Grants can be used to support activities such as mailings; paid advertising; advocacy-related travel; research; hiring technical, legal, or scientific experts and consultants; equipment purchase or rental; training; retreats; monitoring; mapping; and advocacy-related personal expenses.
Applications must be submitted by California-based 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations with annual budgets of $150,000 or less.
Visit the CWGF Web site for complete program guidelines and the application instructions.